На главную Обратная связь Русская версия
Search the site     
Main › Exhibitions › 28 October 2008 - That Obscure Object of Art
News Mission statement Exhibitions Publications In the Press Video Artists Evenings at Skaryatinsky Contact

That Obscure Object of Art

Также посмотрите

That Obscure Object of Art
Curator: Vladimir Levashov
Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna
October 27 - November 26, 2008

“That Obscure Object of Art”, an exhibition of 40 works including paintings, assemblages and sculptures by 17 contemporary Russian artists, opens at the Kunsthistorische Museum in Vienna on 28 October 2008. Curated by Vladimir Levashov, the show includes artists from the Sots Art Movement such as Vitaly Komar, Alexander Melamid, Konstantin Zvezdochetov, Alexander Kosolapov and Boris Orlov, as well as works from the Moscow Conceptualists, from the same period, such as Andrey Monastyrsky, Yuri Albert, and Vadim Zakharov.

Vladimir Levashov, curator of “That Obscure Object of Art” comments: “I believe the time has come to highlight and to refocus on these art forms that have developed in Russia over the last 30 years. Contemporary Russian art was born out of the “cultural underground” and developed, up to the time of the perestroika, in opposition to the official art. In the 1970s, it was this underground environment that brought forth the most important innovative movements such as Moscow Conceptualism and Sots Art.”

Exhibition view

The similarities and juxtapositions between these two movements of Russian art of the late 20th and early 21st century form the heart of “That Obscure Object of Art”. Often referred to as “Soviet Pop Art,” Sots Art (short for Socialist Art) originated in the Soviet Union in the early 1970s as a reaction against the official aesthetic doctrine of the state—
Socialist Realism. The Moscow Conceptualist, or Russian Conceptualist, movement began with the Sots art in the early 1970s, and continued as a trend in Russian art into the 1980s. It attempted to subvert socialist ideology using conceptual art strategies.

Exhibition view

Stella Kesaeva, President of Stella Art Foundation, comments: “It is the first time that a private collection will be showing contemporary Russian art of this scale at a venue outside of Russia and we are proud to be able to present it at the Viennese Kunsthistorische Museum, one of the world’s leading art institutions. The show fully reflects the Foundation’s policy which is aimed at supporting Russian contemporary art and bridging through cultural diplomacy the East-West divide. It’s a rare chance to see this unexplored strand of contemporary Russian art which will be inspiring to European and Russian audiences alike.”

Exhibition view

Dr. Wilfried Seipel, Director General of the Kunsthistorisches Museum, says: “The collection of the Stella Art Foundation highlights an important episode in Russian history, and both its content as well as its quality will have exciting ressonances in the Kunsthistorische Museum. We are honored to open our spaces to this extraordinary show”.

Exhibition view

The title of the exhibition refers to Luis Bunuel’s last film “Cet obscur objet du desir” (1977), in which the characters of the principal females are constantly contrasted. It is clear that the two fellow movements Sots Art and the Moscow Conceptualism both juggled for critical acclaim.

The Foundation has published an illustrated catalogue of the exhibition with an essay by Vladimir Levashov.

Opening time
Tuesday – Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Kunsthistorisches Museum
Burgring 5, 1010, Vienna

The project was supported by the Mercury Group.

Photo reports


Russia's Contemporary Stars // Margaret Studer, The Wall Street Journal, 07.11.2008

13 September 2017
Artistic co-op Cupid. The Gang
Stella Art Foundation at Skaryatinsky Pereulok
September 13 - November 30, 2017
24 December 2015
Yellow Yellow Green. Russian Pavilion
Stella Art Foundation at Skaryatinsky Pereulok
December 24, 2015 - February 21, 2016
30 September 2015
Artistic co-op Cupid. Station Master
Stella Art Foundation at Skaryatinsky Pereulok
September 30 - November 29, 2015
25 May 2015
Yuri Albert. I Need to Tell You So Much with My Art
Stella Art Foundation at Skaryatinsky Pereulok
May 26 - July 26, 2015
27 November 2014
Sergei Shekhovtsov. Straight Through
Stella Art Foundation at Skaryatinsky Pereulok
December 06, 2014 - February 08, 2015
121069, Москва, Скарятинский переулок д.7
тел.: +7 495 691 34 07 факс: +7 495 691 25 63
121069, Moscow, Skaryatinsky pereulok 7,
tel: +7 495 691 34 07 fax: +7 495 691 25 63
Our facebook group Our facebook group