The main part of Art|Panorama INFERNO is a world known sculpture exhibition 'IN DANTE VERITAS' by Vasily Klyukin which moved to Lucerne right after the 58th Venice Biennale Arte, 2019.
First time the collection was shown in Saint-Petersburg at The State Russian Museum and became the most attended city Art show during the summer period.
So far, approximately 500,000 people have visited the ‘IN DANTE VERITAS’ in different parts of the world and It earned an unprecedented response from the visitors with thousands of written grateful reviews. One of the reasons of such an ‘immersive experience’ is the poetry audio guide on 11 languages, the art object itself, leaves absolutely nobody indifferent.
A reverberation of Dante Alighieri's 14th-century epic poem Divine Comedy, Vasily Klyukin explores themes of human vice and sin, Good and Evil, and reimagines Dante’s Inferno as an environmental collapse — the final consequence for our sin and non-action.
Blurring the boundary between figuration and modern abstraction, the collection represents a narrative that re-engineers the 9 circles of hell. 21 sculptures are showing human sins like Anger, Hypocrite, Gluttony and Betrayal. 4 Horsemen of Apocalypse by their new names: Overpopulation, Misinformation, Extermitation and Pollution at 3.5-meter height, these raise important global issues, ushering classical tropes into the modern era.
As renowned art critic Donald Kuspit highlights, “Klyukin’s Dante Veritas is avant-garde entertainment that addresses a pressing public concern: the possible — inevitable? — extinction of the human species.”
In Lucerne the exposition has been supplemented with 2 art objects. One is a “Prison” where the most famous villains of the world are permanently locked, which continues to discuss the topic of human sins. Here one can find Lenin, author of the Red Terror, Stalin, perpetrator of numerous repressions, Pablo Escobar who inundated America with cocaine, Bokassa — the cannibal, etc.
In the center of exhibition is the second added art object — The Heart of Hope, a breathtaking statue depiction of a great heart. Klyukin intends this as a symbol that we can still change everything, stop Death and Pollution, the symbol of Hope for the future.