In the tradition of MUA


Today, most young artists are from the Russian school of art, which includes institutes and colleges. A training program there is built on the academic and the Soviet tradition. In a situation of socialist realism all the formal and conceptual research were considered ideologically alien and harmful. But the plastic and scenic task if work on them, inevitably aroused interest in the "bourgeois contagion." Then there are artists who have official status as it were between Scylla and Charybdis. Therefore, there are a variety of conformist education, such as the same "severe style", a pastiche of naive art, or so-called "left MOSH". All these trends were eclectic and artificial. Naturally, all this modern Russian art school can say genetically inherited. Therefore, the young artist has to rethink and reformat this heritage in the post-modern language game and simulation manipulation.

Influenced by pop art


In an era of consumerism inevitably increases the importance of a critical position. But ironically, the product itself this critique also becomes a commodity. And this is very clearly demonstrated American pop art. However, his artistic and conceptual advances have had a great influence on the development of modern art in general, and on the latest trends in particular, this heritage can be seen in the artistic production of contemporary Russian artists, and the younger generation is no exception. It is important, however, that this heritage has been rethought and reflect on, and was not confined to the use of banal quotes.

In the direction of Sots Art


In modern Russian history art real symbol of social criticism, obviously, is a social art. With the end of the Soviet era to achieve it became the property of the archive, and the critical position is realized today in the political art, that is natural. But it should be noted that the current Russian political and cultural mentality still show heavy socialist heredity. And this, in turn, makes the techniques and methods of historical sots-art highly relevant


Starting from Transavantgarde


When in 1979 Bonito Oliva coined the term "transavantgard", which literally means "after the avant-garde", it became clear that the field of art for games and manipulation has increased significantly. Indeed, in this area were subcultural practices and languages ​​that have called nothing but as cultural outcasts and marginalized. Since then, many things that were previously out of normative culture, became the subject of interest in contemporary authors and rich material for the citation and reflection in artistic practice. And this trend is developing successfully on the Russian art scene, which was clearly confirmed by the younger generation.


In the area of attraction of conceptualism


The intellectual component in art today is more important than ever, if not pivotal, particularly when it comes to current artistic practice. Therefore, the development of heritage kontseptulistkoy tradition as a whole and Moscow conceptualism in particular for young artists is, in a sense, compulsory subject, a sort of school for theory and practice. Without meaningful author's position and wealthy artistic strategy seems unlikely.

Photos from the exhibition




"The exhibition" From the contrary "- an ambitious project of young Russian artists. It's kind of slice of contemporary artistic life of our country. When the young authors are influenced by any institution, they are often at risk of losing the spontaneity of creative expression. In the case of exhibitors of the project" From the contrary "such a scenario is not observed. We have before us a great example of a new Russian generation of independent artists."


Kirill Alekseev,

curator of exhibitions of contemporary art GTG




The exhibition was an honest mirror of how appropriate plastic tradition today and how it is understood by a new generation of artists. It turned out that more than appropriate. And last but not least because it is waiting for a more adequate understanding. This is the art of living, not deposited in the archives (the best work is confirmed). However, by the artists themselves requires detailed work on the understanding of the phenomenon of painting. Common case: hide (as in Soviet times) for the fashion circuit, trends and brands. Stylization under someone. Fear of trial and error to suffer their inalienable and full communion in the language. The exhibition as a litmus all the problems shown. And now it is not wriggle - painting requires the most serious attention vnimaniya.- What can you say about the new generation of artists who practice painting? Different artists. The best - those who are looking for their language in dialogue with different plastic tradition sovremennosti.Kak would you describe the art of young artists? The main trends: pop art, conceptualism and the new edition of "New Objectivity". Who goes beyond the boundaries of these styles and is seeking its way - well done.


Sergey Khachaturov,

assistant professor of the history of national art historical faculty of Moscow State University. MV Lomonosov




Historians of postwar and contemporary art popular view that "painting is always returned." How much would it not cursed and buried supporters of the "new media" with an interval of about ten years, it is clear and obvious that the "oil on canvas" - is not a recoverable basis of all of what we all do. And the success of the exhibition "From the contrary," only confirms this fact. And work on it provided it is not "modern art" and "contemporary art that uses the media of painting," in which there is also a conscious attitude toward the "conceptual past" fine arts in Russia.


Joseph Backstein, commissioner Moscow biennale ща contemporary art

Interview Bogdan Mamonov
Interview Alexander Panov
Interview Yuri Shabel'nikov
Interview Sergey Khachaturov
Interview Alexander Sigutin

"Ex contrario", CCA "WINZAVOD", 2010

The exhibition "Ex contrario" - a research effort to make the cut scenic practices of young painting today. The format of open-call exhibition attracted more than 300 applications from many cities in Russia and CIS countries. Reception and processing of applications dealt with the expert committee, which included:

  • Shabel'nikov Yuri

  • Sigutin Alexander

  • Irina Kulik

  • Alexander Panov

  • Abalakova Natalia (group TOTART)

  • Anatoly Zhigalov (group TOTART)

  • Pyrkina Dasha

  • Kamyshnikova Dasha


The exhibition allowed to classify and organize local practices, their comprehensive analysis reveals common trends and patterns of the younger generation, to paint. The overall result of the exhibition was the understanding of the state of the medium and its possible prospects tomorrow.


When considering the selected applications have been identified six conditional trends, employing young artists:


  1. The principle of reflection

  2. In the tradition of MOSH

  3. Influenced by pop-art

  4. In direction until socart

  5. Starting from transavantgarde

  6. In the area of ​​attraction of conceptualism

The principle of reflection


Actually most realistic tradition has always followed the principle of reflection of the Era before invention photos. With the advent of daguerreotypes mimetic function of art has become somewhat redundant, and the time of self-realization and modernization. In the situation of postmodernism itself traditional painting was the subject of manipulation, reflection and language simulation. In addition, "in kind" and may be the media themselves, namely, photography, film, video or television picture. In other words, the artist does not write "with pictures" and the picture itself, the product of the second reality. And the image loses its sacredness and becomes a sign and an element in a semantic game.