In the framework of the strategic cooperation between MOMus and the UNESCO Chair on Futures Research, a new educational programme is being implemented at the MOMus Museum of Modern Art, during the exhibition “50+1 Stories from the Kostakis Collection” (Expires 26 November 2023).
The stories from the past, written and otherwise, those told by the works themselves, speak about the world at the beginning of the 20th century, about the lives of the people who lived then, their societies, their fears, their joys, their relationship with nature, technology and the future. A future that for us today is the present. Through the changes in visual expression, the transition from realistic depiction to the non-objective, the transition from depicting the environment as we know it to images reminiscent of machines and constructions from science fiction films, we realize the need that we all had and have, whether we were born in 1880 or 2000, to imagine the future.
During the programme, we learn about the history of the Kostakis Collection and get to know some of the most famous works of the Russian Avant Guard, using a viewing guide, taking a free tour, taking a guided tour, discussing and playing games. The programme concludes with Gustav Klutsis’ Dynamic City (1919), a play full of promise of a fantastic future in utopian cities, accompanied by an imaginative game based on the award-winning card game The Thing from the Future. In the version of the game adapted to the museum’s programme, each student is invited to imagine an object we use in the future, ‘build’ it and present it.