Spring has arrived, also in Moscow finally, and a great number of new exhibitions are opening every day. Just before leaving Moscow for some days I had the chance to go to the preview of an exhibition at Regina Gallery titled “Frames” and to report to you – this time not about the young scene but about one of the most famous Russian living artists, Oleg Kulik, in Europe widely known for his scandalous performances in the 90s. Things have changed since then. Today, his interests are “purely aesthetic”.
On the exhibition Oleg Kulik says: “In the 90s I was fascinated with the boundary separating art and reality. Reality was changing radically then, it was breaking into shards, and I wanted to understand what kind of art had a place in it. Today, it is art which is breaking into shards. Politics got us all, globally, locally – but I am still interested in the formal potential of art, even more interested than I was in the past. Today my interest is purely aesthetic, it is the fascination with form, with the framing of meaning, with the framing of the proper. It isn’t so scandalous, I hope…” (from the press release at the exhibition).
I just took some photos, the exact titles of the works I unfortunately forgot to take down for you, but you see all you should see … Isn’t it an icon frame? And looking closer, don’t these little colorful angel heads remind you of a performance in the Moscow Main Cathredral, for which two artists are still in prison? And the second, reminiscent of a protester throwing something? And look at the wonderful glass this sculpture is made of – I don’t remember exactly, but somewhere I have seen this sort of glass…
About The Exhibition:
until June 16, 2013 at Regina Gallery, Moscow
1, 4th Syromyatnichesky pereulok
105120, Moscow, Russia
Tel. +7 495 228 1330
About The Artist:
Oleg Kulik born in 1961 in Kiev, Ukraine
1979 – graduated from the Kiev Art School
1982 – graduated from Kiev Geological Survey College
1988 – moved to Moscow
1990 – Pollock-Krasner Foundation fellowship
1990-1993 – an art director and curator at the Regina Gallery, Moscow
1995-1996 – Berlin Senate stipendium
2005 – awarded with the medal “The Worthy” of the Russian Art Academy.
2008 – winner of the award for curator’s project, III Annual Russian National Award for Contemporary Visual Arts Innovation 2007.
2009 – Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters, France.
Lives and works in Moscow.