Ivan Mikhailov takes part to “Allegories d’oubli” @Nouveau Festival, Centre Pompidou

“Mothers and Daughters”, Ivan Mikhailov, 2013, view from the exhibition, courtesy MAMM and Centre Pompidou

Four photographs from the series “Mothers and Daughters” by Ivan Mikhailov are presented in the exhibition “Allégories d’oubli” as part of the Nouveau Festival at the Pompidou Center in Paris.

The exhibition gathers fifty proposals by contemporary artists who introduced the idea of the forgotten and the reminiscence in their work.


“Наверху” (On top): a group show of Russian artists making us raise our head

Vladimir Logutov, Irina Korina and Elikuka take part with a couple of other contemporary Russian artists to the group show “On top”, an epoch reflected in the sky of Moscow, curated by Evguenia Kikodze at the Museum of Moscow.

The exhibition gather in one room the most famous contemporary artists in Russia.

With even artwork displayed on the exhibition hall ceiling of the museum of the Moscow history, the artists make us raise our head, look above, and discover a range of information that our contemporary urban way of living doesn’t give us the time to see or cuts off of our thoughts.

Must see if you are in Moscow from Feb 7 to April 1st

website of the Moscow Museum (only in Russian)

Images courtesy the artists and the Moscow Museum

“Dance Macabre”, Diana Machulina at the American Academy in Rome

After a three-months artist residency in the American Academy in Rome, Diana Machulina presents “Dance Macabre“, a new project as part of the exhibition Cinque Mostre – Time and Again.
From ruins to relics in churches and embalmed bodies in catacombs, memento mori are everywhere in Rome, a city whose earthly delights are indelibly associated with La Dolce Vita.
Rome is suffused with both hedonism and melancholia; the pleasures of life are ineluctably entwined with the sadness of the inevitability of death.
A contemporary meditation upon the Rome’s dual identity, “Dance Macabre” revisits Andy Warhol’s  ”Dance diagrams,” adding skeletal partners who haunt the dancers’ steps outlined on the floor.

“Mothers and Daughters”, a new investigation by the photographer Ivan Mikhailov

In the exhibition  ”Russia beyond mythologies“, curated by Olga Sviblova and the Moscow Multimedia Art Museum, as part of Russenko festival  in Kremlin-Bicêtre, the young Russian photographer Ivan Mikhailov presents his new photographic project “Mothers and Daughters“.

With a scientific and objective approach inherited from the Dusseldorf school of photography, Ivan Mikhailov presents the women of forty families he has selected in different regions in Russia and from various social origins, using the same position and neutral light, giving a documentary and almost cataloging dimension to this artwork.

Ivan Mikhailov wants to investigate the passing of time through generations as well as the relations inside a familly, with a personal touch as, with 3 sisters, he has always been surrounded by women in his childhood.

Images : view from the exhibition, Ivan Mikhailov

Fyodor Pavlov-Andreevich in Miami

Jesus Cristo de Jelo, lenticular photography, Fyodor Pavlov-Andreevich, 2013

Fyodor Pavlov-Andreevich, performance artist, writer, theater director and filmmaker, living between Moscow, London and São Paulo will present 3 events in Miami during the art week there.

* “Jesus Cristo de Jelo”, a false stereoscopic performative photography piece presented at Luciana Brito Galeria’s booth, Art Basel Miami Beach, Dec 5-8

* “Chewing for the lion”, a performance as a part of Whitechapel Gallery’s special Miami night, Hotel Delanoe, on Dec 3rd, 8-11pm

 *”My mouth is a temple”, a documentation film on a 2009 performance as part of a public screening program, Art Basel Film, on Dec 6th, 8pm

Russian Bear Trap, by Vladimir Logutov

“Golden trap”, Vladimir Logutov, 2013, golden galvanized steel, diameter 30cm

Vladimir Logutov is one of the most radical of the young Russian artists. Artist, organiser and curator of several exhibitions such as the recent show “Nothing of the kind”, Vladimir Logutov is playing with the specificities of each art form, would it be video, sculpture or painting.

The core of his work is a game with the reality and with the viewer, to create a new reality. His practice is very involved with the environment where he is living, in Samara, on the Volga river in Russia.

Between a ready-made and an artistic object, this “golden trap” sculpture is one of his latest artwork.  What doest this tell us about Russia:  its vast landscape and forests, populated by bears, also symbol of the country; its specific conditions for backwardness, rooted in his geography and history that some economists call “bear traps”, despite the gold and money flowing out of the country;  the heavy losses that could occur in the stock market from false signal ; or would it refer to Russia’s diplomatic trick? The gold made this trap lose its power, and more intended to be hung as a crest in a museum exhibition.

Artists’Zoo, a panorama of the Russian performance

The Solyanka State Gallery in Moscow presents “Artist’s Zoo”, as part of the 5th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art.

The Solyanka gallery is the unique institution to present for the second time a panorama of Russian artists evolving in the genre of the performance. The project consists of  seven Russian artists performing each in their own cage for 7 days (the actual performance’s documentation will then remain on view). The Zoo is dedicated to the outstanding Taiwaneseperformance artist Tehching Hsieh, whose first work in New York in the early 1980s saw him sitting behind bars for a year and doing nothing for 365 days.

Fyodor Pavlov-Andreevich is showing a new work at The Zoo, entitled “My Face Is On Vacation”, as a continuation of “My Mouth is a Temple”, part of  ”Marina Abramovic presents” at the Manchester International Festival in 2009.

Diana Machulina at the New Tretyakov Gallery

“Telo truda (the body of work)”, Diana Machulina, mixed-media installation, 2013

A new artwork by Diana Machulina is presented in the exhibition “Modern art museum: the department of work and employment” at the New Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow.

The aim of the exhibition is to trace the history of labour in Soviet and post-Soviet art,  from the 1960s to now, and show how representations of labour, and the ways in which it is depicted, have changed as new artistic practices have evolved.

As a participating artist, Diana Machulina presents a mixed-media installation inspired by the Russian poet, Nikolai Nekrassov (1821-1878), and his poem “Who is happy in Russia?” about seven russian peasants who set out to ask various elements of the rural population if they are happy, to which the answer is never satisfactory

Vladimir Logutov, artist and curator

Kirill Makarov

In two collateral events of the 5th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, Vladimir Logutov has curated two exhibitions to present his perception of the great potential of the younger generations of Russian artists. Using different sources of media, painting, sculpture, photography or video, all these artists are united by their use of a conceptual language and by the different ways they use to express the deception of spectator’s expectations and the system of perception of a work itself.

The two projects are:

Nothing of the kind, at Moscow Museum, with the support of  the Foundation Vladimir Smirnov and Konstantine Sorokin.

- “2″, at Start, Winzavod, Moscow, paintings by Kirill Makarov

Vladimir Logutov is also invited-curator at Start Project, Winzavod.

During the Moscow Biennale, artwork of Vladimir Logutov can be seen in the parallel project “Heavy Metal“, also at Winzavod.


Fyodor Pavlov-Andreevich, another Russian enchanted by Brazil at Casa Modernista, Sao Paulo

Fyodor Pavlov-Andreevich presents “Laughterlife” at Casa Modernista, in Sao Paulo, a site-specific installation and a performance based on the story of  Gregory Warschavchik. This Russian Jewish architect, born in Odessa in 1896, escaped death from Russian Empire pogroms, famine or Stalin’s reign of terror as he left very young to complete his studies in Rome and then arrived in Sao Paulo  - to create Brazil’s first modernist house – and to remain there until the end of his days.

More info : Casa Modernista