artist perished under his painting in the result of an explosion
on the eve of the opening day ",
installation, Art-Moscow Fair, Central Artist's House, Moscow.
the 12th of October 1654 at 10.15 three huge explosions shook Delft,
the famous town of artists which great Vermeer himself originated
from. A gunpowder store, which exploded without any visible reason,
destroyed a third of the town. Houses and temples were on fire for
two days. For two day the canal Aude Delft was a mirror for fire
flames. There were many victims. Among them there were three artists.
Their names were Van Ester, France Peck and an apprentice of Rembrant
called Carelle Fabricius.
Later there appeared a legend mentioned by Peter Greenway in his
lecture "Five Duch Films Produced in Imagination " (Utreht,
According to this legend the tragic event in a sorrowful and dreadful
way was prepared by artists themselves. In order to get rid of competitor
but the main idea was to stimulate the art market.
The survived artists of Delft not losing time started making good
money depicting the grim scenes of the tragedy.
What conclusions can we make on the basis of this legend?
Firstly - the art market as a symbolic one still presents a prototype
of any other market. And it becomes clear that a market requires
Secondly - an artist's irresponsible attitude to his own creative
work may cause a tragedy, but the artist himself becomes a victim.
It directly concerns the current situation.
We have to admit that the explosions, which shake our towns, are
of avail to authorities, financial capital and the society …
And we have to admit that we are also responsible for what is going
The project is dedicated to the theme of an artist's responsibility
for his creation (work)