Moscow Department of Culture
Russian Academy of Arts
Moscow Museum of Modern Art
Константин Звездочетов. Портрет Васильева. 1978
Георгий Кизевальтер. Портреты. (А. Монастырский). От белого к
Константин Звездочётов. Без названия (Против нейтронной бомбы!!!
За мистическую корректность!). Из серии «Мухоморы». 2005
Константин Звездочётов. Без названия (Van Gogh & Magog) Серия
Юрий Лейдерман. Он часами стоял неподвижно. 1989
Date: February 11 — August 25, 2020
Venue: MMOMA Education Center, YERMOLAEVSKY, 17
Curator: Olga Turchina
«Remebering APTART» is the sixth project as part of the program «Collection. Vantage Point». The program represents a series of exhibitions with each of them studying the collection of the Moscow Museum of Modern Art from a certain perspective and using different research methods — from conceptual to formal. The current exhibition focuses on one of the most important phenomena of the Soviet underground scene — a self-organized group APTART, which was active from 1982 to 1984 and worked in the apartment of the artist Nikita Alekseev.
The place, where the group’s exhibitions were held, which later gave name to a branch of Moscow Conceptualism, is a wordplay coined during a conversation by Nikita Alekseev, Mikhail Roshal and Sven Gundlakh. APTART combines the words «apartment» and «art», thus pointing at the place where the group formed, i.e. «apartment», and its belonging to the art field.
Later the group went beyond the concept of apartment and held two open-air events: «APTART in the open air» and «APTART behind the fence», which embodied the playful approach of the group and their interest in action rather than in deep philosophical content that was characteristic of Moscow Conceptualism.
APTART’s core consisted of artists of different generations: Nikita Alekseev, Mikhail Roshal (who lived nearby), the Mukhomor group, Vadim Zakharov and Victor Skersis, Natalia Abalakova and Anatoly Zhigalov, George Kiesewalter. Andrei Monastyrsky and Nikolay Panitkov also participated in the group’s exhibitions. Importantly, APTART acted as an exhibition space for young artists from Odessa, the so-called Odessa New Wave: Sergey Anufriev, Larisa Rezun, the Pertsi group (Oleg Petrenko / Lyudmila Skripkina), Yuri Leiderman, Igor Chatskin, Leonid Voitsekhov.
APTART became a platform that brought together a large group of artists who needed a place to exhibit their works and express their artistic aspirations. Despite the difference in creative approaches and styles, all participants shared ironic and openminded attitudes to art and life.
In APTART’s world there was no place for curation (in the contemporary sense of the word), nor was it involved in market relations, therefore APTART can be considered a platform which represented the most novel art trends of that time. Starting as a parody of apartment exhibitions, APTART eventually became a «place of power» where new ideas were generated, an art project that marked a new era in the Russian art of the 1980s. APTART played an institutional role acting as a the only expert council of the underground art scene. During the period when Socialist Realism dominated as an «official» art movement, APTART represented an alternative artistic process, similar to the tendencies that at that time developed in the West.
The exhibition features works by Nikita Alekseev, Yuri Albert, Sergey Anufriev, Vadim Zakharov, Konstantin Zvezdochotov, Georgy Kiesewalter, Yuri Leiderman, Vladimir and Sergey Mironenko, Larisa Rezun-Zvezdochotova, Victor Skersis, and Alexander Filippov.