In 2014, V–A–C Foundation (owner – the richest Russian oligarch Leonid Mikhelson) acquired the 20,000 sq. m former power plant, GES-2 in the center of Moscow right in front of the Kremlin, tasking the Renzo Piano Building Workshop with its transformation into a cultural institution.
Over the next five years, the cameras followed the construction works along with the cultural initiatives of the Foundation. In the film, these events are interlaced in an unconventional non-chronological order.
“A delightful reminder of the transformative power of art”
“The war should be over. It’s a very devastating period of time for a lot of people in both countries. It’s a very terrible, terrible time now.”
In this documentary, director Nastia Korkia chronicles the conversion of the former GES-2 energy plant that powered the Kremlin into a large public art space over the course of five years, with surprising access to key players from all levels of the project.
“All activities in GES-2 have stopped. All the artists have closed their shows and left the building, which is sad but the only thing they could do, considering what is happening in Ukraine.”
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