Moscow | Exhibition Humpty Dumpty Sat On A Wall, Curator Olesya Turkina|


05.10 - 18.11.2018

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Program: [Contemporary art and contemporary society]

 Humpty Dumpty Sat on a Wall


October, 5, 2018-November, 18, 2018

National Centre for Contemporary Arts (NCCA) ROSIZO

13, block 2, Zoologicheskaya street, Moscow


Curator – Olesya Turkina


The regional directorate presents a new exhibition arranged by the North-Western branch ROSIZO - an exhibition of works of art done with the technique of collage, montage and composition. The exhibition title Humpty Dumpty Sat on a Wall reflects a new principle that has revolutionised fine arts of the XX century.

The technique of collage, montage and composition transformed the attitude towards reality. Relationship of a figure and its background, a text and a context, a realistic and an imaginative something – all these and much more are embodied in the philosophy of connecting different fragments into a single whole. Originated in the 1910-20s and since that has become an effective means of propaganda, this artistic method gradually transformed into official one and finally migrated to the design of books and magazines, stands of Housing Maintenance companies and city firewalls.

At the same time, Leningrad non-conformists artist applied the said technique in the 1960-1970s as a formal tool. Mass interest in this principle revived in the 1980s in the works of New Artists, especially in the oeuvre of the founder of the group Timur Novikov. During the “perestroika”, collage, montage and assemblage became a means of decontextualising ideology in the oeuvre of Sergey Kuryokhin’s  Pop Mekhanika and New Composers group, works of Oleg Kotelnikov, Inal Savchenkov and Art Engineers school etc. This technique again becomes relevant in the art of the 2000s, when thanks to new media the subsequent round of dematerialisation of art took place.


Manya Alexeeva, Tatyana Akhmetgalieva, Petr Bely, Valery Grykovsky, Elena Gubanova and Ivan Govorkov, Art Engineers School, Boris Kazakov, Vladimir Kozin, Semyon Motolyanets, New Composers group, Andrey Rud’iev, Alexander Shishkin-Hokusai.

As a historical preamble to the exhibition, the assemblage of Evgeny Rukhin from the collection of ROSIZO-NCCA and the collage of Timur Novikov from the collection of Maria Novikova are to be demonstrated.

Timur Novikov, Peterhof. 1985. Mixed technics on textiles. 165226 cm . Courtesy of Maria Novikova


Curator - Olesya Turkina, a critic, candidate of art criticism, leading researcher of the department of the newest trends of the State Russian Museum. Curated more than 200 international exhibitions of modern art in the Russian Museum (St Petersburg), Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam), Pori Art Museum (Finland), NCCA (Moscow), Museum of Moscow, New Museum (St. Petersburg), MA Pulkovo Observatory (St. Petersburg), etc. Curator of the Russian pavilion at the 48th Venice Biennale (1999). Author of numerous publications on modern art. The head of the first master's program in Russia "Curatorial Studies", based on the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences of St. Petersburg State University together with Bard College (USA).

This exhibition completes the program for presentation of the regional ROSIZO branches, which presented during the period of 2017-2018 various projects from Nizhny Novgorod, Kaliningrad, Samara, Vladikavkaz, Tomsk, Ekaterinburg and St. Petersburg.


About regional program:

The regional ROSIZO program is launched together with the Directorate for Regional Development of  ROSIZO set up in January 2017, and is called upon to maximize the network resource of the organization. The first step of this program is opening of a show-floor to demonstrate the best regional initiatives in Moscow.

Projects are to be accompanied by corresponding publishing and educational program aimed at popularizing the specifics of the places, developing communication between the regions, consolidating experience and integrating local contemporary art into the global context. The mission of this program is to encourage cultural exchange between the regions, cultural centers, individual artists and researchers, to develop art and artistic expertise in the regions. Director of Regional Development: Alisa Prudnikova.


About the North-Western branch ROSIZO

North-Western branch ROSIZO was established in 1995 turning out to be the first of its eight regional branches.
The branch has laid down the following priorities:
- art and cultural projects that contribute to the dialogue of contemporary art and cultural landscape of St. Petersburg;
- art in public spaces, modern art in a classical museum;
- St. Petersburg art nowadays. Projects aimed at communication between generations of artists of St. Petersburg. Young art;
- International projects. Integration of the Petersburg and Russian Contemporary Art into the global artistic process. Projects that represent foreign contemporary art in St. Petersburg and Russia and conversely.
- Educational activities in the realm of Contemporary Art - lectures, seminars, master classes of Russian and foreign painters, curators and art experts.

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2a, Glinki st, St Petersburg.  © National centre for contemporary arts. Developement [artinfo]. [Andrey Velikanov]'s design