The Climatron situated in the Missouri Botanical Garden is the first geodesic dome to be used as a conservatory. The garden, portrayed in the brochure above, is described as "a center of beauty, pleasure & learning." Photo: Jack Zehrt and Shaw Camera.
ALUAN is an exhibition space in the shape of a magazine.
Each issue of this exhibition on paper is produced by a guest curator who explores a different art scene, defines a topic, and selects artists and artworks for display.
It is a sequence of images, accompanied by a text that can be read as a guided tour.
First issue is curated by Berlin based art critic and curator Thibaut de Ruyter and focusing on art scene of Almaty (the former capital of Kazakhstan) proposing a historical position, an archive about the city and artworks that deal with identity and mapping.
Central Asia has only a few art institutions and publications that provide accessible information and critical content about contemporary art.
ALUAN is two things in one: exhibition space and a publication with an approach valid both inside and outside Kazakhstan.
The magazine is published in three languages (Kazakh, Russian, English) and becomes an alternative way of making exhibitions.