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What is Left of Art? Exhibitions Instead of Artworks: a talk with Kirill Svetlyakov


A talk with chief curator of the New State Tretyakov Gallery and co-curator of METAGEOGRAPHY. SPACE - IMAGE – ACTION Kirill Svetlyakov, one of the leading curators and art theorists in Russia today. Kirill will talk about the status and perception of works of art in the context of modern museums, exhibitions and post-industrial culture.

Kirill Svetlyakov has been working at the State Tretyakov Gallery since 2006. His recent curatorial projects include: "The Thaw. 1953-1968'' (2016), Hyperrealism. When Reality Becomes an Illusion, (2015), Dmitry Prigov: From the Renaissance to Conceptualism and Beyond "(2014), Decoration of the Beautiful. Elitism and Kitsch in Contemporary Art (2012), all at the State Tretyakov Gallery, all of which have been highly praised by the art community. In 2011 Svetlyakov received “The independent Sergey Kuryokhin Contemporary Art Award” for the exhibition “Hostages of Voids” as “The best curatorial project”, which was a part of the IV Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art.

Svetlyakov strives to model a comprehensive history of 20th Century Russian art, which until now has been fragmented in public consciousness. He is co-authors and editor of “The State Tretyakov Gallery on Krymsky Val. 20th century art. A guide” which suggests innovative principles of the new practices of representation and experiments with exhibitions formats in order to better convey the intentions of the artist to the audience.

Kirill Svetlyakov is repeatedly mentioned in the lists of the most influential people in the Russian art world according to the “ArtChronika”, “Artguide” and “The Art Newspaper Russia”.

This is the latest event in the Pushkin House series of talks with leading Russian curators. The talk will be chaired by Pushkin House Curatorial Advisor, Olga Jürgenson.

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