«Mad House» at the Multimedia Art Museum
Thoughts & Things

On April 8, 2017, the Palisander gallery opened its doors in one of the former industrial buildings of the Trehgornaya Manufactory. Its main concept is the symbiosis of design and fine art of the second half of the XXth century. The gallery’s inaugural exhibition Midcentury: Designer Furniture and Abstract Painting took place from April 6 until May 10, 2017.

Design of the 1950’s and 1960’s is characterized by clean lines, animacy of material and moderate minimalism. More than half a century later these features haven’t lost their relevance. Many furniture pieces by the leading designers of that time are in perfect condition and today decorators use them to create spectacular interiors.

The exhibition featured postwar Italian design pieces with their streamline forms, Scandinavian furniture with its austere shapes and devotion to natural materials, recognizable American objects made of bent veneer. Their authors included Jindrich Halabala, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Gio Ponti, Arne Jacobsen, Norman Cherner, Charles and Ray Eames and others. All exhibits were special and in perfect condition, able to impress a professional and infatuate a neophyte with design history.

The gallery founder, art historian and critic Alina Pinsky created a thematic narrative and shared her own story of design. 

The other section of the exhibition was devoted to abstract painting which acted as an organic and necessary supplement. In the 1950s abstract art was in its zenith and managed to carve out a niche in the global culture. Strong expression, spontaneity and psychologism were some of postwar abstract art features. The two cities which played a major role in the establishment of abstract art were New York, with Pollock, de Kooning, Rothko, and Paris, with Soulages, de Stael, Polyakov, Vieira da Silva. 

Alongside the grand masters of the time, many other talented abstract artists are becoming more and more sought-after. It is manifested through the rise in auction prices and heighten interest of important European galleries. Such artists are to become another speciality of the Palisander gallery. 

One of the industrial spaces at the Trehgornaya Manufactory was reconstructed by Wowhaus architectural studio. This XIX century production facility became a functional gallery space corresponding with Palisander character. The architectural project features simple design, elegancy, ergonomics and comfort. 

Besides exhibitions and art and furniture sales the gallery plans to organize lectures, workshops and roundtable discussions for professionals and anyone interested in design and art.