Moscow City Government
Moscow Department of Culture
Moscow Museum of Modern Art
14th International Festival-School of Contemporary Art TERRITORY
Brusnikin Studio
1st Dmitry Brusnikin International Festival-Studio

Man the Size of the House
Exhibition in memory of Dmitry Brusnikin
Дмитрий Брусникин, Фото Владимира Яроцкого
С Романом Козаком и учениками. Фото Владимира Луповского
Чапаев и пустота. Фото Владимира Яроцкого
из архива Марины Брусникиной
Из архива Марины Брусникиной
Date: October 22 — November 17, 2019
Venue: MMOMA Education Center, YERMOLAEVSKY, 17

Curator: Ksenia Peretrukhina

The Moscow Museum of Modern Art, together with the 14th International Festival-School of Contemporary Art TERRITORY and the Brusnikin Studio, presents an exhibition titled Man the Size of the House dedicated to the life and work of Dmitry Brusnikin, a director, an actor, a teacher and the founder of the Brusnikin Studio, which became one of the most highly regarded theater companies of recent decades. The exhibition is held as part of the 1st Dmitry Brusnikin International Festival-Studio.

The exhibition, occupying all halls of MMOMA’s venue at Yermolaevsky lane is an attempt to reconstruct the inner world of Dmitry Brusnikin. Reflected in his method, its essence is alive in his students and embodied in his theater. Viewers are invited to travel through different periods of Brusnikin’s life. Inextricably linked with acting and stage, it was driven by his urge to draw attention to the destinies of people and their personal stories and to teach his students and the audiences empathy and kindness — traits rare in our time.

On the first floor, viewers will see Brusnikin’s memorable quotes, which, integrated into the show, serve as a thread linking different parts of the display. The cafe will offer «Brusnikin’s menu» with fried potatoes.

The library on the second floor hosts an installation dedicated to Brusnikin’s favorite book «Three Musketeers» and a performance as part of which every day at a fixed time one of his students, friends or colleagues will read a chapter of a novel.

The display on the third floor focuses on Brusnikin’s life story with the motif of the railway, which evokes Dmitry’s restless activity, being its recurrent motif. A locomotive runs through space and time: from Potsdam, where Brusnikin was born, through the cities and towns in which the family of a military man into which he was born lived at different times, from Zelenograd, where he studied at the Moscow Institute of Electronic Technology, to the Moscow Art Theater, where he met people of crucial importance for his life — Oleg Efremov, Marina Brusnikina, Roman Kozak, Alexander Feklistov and many others; it continues its journey across the country reminding us of Brusnikin who traveled the whole country. Like landscape changing through a car window, the moments from Brusnikin’s life flash before the viewer’s eyes — the photographs from the archives of his relatives, friends and students of all types and kinds — large and small amateurish and professional. Viewers are also invited to sit in an ‘open cabin’ of a sleeper train carriage and to get on the top bunk and listen to poetry recited by Brusnikin. The center of the exhibition space is occupied by the Sleeping Giant pavilion — a fragment of a football field (Brusnikin was a striker and a passionate football fan for all his life) with grass and dozens of soccer balls, each bearing one of Brusnikin’s names or nicknames.

The fourth floor is designed in the style of one of Brusnikin’s last performances Before and After. Here, viewers are invited to look behind doors that lead to the corners of Brusnikin’s world; there, one can find objects, personal belongings as well as audio and video recordings. During the time of the exhibition the colleagues, students and relatives of Brusnikin will gather at a long table at the fourth flour to recount stories and indulge in memories. This space will also host the Brusnikin Studio’s performances reenacting his theatrical method and celebrating his memory. Behind one of the doors viewers will find a forest with talking trees and an old tent — this space speaks of Brusnikin’s love for nature. He was an avid mushroom hunter and fisherman to the end of his life. The largest tree in this forest is Brusnikin himself; one can hug it and listen to Brusnikin’s breathing.

The fifth floor hosts the ‘giant’s head’ — a video installation that includes videos of different years with Brusnikin’s close-ups. The hall on the fifth floor will also host the play The Time of the Role, based on the texts of 47 roles performed by Brusnikin.

As part of the exhibition, the MMOMA Education Center will host open film screenings and performances held by the Brusnikin Studio and the 14th International Festival-School of Contemporary Art TERRITORY.


Dmitry Brusnikin was born in 1957 in Potsdam. In 1982, he graduated from the Moscow Art Theater School and began to teach there. During his studies, he occasionally acted roles at the Moscow Art Theater. After graduation he was accepted into the theater’s troupe and at the same time began his teaching career as a teacher’s assistant. In 1993, he was appointed an acting teacher. In 1999, together with his course mate R. Kozak, Brusnikin started a studio at the Moscow Art Theater School; its graduates include Sergey Lazarev, Daria Moroz, Alexandra Ursulyak, Ekaterina Solomatina, Yuri Kvyatkovsky, and Igor Khripunov. In 2006, Brusnikin became a professor. In 2015, all the graduates of Brusnikin’s studio of that year, who already during their studies became widely known as Brusnikin Studio, were accepted into the Chelovek Moscow Drama Theater and Dmitry Brusnikin was appointed as deputy artistic director of the theater. In 2009, Brusnikin was awarded the title of Honored Artist of the Russian Federation. From May 3 to August 9, 2018, he served as artistic director of the Praktika Experimental Theater Center of New Drama. Brusnikin passed away on August 9, 2018.


Ksenia Peretrukhina graduated from the Cinematography Department of the Russian State Institute for Cinematography named after Gerasimov, the School of Modern Art at the Russian State Humanitarian University, the School of Contemporary Art at the George Soros Centre for Contemporary Art, the School of Theater Leader at the Meyerhold Theater Center. As an artist Peretrukhina participated in exhibitions both in Russia and abroad and was nominated for the Black Square prize in Contemporary Art. As an artist, she worked for such theaters as the Praktika Theater, Theatre Doc, the Center of Drama and Directing of A. Kazantsev and M. Roshchin. Peretrukhina works with documentary and short films as an artist, a director and a screenwriter. She is a participant of the Theatre of Mutual Operations. Peretrukhina’s works were exhibited at the Tretyakov Gallery, the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, and the Moscow Museum of Modern Art. She is the winner of the Golden Mask National Theatre Award.


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