FROM JULY 29TH TO SEPTEMBER 4TH
Moscow's new Multimedia Art Museum is located in the center of the city, a few minutes by foot from Red Square. It is a magnificent, modern, brand-new museum with an area of 9,000 sq.m. Opened just a few weeks ago, this prestigious setting is hosting two GoodPlanet Foundation flagship exhibitions: the 7 billion Others video exhibition and the "Forests and People" photo exhibition.
A SCENOGRAPHY ADAPTED TO THE RUSSIAN PUBLIC
On the first floor, visitors enter a very large room entirely devoted to the emblematic film of the 7 billion Others project: the mosaic of faces. The film, fully re-edited for the occasion, lasts around 20 minutes and allows visitors to watch the most striking of the 6,000 personal accounts gathered for the project in 84 countries. Visitors are invited to sit on the benches and immerse themselves in this giant, 24 meter-long and 5 meter-high mosaic. They will discover the tens of portraits presented to them, and share the speakers' laughter, their fears, their dreams and their messages for the world.
Visitors can then proceed to the -1 floor. Once there, in a dedicated movie theater, they will be able to discover some of the thematic films forming the heart of the 7 billion Others project: Making love last / Meaning of life / Forgiveness, as well as the Making of movie: Fifty-two minutes to understand what went on behind the scenes, how reporters work, the equipment they use and the filming protocol, etc. And lastly, they will understand why the people who bear witness in the 7 billion Others films answered the questions in so honest and straightforward a manner.
All these films, like the mosaic, are presented with two sets of subtitles: in Russian and English.
FORESTS AND PEOPLE
The United Nations has proclaimed 2011 the International Year of Forests.
On this occasion, the GoodPlanet foundation presents Forests and People: an exhibition of the most beautiful photos of forests throughout the world to help people discover and celebrate the forest. The work of 40 photographers brought together in this exhibition becomes an appeal to preserve the world's forests. Forty talented and committed photographers, each of whom have tried to immortalize nature and the beauty of forests, since they need us just as we need them. Among these 40 photographers are Frans Lanting, Michael Nichols, Vincent Munier, Hans Silvester, Olivier Grunewald, Cyril Ruoso, Art Wolfe and Yann Arthus-Bertrand.
From dangers to solutions, from local initiatives to global policies, this exhibition aims to be an initiatory journey blending emotion with knowledge that will arouse both wonder and questioning through the prism of six distinct themes: discover the forest, live in the forest, forests in space and time, the forest at the service of life, the planet cleared of its forests and the future of the forests. After Geneva and Paris, we are delighted to share this exhibition with the Russian public.
Alongside the exhibition, GoodPlanet proposes educational posters offered to all the schools in the world, the official Year of Forests film directed by Yann Arthus-Bertrand (which is available in Russian but also in many other languages ; the US version is commented Edward Norton), together with a book illustrated by photos from the exhibition.
The 7 billion Others could not have come into existence and been produced in so impressive a manner without the full, ongoing support of BNP Paribas.
Thank you to Anna Georgieva, BNP Paribas Russia, for her dedication, her enthusiasm and her role of coordination in Russia.
Thank you to the Multimedia Art Museum for agreeing to share these two exhibitions with the Russian public. Particular thanks to Olga Sviblova and Olga Nesterseva.
Thanks to the PR agency Eventful, particularly Olga Popova, for the information support about the projet.
Thanks to Rudy Masset, Erwan Surget, Agathe Moulonguet and Catherine Arthus-Bertrand for their help with the People and Forests exhibition. And, lastly, a big thank you to Eric Boisteaux for coordinating the whole Forests and People exhibition in Moscow.