Monthly Archive: March 1999

Poetry as Nakedness

(Vladimir Yaremenko-Tolstoy)

The economic cataclysm swallowed Andrey Borisovich Gubin in Moscow,
The economic cataclysm swallowed Semyon Antonovich Paramonov in Kursk,
The economic cataclysm swallowed Nikolay Petrovich Aleksandrov in Vladivostoc,
The economic cataclysm swallowed Yuriy Grigoyevich Gavryushin in NizhyNovgorod,
The economic cataclysm swallowed Pavel Vladimirovich Sorokin in Petrosavodsk,
The economic cataclysm swallowed Alexey Ivanovich Kirogasov in Krasnoyarsk,
The economic cataclysm swallowed Sergey Sergeevich Borodulin in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk,
The economic cataclysm swallowed Oleg Arkadyevich Chvostopadov in Novosibirsk,
The economic cataclysm swallowed Michail Michaylovich Savushkin in Krasnodar,
The economic cataclysm swallowed Mark Leonidovich Zakharov in Irkutsk,
The … Read more

Ilya Kabakov and the Corridor of Two Banalities

Ilya Kabakov is one of the pioneers of the conceptual movement in artistic life in Moscow. Since the sixties his artistic activity has provided an alternative to Communist propaganda produced by artists of that period, making a game out of the Soviet-style Socialist Realism which dominated the arts. Kabakov’s first interest was in the artist’s book and painting; but in the mid-eighties, he shifted his concentration and was recognized as the creator of famous installations such as “Ten Characters” and “He Lost His Mind, Undressed, and Ran Away Naked,” depicting the mentality of a person dominated by ideology. At the Read more

Mixed Review: Dmitri Prigov, ‘Bridge’

Gallery Foto/Graphik Kaethe Kollwitz; Kollwitzstrasse 58, Berlin, Germany, until 8 June 1999

This open-air gallery at the site of the former home of German artist Kaethe Kollwitz regularly shows new works by various artists. It is a dynamic medium commemorating Kaethe Kollwitz’s deep social and human concern that made her one of Germany’s foremost expressionist artists. Playing on Berlin’s location between East and West, Prigov’s drawing “The Bridge” falls into the genre of his “newspaper drawings” and is open to various interpretations.

Rubinshtein Mix. . . This time, we’ll start like this (Lev Rubinshtein, “This time”, 1987): There is another … Read more

Haralampi Oroschakoff (Online Gallery)


Born in 1955, Sofia (Bulgaria)
Lives and works in Berlin and Théoule sur Mer.


The paintings shown in this issue of ARTISTVIEW were to be seen in the solo exhibition “Etre la au bord du Monde: Voyageurs et Orientalistes, 1988 -1999” at the Musee d’Art moderne et contemporain in Geneva/Switzerland in 1999. The were subsequently shown in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

“Settlers on the Edge of the World: Itinerants and Orientalists” aims to reconcile wholeness with fragmentation and are about the lost or neglected narratives … Read more

Dmitry Prigov: Pulsierendes Schwarz

ifa-Galerie, Neustädtische Kirchstrasse 15, 10117 Berlin. Open daily except Mondays 2-7 p.m. from 1/29/99 to 3/21/99. Catalogue: DM 18,–.

Dmitry Prigov is one Moscow Conceptualist artist who has succeeded in creating an artistic universe of his own, or rather, an artistic all-encompassing mythology. His output alone is monstrous: He has already completed 20,000 poems and is planning to reach 24,000 by the end of the year. He has written prose, plays, and theory; worked as a performing and recording artist; produced drawings, sculptures, objects and installations. This massive output testifies to his obsession to fill the void around him with … Read more

The Quest for Freedom. Moscow Artists of the 1950’s – 1970’s.

The Quest for Freedom. Moscow Artists of the 1950’s – 1970’s. Die Suche nach der Freiheit. Moskauer Künstler der 50er – 70er Jahre.

Berlin, Russisches Haus, Friedrichstrasse 176-179. Until 2/14/99, open daily 2-7 pm.

Lauenburg (Germany), Zündholzfabrik, Elbstrasse 2 (2/21/99 – 4/21/99, open mondays to fridays 10 am – 4 pm, saturdays, sundays 10 am – 1.30 pm. Closed over Easter. The full-color catalogue costs DM 35,–.

During the years following Stalin’s death, freedom in the Soviet Union first of all meant personal and political freedom. Artistic freedom from the norms of Socialist Realism, however, was more than a side … Read more