A one night pop-up art exhibition inspired by Fyodor Dostoevsky’s novel of dramatic tragedy. It took place on June 23rd, 2015 at St. John of Shanghai Orthodox Church.
In THE IDIOT, Prince Myshkin’s extreme compassion for his friends leads to mutual despair, instead of redemptive freedom.
As the image of this stained glass window shatters over time, its beauty is deconstructed and becomes trapped, like a bird in a cage. Through this process, we ask the questions:
Is selfless compassion actually redemptive? Or is it just self-destructive idiocy?
Why is goodness so often futile?
Can beauty really save the world?
Carall Street and Cordova Street
Mid May-June 1, 2015
Open Book Art Collective is pleased to introduce the book we will be reading, exploring and creating art around this 2015 winter/spring season.
The Idiot is a classic, written by Russian author Fyodor Dostoevsky, between 1868 and 1869. Contrasting with Dostoevsky’s portrayal of a guilty man in Crime and Punishment is his portrayal of the ideal man, a man of pure innocence, Prince Myskin. The Idiot explores what happens when this Prince encounters the real world, a world that Dostoevsky paints as being obsessed with power, money and manipulation.
Have you read this book before? If so what are your thoughts on Part 1? Do you agree with the statement below?
Follow along with us as we read and digest all four parts of this intriguing novel and then join us for the art exhibit later in the year!