Date: March 21 — May 5, 2019

Curator: Lusya Yangirova
Curator of the MMOMA Program for Support to Young Artists: Daria Kamyshnikova

The Moscow Museum of Modern Art together with the Free Workshops School of Contemporary Art present Daria Neretina’s solo show «The Nature of Things.» This exhibition is part of the MMOMA Program for Support to Young Artists.

As Daria Neretina explores the origins of plant life, she carries out her own laboratory research to reproduce all the stages of botanical development, from a seed to a ripe fruit. For Daria, this process turns out to be an accurate and succinct metaphor of her creative work — from an idea to its realization, with the artist compared to an alchemist in his laboratory.

In an effort to capture the course of natural history, people have long been turning to all sorts of reproduction thereof — from numerous encyclopedias and graphic albums to comprehensive reference books. The genre of «botanical illustration,» a scientifically accurate depiction of various plant species, was the most common among them. And it is this genre that Daria makes use of, even though cutting-edge technology has enabled us to examine the smallest living organisms in minute detail.

Daria’s project at MMOMA is a total installation combining a range of mediums — sculptural objects made of porcelain, the artist’s favoured medium, watercolours and readymades, created between 2015 and 2019. Some of the objects are composed of natural materials such as glass, soil, herbarium, paper and wood.

The project «The Nature of Things» will encompass Daria Neretina’s tours of the exhibition, as well as a roundtable and discussions. For more details, please visit the exhibition’s page at mmoma.ru.

MMOMA and the organizers of the project would like to thank Mikhail Grachev for helping prepare the show.

About the artist:

Daria Neretina (born 1988) graduated from the Department of Ceramic Art of the Stroganov Moscow State Academy of Industrial and Applied Arts (2012), ICA Institute of Contemporary Art (2014) and the School of Contemporary Art Free Workshops (2016). She was one of the residents in the inaugural season of the Moscow Contemporary Art Center Winzavod’s project Open Studios (2017–2018). Participated in numerous group and solo exhibitions at various museums and galleries in Moscow, including the Moscow Museum of Modern Art, the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center, the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Orangery, Center for Creative Industries Fabrika, etc. Actively cooperates with Russian galleries; her works are owned by private collectors both in Russia and abroad. Lives and works in Moscow.


The Free Workshops School of Contemporary Art is an educational platform for young artists and curators working in the field of contemporary art. The school was set up by a group of artists and art historians as part of the Museum in 1992. The school’s students study theoretical and practical aspects of contemporary art under eminent lecturers, distinguished figures of culture, philosophers and theorists of contemporary art. The school offers its support to young artists at different stages of their artistic career through organizing group and solo exhibitions and acquiring their works for the museum’s collection.


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