Irina Nakhova – a special guest of the 4th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art
State Museum of Modern Art of the Russian Academy of Arts
May 19 – July 3, 2011
Irina Nakhova is considered to be an author of the first Russian “total installations”. Her artistic career is inherently linked to the Moscow Conceptualist circles. She has early recognized her mission as an artist. She has defined the existence of art as a vital necessity. “Only the bare-necessity approach to creating artworks made them living and full of not-for-consumption energy”, the artist says. This “maximalist approach” likens Nakhova’s art to the Russian avant-garde art of the 20 century. Artworks by Irina Nakhova are in the museum and private collections in France, Germany, UK, Italy, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and USA.
The large-scale retrospective show of Irina Nakhova will unite for the first time her works of different genres, made in different techniques and during different periods of her artistic career, starting from the late 1970s. It will help to reveal inseparable connection between her paintings, installations and art objects, to “display non-singularity of art objects in syncreticness of their vital motivation and necessity”. The “Room No2” will be reconstructed in detail, including original drawings and documentation of 1984.