PAUL PEPPERSHTEYN "MAN AS A FRAMEWORK FOR LANDSCAPE" automatic translate
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The Garage Museum of Contemporary Art presents an exhibition of Russian artist, writer, musical performer, art theorist Pavel Pepperstein (born 1966, Moscow). From the very beginning of his artistic life, Pepperstein, whose point of reference can be considered childhood in the circle of Moscow conceptualists, is one of the most active myth-makers of modern Russian art, the inventor of systems, universes, new languages, cities and political projects. The personal exhibition at the Garage Museum is an attempt at a full-fledged “inspection” of the most notable and influential myths created by Pepperstein at different times - from the 1970s to the present day. From the invention of new countries and states with detailed cartography, attributes and the like to ecstatic or, conversely, over-thought visions of the future world, from religions, cults, beliefs and rituals to alternative realities existing in parallel modes and modalities.
The exhibition is a sequence of rooms, each of which develops and lives one of such landscape systems - for example, the Library, assembled from books invented by Pepperstein, which cannot be opened, the viewer sees only the roots of publications. This is one of the most important images for Peppershtein and the Inspection Medical Hermeneutics group founded by him together with Sergey Anufriev and Yuri Leiderman - the book pantheon of European civilization in which Aristotle, Leibniz and others are replaced by new heroes with pseudo-canonical texts. An important place at the exhibition is given to the so-called political discourse - on the one hand, the re-invention of the political system, on the other - endowing quite real actors of modern politics with symbolic status, immersing them in the schizoid space of new utopias, in arranging the meta-states of the new world. The beginning of this “state activity” of Peppershtein dates back to 1970, when he invented and described in detail the utopian countries and political systems: for the first time, early drawings and albums made by Pepperstein in his teens will be shown in Garage.
Through the entire exhibition, where there is a place for theatrical and dramatized architectural solutions, there are several cross-cutting elements, in particular, various ornaments, rapport, which, as in the practice of Moscow conceptualism, is not thought of as a simple “decoration”. For Pepperstein, “purely decorative shows a loss of its origin, it has no genealogy, it is orphaned. Thus, it refers to the perfect detachment from the context ”(Jacques Suliyu). The game with different levels of exfoliated reality, the detection of magic, strange narratives between the folds of reality drive the whole exhibition, turning it into a collection of amazing "landscapes", as in one of the Pepperstein series, which gave the name to the whole project.
For “Man as a framework for the landscape,” the artist will also create about 20 new works, including graphic works, videos and installations. In addition, the book of memoirs of Pavel Pepperstein will be released for the exhibition.
Pavel Pepperstein was born in 1966 in Moscow. In 1985–1987, he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague. One of the founders of the Inspection “Medical Hermeneutics” group (1987–2001). Since 1989 - an independent artist, writer, critic and rap artist. His solo exhibitions were held in the State Russian Museum (together with Ivan Dmitriev; St. Petersburg, 1997), the New Aachen Kunstverein (2002), the Basel Art Museum (2006), the Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow (2015) and others. Participant of numerous group exhibitions, including Kunst im verborgenen. Nonkomformisten Russland 1957–1995 (Wilhelm Hack Museum, Ludwigshafen am Rhein; Documenta Hall, Kassel; Lindenau Museum, Altenburg, 1995), “Moscow – Berlin / Berlin – Moskau, 1950–2000” (Martin-Gropius- Bau, Berlin; State Historical Museum, Moscow, 2003–2004), 26th Sao Paulo Biennale (2004), 53rd Venice Biennale (main project and Pavilion of Russia, 2009), Ostalgia (New Museum, New York, 2011), the biennial of the “Manifesto 10” (St. Petersburg, 2014); The 1st Triennale of Russian Contemporary Art (Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow, 2017) and others. The author of the books “The Old Man’s Diet” (1997), “Mythogenic Love of Castes” (1999), “Spring” (2010), “Prague Night” (2011), “Epoch of Attractions” (2017). Winner of the Kandinsky Prize in the nomination "Project of the Year" (2014). Lives and works in Moscow.
Curator: Ekaterina Inozemtseva.
The exhibition is organized with the support of the Aksenov Family Foundation.