Contemporary Art from Russia
2010, 202 pp.
The fully illustrated catalogue contains reproductions of works of artists and texts by both Italian and Russian art critics: Francesco Bonami, Irene Calderoni, Andrey Parshikov, Francesca Sforza, Dmitry Pimenov, Arseny Zhilyaev, Anatoly Osmolovsky.
MODERNIKON explores Russia’s young and still-evolving art scene of today, presenting the public with the newest artistic research from a country that has only recently presented itself on the international art scene. The contemporary art system in Russia was formed in the Nineties, concurrent with the extreme political and social upheaval following the collapse of the Soviet Union. Many artists at that time considered art to be an instrument of social reform, a means with which to directly address the reality that had come out of the great traditions of their avant-garde history. The new art had political connotations and a radical aesthetic, characterised by a taste for provocation and scandal. The exhibition featured the work of 20 artists, some of whom are already established on the international art scene and others who are still emerging.
Authors: Francesco Bonami, Irene Calderoni, Anatoly Osmolovsky, Andrey Parshikov, Dmitry Pimenov, Francesca Sforza, Arseny Zhilyaev.