‘Moessorgski on the flow of time’ is a reflection of Brita Bakema’s imaginary journey to meet Moessorgski. It is the Russian composer who, in 1874, wrote the world famous piano suite, which he called the ‘Pictures at an Exhibition’.
It was her memory of an unfinished collection of illustrations, based on the music, urging her to go back in time. Going back in time was the only way to discover what fascinated her as a young girl in this music. And that was the very moment she started with those illustrations. She studied Moessorgski’s personality, in which she observed the social-economic and cultural contradictions, which dominated Russia in his time.
In 1917, thirty-six years after Moessorgksi’s death, those in the revolution would come to fail, which for many who believed in liberal humanism would become decay. Based on her personal experiences, impressions and facts, Brita Bakema describes three cultural historical time frames, shaped by a mutual coherence of word, sound and image. Brita Bakema’s Book is an ode to art and the meaning of life.
Brita Bakema (1941) studied graphic design and cultural work. In addition, she followed painting lessons from Karel Appel and Oskar Kokoschka. For many years she worked as a curator, publicist and advisor in the field of Dutch contemporary, free and applied arts. Back in the sixties she worked with her father, architect J.B. Bakema on the composition of the books ‘CIAM ’59 in Otterlo’ (Karl Krämer Verlag, Stuttgart) and ‘Van Stoel tot Stad’ (De Haan, Zeist). In 2014, she initiated the exhibition ‘Jaap and Sia Bakema: Habitat’ at Het Nieuwe Instituut (NAI) in Rotterdam, in which she wrote a publication of the same name.