Moscow's crowded subway train has become the newest exhibition space for their public art display, "Intensive XX". For the past several years, Moscow's use of the Metro has included topics from literature to cinema, and now has opened their most recent feature, fine art pieces from notable Russian artists of the 20th century.
Curator, Faina Balakhovkaya, included 78 high quality reproductions, featuring works from famous avant-garde movements, such as Social Realism, to Modernism. The idea of bringing the work out of the museums and into the public sphere is not novel, however Moscow gives the viewer an additional focus. The artwork on the subway walls are only fragments of the works themselves.
This concept offered a varied display that highlighted the fact that the pictures were not on museum walls, but were actually site specific. By bringing the artwork to this space, the viewing capacity was guaranteed with the large quantities of commuters on a daily basis. To further the learning experience, the exhibit includes access to an online collection of stories, documentation, and videos about the masterpieces displayed. Not to mention, the museum where the actual full works are exhibited is a stop on the subway line itself.
A public art program at its best, Moscow showcases their creativity in bringing their national collection to the streets.