From November 22, 2011 to January 8, 2012 – Moscow museum of modern art

Moscow Museum of Modern Art presents The State exhibition by Dmitry Tsvetkov. He is a representative of the generation of Moscow artists who started their careers in the 1990s, at the beginning of the Russian contemporary art scene. Among them Oleg Kulik, Anatoly Osmolovsky, Dmitry Gutov and others may be named. At present, they stand out in Russian art — surely, this concerns Dmitry Tsvetkov as well.

The exhibition demonstrates the development of the author’s concept regarding «new visual symbols of Russia». Among them there are uniforms, orders, weapons and coats of arms. The artist makes these attributes of power attractive and magnificent. Thus, Tsvetkov creates a grotesque, ironic, sarcastic and absurd image of the State. For example, the crown of the Russian Empire is made of silk and decorated with chrystals, a 3-meter-high military papakha is bead-embroidered, whereas hand grenades or daggers are knitted. The diversity of items forms an alternative symbol system of the invented state, where, like in a distorting mirror, the viewers can easily recognize many familiar things.

The author’s reflection about the state and its presentation are serially exhibited in 12 halls; each of them is devoted to the artist’s specific series or project. The exhibition in the MMoMA will show the artist’s famous artworks from the collections of Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Tretyakov Gallery, National Centre of Contemporary Art and other collections.

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