Paper Museums: Moscow Conceptualism in Transit

Yuri Albert, Kabachok, 1983. Courtesy the Vadim Zakharov Archive Collection

Paper Museums: Moscow Conceptualism in Transit
27 May to 19 July 2014
John Hansard Gallery, Southampton

Bringing together three unique artist-led publications – A-Ya, the MANI folders and Pastor – ‘Paper Museums’ looks at the collaborative nature of their production, showcasing three generations of artists who together form the movement known today as Moscow Conceptualism.

With an equally balanced emphasis between archival and object-based approaches, the exhibition explores the ways in which ‘unofficial’ Soviet artists used periodicals as both repositories for their works and substitutes for exhibitions, as a reaction to conditions under which they could not exhibit freely. Featuring works by more than twenty-six artists, ‘Paper Museums’ focuses on Moscow Conceptualism in particular and the dialogues within this group that span several decades. Giving an insight into both the wider context in Moscow and the international situation in the late Cold War period and post-Perestroika, the show includes archival material, interviews, reproductions, paintings, objects and documentary footage.

Curated by Professor Sarah Wilson and Elizaveta Butakova (The Courtauld Institute of Art) in collaboration with the John Hansard Gallery. With special thanks to the Prigov Family Foundation and the Tsukanov Art Collection.

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