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ANTON KUZNETSOV
NATURAL HISTORY
Date: 27 october — 26 november, 2017
Venue: MMOMA, GOGOLEVSKY 10

THE CURATOR OF THE MMOMA PROGRAM FOR SUPPORT TOYOUNG ARTISTS: DARIA KAMYSHNIKOVA

The Moscow Museum of Modern Art together with Triumph Gallery presents a solo exhibition by Anton Kuznetsov titled «Natural History».

The «Natural History» series includes fourteen paintings, each of which centers around Khrushchyovkas (concrete-paneled apartment buildings named after Nikita Khrushchev who led the Soviet government when they were built), telling a story, of the flats within and their inhabitants, which has no beginning and no end. Depicted as their owners’ second skin these interiors form a narrative reminiscent of the flow of life with its routine practices and unexpected occurrences. In Kuznetsov’s works one’s home appears as an extension of one’s personality with the furnishings and interior design reflecting one’s needs and preferences. Just as the life of the apartments’ inhabitants is structured by everyday rituals, domestic implements and paraphernalia appear to grow in the walls, merging into a single pattern. The banality of lived-in rooms is interspersed with surreal details which convey an atmosphere of the life of Soviet people who, enthused by unrealizable dreams, found themselves mired in dull everyday practices.

Harking back to the socializing role these paneled blocks played during the thaw period when people living in barracks received an opportunity to have a place of their own, Kuznetsov’s Khrushchyovkas at the same time suggest the demise of grandiloquent Soviet plans through the depiction of ruined interiors inhabited by absentminded characters. The stance of disinterested observer, which can be inferred from the title, is coupled with a feeling of empathy achieved by elaborated compositions and a delicate color palette, qualities characteristic of the painting of old masters and rooted in the artist’s nostalgic attitude to this type of dwelling. «This kind of interior, now all but disappeared, take me back to my childhood. They evoke silence and humble affairs that have eternity behind them,» says the artist.

ABOUT THEARTIST

Anton Kuznetsov was born in Kazan in 1973. He graduated from the Surikov State Academic Art Institute, the Institute of Contemporary Art in Moscow and the Free Workshops MMOMA School of Contemporary Art. In 2014 he participated in the Museums Quartier 21 art residency in Vienna and in 2015 was awarded the Kuryokhin Prize.

Selected exhibitions:

  • 2017 «Notes on the Beginning of the Short 20th Century», NCCA, Kaliningrad, Russia
  • 2017 «Revolution», CCI Fabrika, Moscow, Russia
  • 2016 «Kuryokhin Contemporary Art Award 2015», Sergey Kuryokhin Contemporary Art Center, Saint-Petersburg, Russia
  • 2015 «Notes on the Beginning of the Short 20th Century», MuseumsQuartier, Vienna, Austria
  • 2014 «Taint», GRAD Gallery, London, UK
  • 2014 «Notes on the Beginning of the Short 20th Century», Motorenhalle, Dresden, Germany
  • 2014 «Insecticide», Triumph Gallery, Moscow, Russia
  • 2013 «Bad Print», MMOMA, Moscow, Russia
  • 2011 «Today/Tomorrow», MMOMA, Moscow, Russia

ABOUT THE «FREE WORKSHOPS» SCHOOL OF CONTEMPORARY ART:

The MMOMA «Free Workshops» School of Contemporary Art is an educational center for young artists and curators working in the contemporary art. The School was set up as part ofthe Museum in 1992 by a group of artists and art historians. Students ofthe School have an opportunity to study theoretical and practical aspects of contemporary art under eminent lecturers, distinguished figures of culture, philosophers and theorists of contemporary art. The Museum and the School offer their support to young artists at different stages oftheir artistic career through the organization of group and solo exhibitions, as well as the acquisition oftheir works for the Museum’s collection.

 
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