The Wax Bee award went to the Russian team for their project “The Moscow River Age.”
The Russian pavilion at the XXII Triennale di Milano explores the human-river relationship and represents a timeline of stories that spans 200 years. It consists of 38 lockers on display with various objects inside, including screens, pictures, and models. Each of the objects corresponds to a different year – from 1919 to 2119. The exhibition is accompanied by the sounds of “Radio Moscow River,” and one of the lockers allows you to switch between four frequencies.
According to the jury, the pavilion "The Moscow River Age" reveals the symbiotic role that the river plays in the life of the city. “Through an elegantly presented and playful timeline of visual vignettes, the designers weave a sophisticated narrative of the river that makes it come to life. The jury was captivated by the use of the past and the future to remind us that the time for action is now,” the jury said in a statement.
This year marks the first time that the Milan Triennial gave an award for the best pavilion. Three Italian designers created a bee sculpture from different materials. The winning Australia pavilion received the Golden Bee, while the Black Bee was awarded to Austria. The Wax Bee by artist Bona Calvi went to the Russian team.
According to the coordinator of the Russian exhibition, Bogdan Peric, the project is an attempt to show that the relationship with nature does not depend on politics or on authorities, and should be passed down from generation to generation. “Citizens should feel responsible for the nature of their city, including its parks and rivers,” said Peric.
The exhibition “The Moscow River Age” was developed by the “Friends of the Moscow River” initiative and the architecture firm Meganom, with the support of the Moscow Architectural Institute (MArchI). Yuri Grigoryan, Yury Kuznetsov, Sergey Sitar, Elena Uglovskaya and Strelka alumni Anna Kamyshan and Taisiya Osipova, are among the authors of the concept and design.
The XXII Triennale di Milano began on March 1 and will run until September 1, 2019. This year's theme is “Broken Nature: Design Takes on Human Survival.” The exhibition is supervised by Paola Antonelli. The graphic design for the triennial was created by Strelka art director Anna Kulachek.