Out of School. After Lessons

Exhibition

05.04 - 28.04.2012

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Program: [Cooperation]

Place: Czech Center Prague (49 Wenceslas Square, Prague)

Curators: [Leonid Bazhanov], [Vitaly Patsyukov]

Coordinator: [Margarita Godina]

Participants: [Nikita Alexeyev], [Viktor Alimpiyev], [Kirill Alexandrov], [Vladislav Efimov], [Vladimir Kupriyanov]

Photo: Archive of the Czech culture centre in Prague

The exhibition “Out of School. After Lessons” is designed to acquaint Czech audiences with contemporary Russian art and continue the exchange of exhibition projects between Prague and Moscow, which had very special significance at the end of the last century.

The exhibition represents a current cross section of different trends in contemporary art in Russia unrestricted to any school or conceptual process of its development. At the same time, the creativity of a new generation of artists unknown to the Czech public is in some ways the successor of independent Moscow artists, which the Czech scholar Jindřich Chalupecký arbitrarily united in the “school of Sretensky Boulevard”.

Nikita Alexeev’s graphical installations contain clearly expressed traditions of Moscow Conceptualism combining semantic and visual images.

Kirill Alexandrov is an artist who in recent years has become one of the pioneers of Neo-Constructivist wave. His installations offer paradoxical artistic communications and Post-Fluxus realities.

Viktor Alimpiev’s video installation Nightingale creates a special context and rhythm with the historical quests of the Soviet avant-garde of the 1930s, with its “collectivist” coordinates, and at the same time emphasizes the “hollow” forms of contemporary artistic consciousness.

The art of Vladislav Efimov is defined by multimedia technologies containing reflections on the nature of scientific knowledge and on the traditional relationships between educational forms of science and the philosophical foundations of art.

The exhibition includes a project of one of the most outstanding representatives of contemporary Russian photography, Vladimir Kupriyanov, who has transformed traditional photography into a stereoscopic installation object that contains the sharp tendency to conflict of contemporary social processes and the multidimensional consciousness of the average person.

“Out of School. After Lessons” is a project inseparable from the radical culture of the 1960s and 1970s. Its images organically continue and develop the search of Russian visual culture associated with the problems of modern “society of the spectacle”, starting from the time of perestroika and ending with the crisis of liberal democratic processes of recent decades, which became exacerbated at the beginning of our millennium. The project presents all of the major genres and techniques of the contemporary Russian art scene.

Co-organizer: Czech Center Prague

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