Russian director creates an art facility based on a Rembrandt painting


Russian director Alexander Sokurov, winner of the Golden Lion at the Venice Festival in 2011, presented at the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg a multimedia art facility dedicated to Rembrandt’s painting “The Return of the Prodigal Son.”

Museum director Mikhail Piotrovsky noted that this work constitutes an expressive immersion in the masterpiece and creates an impression of strength and awe.

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Sokurov said during a press conference at the museum: “In my view, Rembrandt remains a transcendent title and a contemporary topic, and the question I ask is: Who is returning, and what does he carry with him? Because a person who carries on his shoulders changes and atrocities may be dangerous ».

The artistic installation completed by the Russian director represents a “cut into pieces” painting and the moving statues of the characters in the painting are surrounded by powerful images and videos that show especially war footage and a scene of two fighting men who were burned alive.


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