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Andrey Bartenev. Factory
Данила Поляков. Фотограф Дмитрий Журавлёв. Художница Шпатель и её муза Даниэла надиване Шампуро. 2015. Визажист Мария Ефременко. Фотопечать.
Данила Поляков. Фотограф Дмитрий Журавлёв. Визажист Мария Ефременко. Художница Шпатель и её муза Даниэла надиване Шампуро. 2015. Фотопечать.
Саша Фролова. Фотограф Ирина Воителева. Из проекта "Cyberprincess". 2014, фотография, УФ-печать на плексигласе, 120х80 см. Courtesy of ART re.FLEX Gallery
Роман Ермаков. Фотографы - Иван Оноприенко и Ирина Воителева. Живые скульптуры. 2009-2015. (есть в папке хайрезы) Костюм (смешанная техника)
Роман Ермаков. Фотографы - Иван Оноприенко и Ирина Воителева. Живые скульптуры. 2009-2015. (есть в папке хайрезы) Костюм (смешанная техника)
TURBO YULIA. Фотограф Дмитрий Журавлёв. TURBO YULIA. 2015. Фотопечать.
Иван Оноприенко. Бартенев. 2013. Фотопечать.
Substance Patrick K.-H. Субстанция. 2013-2014 Пространственная видео инсталляция
Дмитрий Шабалин
Дмитрий Шабалин
Date: August 30 - November 8, 2015

Although Bartenev’s school had neither specific embodiment, nor location, it became a phenomenon of the Russian artistic life of the 1990s-2000s. It gave rise to a whole galaxy of young and brilliant artists, i.e. Bartenev’s students, assistants, followers and friends. Bartenev’s art, his example, meeting with him and even fleeting observation of his life taught a lot and left a lasting impression. When working with him or assisting him, you got a unique experience, which the master shared with his disciple. It was a classical method of teaching art during the Renaissance. A young artist worked in the master’s workshop, first doing technical work, later his commissions. Gradually he started to learn drawing and painting, he copies his teacher’s works and works by other artists. He got advice and guidance from his master and more experienced apprentices. At that time, artists were taught the creative method, understanding of the problem, consistency in work. Training was held in the artist’s workshop. Celebrated artists, experienced masters recruited a small group of apprentices. A master trained his students face to face. Thus, fine art training was practical. It was a creative communication between young students and the experienced artist.

I had 10 years of work experience as an assistant to Bartenev. But I made my first performance 2 months after meeting him. We immediately began to sink into the artistic atmosphere, getting excited with this passion and thirst for creation. Andrey Bartenev inspired with such great power and entrusted with such a liability, that took our breath away. Some insatiable curiosity about life and art appeared. We wanted to watch, to learn, to get inspired, to try again and again... We wanted to create! Bartenev has acted and still acts upon me like a heavenly switch. Something clicks inside, and an additional engine of creation is switched. And then it proves to be a real turbine, which carries me to the completely different splendid life, to new opportunities, to the new wonderful horizon... Yes, it is a never-ending work. It is a process without sleep and rest 25 hours a day. Our life becomes art. We forget to eat and to drink. We dream new poems, sculptures, performances, paintings, images of new artworks.

On the Russian art scene, Bartenev became the first vivid and bold pioneer of the way of new art, new methods, new freedom. It was an unknown multimedia and multigenre art, art of synthesis, art of flow. It was a study of its borders and ways to overcome them, that gave rise to new languages, new worlds, new visuality. At that, the important and unique features of Bartenev’s circle were positive philosophy and optimism, the inner light. It was much easier to become popular and to achieve commercial success through aggression and negativity. There were many examples of it. Our instruments and means were always just a smile and love. Love is the eternal theme in art. And in our case, it changed into a source of creativity, a fuel for this inner perpetuum mobile. It was our way of connecting with the Heaven.

The Andrey Bartenev. Factory exhibition shows the diversity of artistic language among Bartenev’s students, but clearly reveals the commonality of all participants and their infection with the poison of creativity. It is a Factory of Happiness. It is an Institute of Smile. It is obsession with art as a way of living. The Factory exhibition is a show of Andrey Bartenev’s students and associates, like-minded artists, followers and those, who have met Bartenev in some periods or moments of his life, who have been influenced by his art, who have been formed and whose direction has been predetermined. It is an exhibition, which recreates the atmosphere of his life and his circle, a spectrum of reflections of his inspiring impulse in people around him and in contact with him in his art, close creative flows which he has revealed and intensified.

The title of the exhibition is a reference to Andy Warhol’s Factory, a celebrated New York City studio of Andy Warhol. It was opened in 1962 and was famous not only as Andy Warhol’s studio, but also as a favorite meeting place of artistic people. Warhol’s Factory destroyed the well-established concept of an art studio as a secluded place of a creator. In his studio, the atmosphere of freedom and permissiveness reigned. Every day about 100 people visited it. They were friends and strangers, stars and ordinary people, rich men and workers. Like Warhol’s Factory, Bartenev’s Factory broke stereotypes of an art studio and its borders.
More than 60 artists from different countries participate in the exhibition. They are of different nations and ages. The youngest one is 9, and the oldest partaker’s age is not worth saying. Some of them have passed away. Combining many works of absolutely different artists into a large exhibition collage, I’d like to ask the viewers a riddle about the source of artistic motivation and possession. As Bartenev once said, «What is the poison of this pleasure?» I’d like to attempt to solve it, to catch this thin thread of awareness, and just to bring joy to the eyes and hearts of all the visitors and, of course, to say, «I LOVE YOU!».

Sasha Frolova. Bartenev’s student



Alyosha Mordasha

Vlad Ainet

Dmitry Andreev

Matias Askvik

Evgenia Barkova

Oksana Butman

Katya Che

Eugeney Dahl

Eugene Dakot

Der Pfeil

Alexander Dobrinskiy

Ksenia Dranysh

Maria Efremenko

Sasha Frolova

Masha Galaktika

Mikhail Gannushkin

Yaroslav Glazunov

Ida Grimsgaard

Yuki Itoda

Masha Iv

Nora Jacobs

Dmitryi Juravlev

Patrick K.-H.

Petr Kanevskiy

Edik Katykhin

Shifra Kazhdan

Alexander Khromov

Kesha Krutskikh

Natalia Kulikova and Eugene Grinevich

Dima Kuper

Nataly Lakhtina

Annick Lavallée-Benny

Corentin Jean-Paul Marcel Leven

Lesha Lobanov

Andrew Logan

Vanya Makarov

Daria Marchik


Anna Melikhova

Evgeniy Milenkiy

Alexey Narodnitskiy

Björn Neukom

Ivan Onoprienko

Jakob Oredsson

Lovis Dengler Ostenrik

Ksenia Peretrukhina

Danila Polyakov

Hanna Reidmar

Gosha Rubchinskiy

Dmitry Shabalin

Natalya Sharymova

Jon R. Skulberg

Maria Smirnova

Carlos Soto

Protey Temen

Andrey Terekhov

Masha Tsigal


Daria Usova

Ann Mirjam Vaikla

Felix Ventouras

Arseniy Vlasov
Irina Voiteleva

Ivan Yazikov

Maroussia Zaitseva

Irina Dobrinskaya

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