A joint presentation of the Russian National Museum and the Ludwig Museum in St. Petersburg of the work of Angel Orensanz will mark this year the opening of the Russian cultural Fall. The sculpture event is called “Sails of Departure; Sails of Arrival”, and is the first leg of a world tour of Spanish American artist Angel Orensanz. At the request of several art museums he will carry his art work, called “One fragile Universe” to twelve major cities around the planet during 2006-2007. The show consists of a large scale art silk constructs that invite to self introspection and suggest a universal sense of inter dependence. The show in St. Petersburg will open at Mid Day of this August 24.

The Orensanz installation, inside the area of said museums, continues the tradition of both institutions of offering the Western and Russian avant-garde of most interest. The title refers to the banks of the river Neva, where Peter the Great founded the city. Through the Bay of Finland have entered Russia the Western cultural ideas and from St. Petersburg have reached Europe, among others, the socialist revolution and the contemporary revolutions in cinema, photography, painting, poetry and theater.

St. Petersburg has been and is now the cultural capital of Russia. Angel Orensanz has been actively present in the Russian art scene for the last twenty years with installations and exhibitions in Moscow and St. Petersburg. Still is fresh in Russia the memory of his 2005 exhibition titled “Earth: Death-Birth” that opened at the Alexander Pushkin Museum in Moscow in May 2005 and then at the Rumiantzev Palace with the support of the Russian Museum of St. Petersburg during last Summer.

Professor Alexander Borofsky, curator of contemporary art at the State Russian Museum and the Ludwig will be the main speaker. The opening will be carried live through the internet at www.angelorensanz.com and on cellular phone transmission by McLanemedia in New York. And again, on September 7 there will be a special nationwide TV production followed by an event at the Angel Orensanz Foundation in Manhattan. The world tour will take Angel Orensanz’s work to museums in Palermo, Berlin, Cairo, Dubai, Beijing, Tokyo, Yakutia, Mexico City, Buenos Aires, New York, Madrid and Paris in the course of the next twelve months.