September 15 - October 31, 2010
Museum of Contemporary Art PERMM presents a retrospective exhibition of "living classic", the well-known contemporary Russian artist Valery Koshlyakov. His works can be found in the collections of many of the world's major museums, and in October of this year, the artist will also be participating in an exhibition at the Louvre at the museum's invitation.
Koshlyakov is a member of the Group "Art or Death" which was formed in the late 1980s in the city of Rostov-on-Don. He became well-known for his exploration of large-format paintings on cardboard. He works with the themes found in the symbols of classical world culture as those that have been discredited by new art as outdated phenomena. The artist has taken the liberty of exonerating beauty, liberating it from the prison of kitsch. The Hellenic spirit - a unified world of ideas about beauty - is revealed by the artist as if it were seen anew by a character who almost be coming out of the Renaissance. The ruin of a Greek temple or a building in the imperial style appear without too much clarity on the cardboard, looking like so much garbage left behind by a civilization and then simply elevated to the status of the mythological.
"Koshlyakov was initially interested in the space. Architecture, landscapes and monumental sculpture dominate his subject matter. The materials he uses - huge pieces of cardboard, foam, adhesive tape, bottles of spray paint - are powerfully present in and of themselves and, simultaneously, form a sharp contrast with the painted illustrations. This opposition becomes even livelier when the artist extends his activities to the urban periphery, transforming fire walls and building walls into "visions" of museum rooms and majestic scenery." (Igor Zabel, curator).
At the PERMM Museum, five romantic scenes from different periods of the artist's work will be shown: early works of the 90's; the installation Cloud (2004); the projects Sarcophagus (2006); and the project Unreachable (2009). A part of the Perm project will consist of the creation of a sculpture in urban space.
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