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The Woes of Wit
Curator: Vera Pogodina

event site and dates

The Literature Museum   28 february 2007 — 4 march 2007

curator

  • Vera Pogodina

project description

The Woes of Wit project is a philosophical and artistic revision of the theme of Griboedovs famous play in the spirit of a critical sociocultural analysis of here and now, performed by actual Russian artists. The Woes of Wit project is at the same time the most complex and most welcome exhibition in The Russian Reader series. In this series there was also War and Peace, Fathers and Sons, Crime and Punishment, etc. As a matter of fact, its stated idea to marry Word and Image, Picture and Book, Letter and Line is the mission statement of conceptualism, which is concerned primarily with the adventures of language. It is worth noting that in the context of Moscow conceptualism the theme of Woes of Wit is doubly appropriate. Just as Chatsky, our heroes smile at their own yearning for cultural or even religious ideals lost or desecrated by an ignorant public. This deep romantic space of Russian conceptualist practices justifies the bringing together of such disparate authors as Gor Chakhal and Vadim Zakharov, Pavel Pepperstein and Andrey Monastyrsky, Dmitry Aleksandrovich Prigov and Sergei Volkov.

artists

  • Nikita Alekseev
  • Yuri Albert
  • Sergey Anufriev
  • Sergei Volkov
  • Elena Elagina
  • Vadim Zakharov
  • Konstantin Zvezdochetov
  • Maria Konstantinova
  • Igor Makarevich
  • Boris Matrosov
  • Sergey Mironenko
  • Andrey Monastyrsky
  • Arkady Nasonov
  • Vikenty Nilin
  • Anton Olshvang
  • Pavel Pepperstein
  • Dmitry Prigov and the PMP Group
  • Larisa Rezun-Zvezdochetova
  • Viktor Skersis
  • Anton Smirnitsky
  • Vitas Stasjunas
  • Boris Stuchebryukov
  • Maria Sumnina
  • Andrey Filippov
  • Gor Chakhal
  • Maria Chernysheva
  • Maria Chuykova
  • The 4th Height Group

organiser

  • VP Studio




A full-length article about the project will be in the catalogue of the 2nd Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art which is coming out on the 1st March.








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