Russia is participating in the 55th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia with Russian artist Vadim Zakharov’s exhibition Danaë, curated by Udo Kittelmann. Vadim Zakharov’s show focuses on the ancient Greek myth of Danaë, the mother of Perseus by Zeus. The myth of Zeus and Danaë has inspired many works of art, including the picture by Rembrand which was damaged in 1985 by a madman who threw sulphuric acid onto the canvas. Vadim Zakharov gives the mythological theme of Danaë an updated interpretation. Curator Udo Kittelmann says: “The Greek myth of the impregnation of Danaë is subjected to numerous readings: a falling shower of gold makes reference to the seduction of Danaë as an allegory for human desire and greed, but also to the corrupting influence of money.
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(Image on top: Vadim Zakharov, Danaё Russian Pavilion, Venice , 2013 , Views of the installation; © Photos by Daniel Zakharov)