COMMISSIONER AND CURATOR
Semyon Mikhailovsky

(b.1961, lives and works in St Petersburg and Moscow)

Mikhailovsky is the Head of the St. Petersburg Academy of the Arts. He is a member of the President’s Culture and Art Council of the Russian Federation and the Russian Academy of the Arts as well as Head of the Expert Committee of the Moscow Biennale. Mikhailovsky has been awarded the Order of the Star of Italy.

ARTISTS
Grisha Bruskin

(b.1945, lives and works in Moscow)

A central theme in Bruskin’s practice is studying the formation, existence and deterioration of cultural, historical and ideological mythologies. His works are held in numerous American and European museum collections, such as MoMA and the Jewish Museum (New York), the Art Institute of Chicago, Ludwig Museum (Cologne), Centre Pompidou (Paris), and the State Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts and Tretyakov State Gallery (Moscow). In 2015, he participated in the Venice Biennale with the collateral exhibition, An Archeologist’s Collection. Bruskin is also a well-known writer. His books include Past Imperfect and many have been translated into English, French and Italian. In 2012, Bruskin was awarded the Kandinsky Prize for Russian contemporary art for his sculptural project H-Hour. In 1999, at the invitation of the German government and as a representative of Russia, he created the monumental triptych, Life Above All, for the restored Reichstag building in Berlin.

Recycle Group

(live and work in Krasnodar and Paris)

In 2008, artists Andrei Blokhin (born 1987, Krasnodar) and Georgy Kuznetsov (born 1985, Stavropol) formed Recycle Group. From that year, they have been active participants in Russian and international contemporary art exhibitions. In June 2017, Recycle Group has a major solo exhibition at the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts (Moscow). In 2016, they were awarded a Arte Laguna Prize. Recycle Group’s acclaimed project Conversion in Saint Antonin church was an official collateral event of the Venice Biennale in 2015. In 2010, they received the Kandinsky Prize for Russian contemporary art with their project Reverse. Recycle Group have participated in art shows in France, Italy, the UK, USA and Belgium.

Sasha Pirogova

(b.1986, lives and works in Moscow)

Pirogova graduated in Physics from the Moscow State University in 2010, before attending the Rodchenko Art School (both in Moscow). Pirogova’s work is currently on view (until 14 May 2017) at the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art (Moscow) as part of its inaugural Garage Triennial of Russian Contemporary Art. In 2016, she was nominated for the Future Generation Art Prize, organised by the Victor Pinchuk Foundation. Also in 2016, Pirogova was selected for the Present Continuous program, an annual scheme run by the V-A-C Foundation and Museum of Modern Art of Antwerp to acquire work by young Russian artists. In 2014, she won an INNOVATION prize for Russian contemporary art. 

Dmitri Kourliandski

(b.1976, lives and works in Moscow)

Kourliandski graduated from the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory and completed post-graduate study under Leonid Bobylev. He is the winner of composer competitions in the Netherlands, Switzerland, Austria and Russia. In 2008, he was a guest of the Berliner Künstlerprogramm. He has composed for the 2e2m musical ensemble in France. Since 2012, Kourliandski has worked as a professor at conservatories in France, the Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Israel, Ukraine and Russia. The composer of chamber, symphonic and opera music played in concerts and festivals around the world, he has released music on the FANCYMUSIC and Col Legno labels. Kourliandski was also one of the founders of the Structural Resistance (StRes) composer group. He is the creative director of the International Young Composers Academy in Tchaikovsky City and, since 2013, the musical director at the Stanislavsky Electrotheatre in Moscow.

Konstantin Dudakov-Kashuro

(b. 1978, lives and works in Moscow)

Dudakov-Kashuro is the Associate Professor of Moscow State University and teaches at the Higher School of Art Practices and Museum Technologies of the Russian State University for the Humanities. A scholar specialising in art and literature of the German and Italian avant-garde, Dudakov-Kashuro has also written on the history of noise music from the early Soviet era. He is a member of The Music Laboratory and a scientific editor and translator of art and program texts of Dadaists (Gilea Publishing House, European University Publishing House in St. Petersburg). Dudakov-Kashuro co-authored the projects Reconstruction of Noise and the Reconstruction of Utopia, which received the Grand Prize of the Sergey Kuryokhin Prize in 2013.

Peter Aidu

(b. 1976, lives and works in Moscow)

Aidu graduated from the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory with honors under prof. Sakharova. He completed his post-graduate study under prof. Lyubimov at the Faculty of Historical and Contemporary Performing Arts, Moscow. He is a soloist of the Moscow Philharmonic and in 2008, he was appointed the Head of the Music Laboratory at School of Dramatic Art, Moscow. Aidu has played numerous solo live performances in Russia, Germany, Hungary, Austria, Belgium, Switzerland, Japan, Taiwan, amongst other countries.

The Russian Pavilion would like to thank Assistant Commissioner Catherine Tolstoy and Co-Curators Giuseppe Barbieri and Silvia Burini (Grisha Bruskin) and Ekaterina Shcherbakova (Recycle Group).