Guide to Infante Family Heirloom: Family Love for Art

The AZ Museum opened the “Family Treasures” exhibition with photographs and multimedia works by the family of the famous anti-conformist artist Francisco Infante. The exhibition was set on three floors – on each you can find works by members of the dynasty. ΒΟΥΡΟ. has already managed to feel the power of love for art, which is passed down from generation to generation. Now it is your turn.


Francisco Infante Arana is a modern classic of earth art and kinetic art, and also the son of a Spanish communist who fled to the USSR. He took his first steps in painting, like many others, with academia: at the age of 13 he entered the Surikov School of Art and then graduated from the Stroganov Academy of Arts. However, having studied the basics of painting, he decided to turn to kinetic art. In the 1960s and ’70s, he explored ways to capture motion in the absence of digital technology. Creating abstract plants – “artifacts” in natural landscapes – he used mirrors, moving elements and optical illusions. Francisco was assisted in this by his wife Nonna Goryunova. The couple filmed the works and the process of creating them in black and white film, which is now part of the family archive.

Now the children and grandchildren of Nonna and Francisco continue the tradition: they make movies, play musical instruments, participate in shows and set up facilities. Each generation of Infante seeks its own means of expression, its own unique language. When asked if children should continue their parents’ work, Plato Infante answers: “Descendants are completely free to choose. The priorities are: freedom and interest.

The Family Values ​​exhibition is the first joint project that brought together all members of the family. For them this is another reason to meet, but not at the festive table, but inside the walls of the museum.

Francisco Infante on the set of items
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Francisco Infante, artwork from the Alpine Snow cycle, 2009
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Also from the movie “Thinking Out Loud” by Francisco Infante, 2009

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When you get to AZ, you become a guest at Infante’s house. The bright and cheerful first floor is divided into sections with partitions. In one place, the “living room” – 32 works by Francisco hang in exactly the same order as in his home workshop. Children and grandchildren were often in it: they painted, sculpted and watched their father and grandfather.

The other half of the space is a makeshift “nursery”, the walls of which are hung with the works of Plato Infante (younger son). In the new reality, they come to life with the help of a projector. “I found black paper in the trash, cut out figures from it and decorated it. The parents saw them and saw talent. So the works on the first floor are my first step in the world of art “. Plato shares. And here you can also see the short film “The House That Built K.” – the movie will introduce you to the rest of the family in a playful way.

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Photo from the exhibition “Family values”, children’s paintings of Plato
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Seraphim Infante, “New Year”, 2016
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Photo from the exhibition “Family values”

A room where everything around calls for movement. The name “Dance” speaks for itself. This exhibition, created especially for the exhibition, is a joint work of Platon Infante and his wife, Daria Konovalova-Infante. They studied together at the Moscow School of Art and then worked in the art group Homourban. “Dance” is a tribute to the work of the same name by Henri Matisse. The projection of dance and music shadows of family members on the walls invites you to participate in the process and makes you involuntarily move to the rhythms of the music. According to AZ curator and artistic director Polina Lobachevskaya, the reference to dance is not accidental – this is another passion of all Infante. You can be sure of that if you come to the exhibition and “catch” one of them.

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Henri Matisse, “Dance”, 1910
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Platon Infante and Daria Konovalova-Infante, Dance, installation, 2022

LOVE AND “CRAFTS”

In 1965, while relaxing on the shores of the Black Sea, Francisco Infante has a romantic idea: he decides to subject the stars to the laws of geometry and transfer his designs to the night sky. “Nature has become for me a symbol of the eternal, mysterious, divine world, whose fullness and fullness is another world, the so-called ‘second nature’, the world of technology,” the artist recalls. He wonders how the universe and the celestial bodies are arranged, but, of course, he finds no answer. This is how a reflection called “Works for the Reconstruction of the Starry Sky” appears, in which the story of man’s inability to understand and study the world comes to the fore. In addition to Projects, the third floor contains old photographs, 4 Sign Building Artifacts and other collaborations between Francisco and Nonna. They met in Stroganovka and from that moment on they did not separate. Similar views on art and interest in abstract art were shared by co-authors. For 60 years, the couple has been a living artistic union and the story of their life and work has been captured in numerous cinematic photographs – “crafts” of love.

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Francisco Infante and Nonna Goryunova in the set of objects, 1992
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Photo from the exhibition “Family values”
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Francisco Infante, Starry Sky Reconstruction Project, 1965-1967
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Francisco Infante, items from the Additions series, 1983

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