Igor Novikov «EXIT»
Bolschoi - striptease100 x 120 cm. Oil on canvas 2019
Russian Sudoku 120 X 100 cm. oil on canvas 2011
Suzdal. 100 x 120 cm. oil on canvas 1985
Messias 124 x 99 cm. oil on canvas 1995
New Beginning 110 X 140 cm. oil on canvas 2004
Date: February 21 — March 22
Venue: Gogolevsky Boulevard, 10/2
Curators: Katerina Zaitseva, Vladimir Prokhorov
The Moscow Museum of Modern Art presents a solo exhibition of the Russian-Swiss artist Igor Novikov titled «EXIT». The exhibition includes around 30 works from the different periods of the artist’s career. Russian landscapes, traditional for the artist, with pictograms in the form of little men giving new meanings to famous paintings and phenomena, are complemented with three-dimensional art objects. An installation titled «Russian Forest» created specially for the exhibition, invites viewers to enter a space featuring the symbols of Russian history.
Igor Novikov embarked on his career as an artist in the 1980s, when official Soviet art was waning and the underground art scene took a new shape. Together with such figures of the contemporary art scene as Leonid Purygin, Sergey Shutov, Konstantin Zvezdochotov, Sergey Volkovi and others, Igor Novikov actively participated in the art life of the squats in Furmanny Lane. Later, in the 1990s, European art institutions noticed Igor Novikov’s talent. He was awarded a UNESCO scholarship, worked in Le Corbusier’s creative workshops in La Chaux-de-Fonds (Switzerland), and collaborated with European galleries. Today, Novikov lives and works in Switzerland but continues to draw inspiration from Russia.
Igor Novikov’s art fuses tradition and the challenges of the modern time. Living in Europe, he continues to ponder modern Russian history expressing his ideas through artistic means. Reflected in his works are the issues of the depreciation of humans as individuals and the fall of the aesthetic ideals of modern times. His palimpsests can be considered an attempt to go against the globalist unification in the international cultural space. The viewers will be introduced to this topic along with others in the halls of the MMOMA venue at 10/2 Gogolevsky Boulevard.