Moscow Conceptualism. 1972 Ц 1979


26.09 - 02.12.2012, 01:00-18:00

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Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation
Volga region branch of the National Centre for Contemporary Arts

with support of
State Tretyakov gallery, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow Archive of New Art, Ekaterina Cultural Foundation, Museum centre of the Russian State University for the Humanities

present the exhibition

"Moscow Conceptualism. 1972 – 1979"
29 September – 02 December 2012

Moscow Conceptualism is one of the most significant movements of the Russian art. Despite the fact that it has been considered to be classic for quite some time, initial period of its history is still unclear and unstudied, what we know about it is rather myths. It may be said that all art movements, from Impressionism to Arte Povera and Moscow Actionism, are merely beautiful legends, but they are based on real facts which can be discussed.
This exhibition is an attempt to present new material for discussion and understand this complex art phenomenon. Of course, it is not the first exhibition with such a purpose – recently two large projects dedicated to the Moscow Conceptualism in a broad time and cultural context took place: “The Total Enlightenment” in the Frankfurt Schirn Kunsthalle and “Field of Action” in the Ekaterina Cultural Foundation in Moscow.

The exposition in the Arsenal combines artworks from the 1970s by the famous Moscow conceptual artists: N. Alekseev, E. Bulatov, V. Gerlovin and R. Gerlovina, “The NEST” group (G. Donskoy, M. Roshal, V. Skersis), I. Kabakov, V. Komar and A. Melamid, “Collective Actions” group, I. Makarevich, A. Monastyrskiy, V. Nekrasov, D. Pirogov, L. Rubinstein and I. Chuikov.

The Nizhny Novgorod project is unique as its curator is an artist-conceptualist – Yuri Albert, knowing creative process from the inside. His acquaintance with the artists-conceptualists which at the time represented non-official art took place when he studied at school. The exhibition is characterized by a rather narrow approach – only one decade and limited circle of artists. Among the artworks represented in the Arsenal exhibition hall – objects, graphic, paintings, photographs, actions documentation, texts – some works will be displayed for the first time.

The ceremony of opening will take place on the 28th of September at 19:00.

Yuri Albert lives and works in Moscow (Russian) and Cologne (Germany). Painter, graphic artist, author of objects, he represent the second generation of the Moscow Conceptualism artists and plays a significant role in this art movement. His works are among collections of the State Tretyakov gallery (Moscow), the State Russian Museum (Saint-Petersburg), the Helsinki Museum of Contemporary Art (Finland), etc. It is his debut as a curator of an exhibition.

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