05.05 - 19.06.2011, 10:00-20:00

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Program: [Exhibitions]

Coordinator: Aleksandr Kuritzin

Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation
National Centre for Contemporary Arts Volga Region Branch

Parallel program of the “Blizzard” exhibition:

Contemporary Russian art and contemporary literature successfully utilize future time, constantly attempting to envisage an outcome of what is occurring “here and now”.

“The Art Forecast: (un)happened Future” is an educational project consisting of six meetings with renowned Russian artists and writers. The idea of a cycle, one of conceptual constituents of the “Blizzard” project, is dedicated to parallels between Russian climate and condition of Russian culture and Russian mentality, an attempt to see and experience “possible” and “real” future.

Each of the invited writers (Andrey Rubanov, Dmitry Bykov, Pavel Pepperstein) and artists (Dmitry Gutov, Leonid Tishkov, Sergey Shutov) presents detailed forecast of future course of events (in different aspects – social, political, cultural, technological) in their works, drawing a possible map of the future.

Meetings schedule of “The Art Forecast: (un)happened Future”:

5 May Dmitry Gutov
18 May Leonid Tishkov
19 May Andrey Rubanov
9 June Dmitry Bykov
19 June Sergey Shutov

All meetings begin at 18.30
ADDRESS: Nizhny Novgorod, Kremlin, building 6
CONTACTS: phone number 8 (831) 423-57-41,, Mironycheva Anastasia
Admission fee: 50 rubles.


Dmitry Gutov – famous Russian artist, participant of over 80 exhibitions all over the world including largest international biennales of contemporary art in Venice (1995, 2007), Istanbul (1992) and Sao-Paolo (2002), “Document XII” in Kassel (2007). Dmitry Gutov is known as a leftist theorist, captivated by Livshits’ Marxist aesthetics. If the art of Dmitry Gutov is in any way related to the future, it is the future which never happened. In his works – paintings, video works, installations - the artist critically reconsiders Soviet aesthetics of the 60s, speculating about “what communist arts could have become in due time, if it had proper technological base” (E. Dyogot).

Leonid Tishkov – classic of the Russian contemporary art, author of many pictures, objects, installations, videos, performances, books and book illustrations. His works are among collections of the National Centre for Contemporary Arts, The State Tretyakov Gallery, The Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA, New York) and many other museums around the world. Leonid Tishkov is a participant of the largest Russian and international exhibitions including the 3rd Moscow Biennale (2009) and the 1st Ural Industrial Biennale of Contemporary Art (Ekaterinburg, 2010). With his works the artist has created a whole Universe comprised of different worlds inhabited by mythical creatures (“stomakis”, “dabloids”, “divers”) and woven from childhood memories which the artist’s imagination develops into ideal, fairy-tale forms. In this regard Leonid Tishkov’s art presents a good cause for discussion concerning reasons of the artist’s preference to work with the past rather than with the future.

Andrey Rubanov – one of the most unconventional writers of contemporary Russia. He began as an author of harshly realistic and to a large extent autobiographical works (“Sow and it will grow”, “The Great Dream”, “Life’s been turning out well”, “Prepare to War!”) and subsequently turned to anti-utopia novels (“Chlorophyllia”, “Living Earth”, “Iodine”, “Psychodel”), which bring to mind the finest examples of the world and Russian science fiction literature. “In 2011 Rubanov is what in 1961 was Aksenov, in 1971 – Erofeev, in 1981 – Limonov and in 1991 – Pelevin: a smart, witty, bold, with very keen senses and self-ironical to boot narcissist; all qualities required for becoming not merely a “major writer” but national pride” (L. Danilkin).

Dmitry Bykov – “gromozeka” of the contemporary Russian Literature, huge and frightful, seething and inexhaustible writer, journalist, poet, scenarist, film critic, TV presenter and school teacher-philologist. Author of 12 novels and 5 poetry books. Laureate of several literature awards: the ABS-award (A. and B. Strugatsky international literature award) for the novels “Orthography”, “Tow Truck”, “ZD”; National Bestseller award and Big Book award for the book “Boris Pasternak”. Everybody knows Dmitry Bykov. Or at least has seen him.

Sergey Shutov – iconic figure, yet marginal to an extent. Ex-hippie, artist of the legendary “ASSA” film, first Russian VJ (Ptyuch Club, Moscow, 1994). Painter, graphic artist, author of objects and installations, works created with computer technologies. Video artist. Musician. Curator of contemporary art exhibitions. Participant of large number of contemporary art exhibitions in Russia and abroad, including the 3rd International Biennale in Istanbul (1992), the 49th Venice Biennale (2001) and the “RUSSIA!” exhibition (Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain, 2006). Working with his favorite motives – the space, scientific discoveries and psychedelic experience, the artist gravitates towards “archaic images and materials” which he masterfully combines with “futuristic new technologies” (E. Andreeva).

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