09.11.2018 - 03.02.2019
Curator: Svetlana Marich
The Moscow Museum of Modern Art and Artwin Gallery present an exhibition by the sculptor Evgeny Antufiev When Art Became Part of Landscape at the Konenkov Studio-Museum. The project is the second part of a cycle, continuing the exhibition of Antufiev’s work, which was presented at the European Biennial of Contemporary Art (Manifesta 12) in Palermo, Italy.
When Art Became Part of Landscapeis dedicated to the Russian sculptural tradition and to the connections between two eras of that tradition. Works by the young artist Evgeny Antufiev will be exhibited alongside previously unseen sculptures by the great Russian and Soviet sculptor Sergey Konenkov from the depository of the Konenkov Studio-Museum in Moscow. The project is curated by the deputy chairman of Phillips auction house, Svetlana Marich.
The idea of the cycle When Art Became Part of Landscape is to reveal non-obvious connections and coincidences with works that are usually not displayed alongside the creations of today’s young artists. The first exhibition in the cycle was held in the oldest museum in Sicily, the Antonio Salinas Archeological Museum in Palermo, where works by Antufiev were exhibited alongside productions by Greek, Phoenician and Etruscan artists and craftsmen. In the second part of the cycle, Antufiev’s art rubs shoulders with works by the outstanding 20thcentury sculptor, Sergey Konenkov, resonating with the traditions of Soviet monumental sculpture. The resonances are amplified by the inclusion in the exhibition of works by a number of other Soviet and Russian sculptors (Mikhail Shemyakin, Alexander Burganov, Ernst Neizvestny and Evgeny Vuchetich).
Evgeny Antufiev uses the raw materials of sculpture in an original way and has a strong interest in archaeology and ethnicity, which has been the basis of several series of works by the artist. Antufiev’s almost anthropological approach has led him to create his own mythology, arising from the shamanistic traditions of the Tuva region in southern Siberia, where he grew up. From this start point, Antufiev has recreated the cultural and visual traditions and mythological characters of various peoples from around the world.
In his works, Antufiev explores the significance for human culture of a variety of materials, including stone, bone, wood, amber, and bronze. His works have an ironic undercurrent and are situated at the junction of nature and art, legend and fact, the real and the fictional.
When Art Became Part of Landscapeis supported by Andrey Cheglakov.
Design Hotel StandArt is the project partner.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Evgeny Antufiev (born 1986) has had over 20 solo exhibitions of his work. In 2016 he was the sole Russian representative at the European Biennial of Contemporary Art (Manifesta-11 in Zurich and Manifesta-12 in Palermo). The artist's works have been acquired by many private and public collections, including Tate Modern (London, UK), Collezione Maramotti (Reggio Emilia, Italy) and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Antwerp (Antwerp, Belgium).
Sergey Konenkov (1874-1971) was a Russian and Soviet sculptor, renowned for his work with living materials, particularly wood. He was dubbed the “Russian Rodin” for the free plasticity of his creations, which kept their attraction as bold statements in the modern era.