In the year 1935, at the beginning of the Great Terror in the USSR and in the midst of the Great Depression in the US, the writers Ilja Ilf and Jewgeni Petrow travelled in a silver Ford through the vastness of America. They were guided by the brave, immigrant Engineer Solomon Trone from the East Coast to the West Coast and back to the East Coast, all commissioned by the Soviet State Organ PRAWDA.
What almost looked like a classical road-trip was in fact a tour with a secret mission and higher purpose. The two Russians concluded their humorous and partially bizarre experiences in the land of the class enemy in their famous travel-diary-novel “Little Golden America” with photographs and texts. Exactly 80 years later the artists Jana Müller, Alexej Meschtschanow and the author Felicitas Hoppe follow the near exact route of the literary duo, supported by the skilful guidance of professor Ulrike Rainer, also an immigrant. From 2015 until 2018 a renewed, literal, but this time also artistic, survey of the …
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Image caption: Felicitas Hoppe, Jana Müller und Alexej Meschtschanow “Grand Tour – Europa verlassen”, 2015 – 2018
Leaving Europe | Jana Müller, Felicitas Hoppe + Alexej Meschtschanow | Contemporary Art – Exhibitions Berlin – ART at Berlin