Open Gallery
Moscow, Trubnikovskiy lane, 22 building 2
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Yuri Albert


It can be said that Yuri Albert is one of the most consistent conceptualists among Russian conceptualist artists. He never tires of asking basic yet unanswered questions. What is art? What does it mean today to be an artist? What is it to be a Russian conceptual artist in particular? How is art perceived by the public? In one of his seminal series Albert engages in tongue-in-cheek comparisons between himself and international celebrities: “I am not Jasper Johns”, “I am not Lichtenstein”, “I am not Andy Warhol”. Albert is the author of “Paintings for the blind”, done in Braille characters, and the originator of museum tours for blindfolded visitors. He has done monochrome canvases in oil mixed with his own blood, feces, and the ashes of burnt books from his personal library. He has exhibited a series of same-size paintings – lists of realized and unrealized projects written in white against a black background. In 2009 as part of the Third Moscow Biennial of Contemporary Art “Against Exclusion”, Albert started a special award attributed by a vote of all participants. The terms of award provided that the Moscow Biennial would cover the costs of a laureate’s funeral should he or she die before the next Biennial. Since 2009 Albert has worked as part of the “Cupidon Group” together with Victor Skersis and Andrei Filippov. They seek to recreate collaborative practices that existed among Moscow unofficial artists in the 1970ies and 1980ies – practices of shared intellectual quest and shared merry-making. If one is to believe Albert’s statement that real conceptual art has to be boring, then Albert’s own creations still leave something to be desired.

Irina Kulik

born in Moscow
1974 – 1977 studied under K.Arnold
1977 – 1980 studied at MGPI
2000 Pollock-Crasner Foundation Grant
2001 winner of Civitella Ranieri Foundation fellowship
2011 winner of The Kandinsky Prize for his work «Moscow Poll»
Lives and works in Cologne and Moscow

Principal exhibitions


1988 Fragments of Moscow Underground (with V. Zakharov). Taidehalli, Helsinki

1989 Moscow days. GHMP, Staromestska Radnice, Prague

1990 Krings-Ernst Gallery, Cologne; “Three artists – two generations” (with V. Zakharov and V. Steinberg). Stadtgalerie Heerlen, The Netherlands

1992 “Pictures, collected by Y. Albert”. 1.0 Gallery, Moscow;
“Mum, Look, Here is an Artist!” L Gallery, Moscow; “How I became an Artist (with D. Gutov)”. Centre of Contemporary Art, Moscow

1993 “Triple Trying (with A. Flippov and D. Prigov)”. ICA, Moscow

1994 Exhibition (with V. Efimov). 1.0 Gallery, Moscow

1995 “Mami, schau, ein Kunstler!”. Hohenthal und Bergen Galerie, Cologne, Germany

1996 “Selfportrait with Closed Eyes”. Centre of Contemporary Art, Moscow

1997 “Le chef d’oeuvre inconnu”. Hohenthal und Bergen Galerie, Munich, Germany

1999 “Selbsportrait mit geschlossenen Augen”. Haus der Niederlande, Muenster, Germany

2004 “Painting”. Guelman Gallery, Moscow

2007 “Yuri Albert”. “Era” Foundation, Moscow

2008 “Yuri Albert. Painting, sculpture, graphics”. Stella Art Foundation, Moscow

2009 “Moscow Poll”. 3d Moscow Biennale of Modern Art, Moscow

2011 “Self-portraits with the eyes tied up”. “Paperworks” Gallery, Moscow


1983 “Come Yesterday And You’ll Be First!”. City without Walls, Newark, NJ; Contemporary Russian Center of America, NY

1986 “17th Annual Youth Exhibition”. Kuznetsky Most 11, Moscow

1988 “Labyrinth”. Palace of Youth, Moscow

1989 “Art Instead of Art – 7 Artists from Moscow”. Mucharnok Exhibition Palace, Budapest; “Expensive (Dear) Art”. Palace of Youth, Moscow; “Momentaufnahme: Junge Kunst auf Moskau”. Alte Stadt Museum, Muenster, BBK Cologne; Ravensberger Spinnerei, Bielefeld; “Furmanny Zaulek”. Polish Modern Art Foundation, Warsaw

1989 – 1990 “10+10, Contemporary Soviet and American Art”. Fort Worth MAM; San Francisko MOMA; Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo; Milwaukee Art Museum; Central Artist’s Union Hall, Moscow; Central Exhibition Hall, Leningrad

1990 “In de USSR en Erbuiten”. Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; “The Work of Art in the Age of Perestroika”. Phyllis Kind Gallery, New York; “Erosion: Soviet Art from the P. Halonen Collection”. Amos Anderson Museum, Helsinki; “USSR Heute – Soviet Art from the Ludwig Collection”. Neue Gallerie – Sammlung Ludwig, Aachen; Musee d’Art Moderne, Saint-Etienne

1991 “Artistos Russos Contemporaneos”. Auditorio de Galicia, Santiago de Compostella; “Mani Museum – 40 Moskauer Kunstler”. Karmelitenkloster, Frankfurt am Main; OstKunst – WestKunst”. Ludwig Forum, Aahen

1992 “A Mosca… A Mosca…”. Villa Campoleto, Ercolaneo; Galleria Communale d’Arte Moderne, Bologna; “CocArt”, Galleria Bianca Pilat, Milano; III International Istanbul Biennalе, Istanbul

1993 Espace d’Ezposition, Caisse de Depots et Consignations, Paris

1994 “Fluchtpunkt Moskau”. Ludwig Forum, Aachen; II International Biennale Cetinje. Cetinje, Montenegro; “Artist Instead of Piece of Art”. Central Artist’s Union Hall, Moscow; “New Territories of Art”. Art Museum, Sochi; “Private Mix”. Eigen+Art Gallery, Berlin

1995 “Kunst im Verborgenen, Nonkonformisten 1953–1995”. Wilhelm-Hack-Museum, Ludwigshafen; Documenta-Halle, Kassel; Staatlicher Lindenau Museum, Altenburg, Germany; “Kraftemesse. Privatisierungen”. Kunstlerwekstatt Lothringer Strasse 13, Munich, Germany; “Zeichnungen der Moskauer Szene”. Hohenthal und Littler Galerie, Munich, Germany; “Werkstatt Moscau”. Akademie der Kunste, Berlin; “In Moskau…. In Moscau… “. Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe; “Dry Water”. Bakhchisarai Museum, Bakhchisarai, Crimea

1995 – 1996 “Flug, Entfernung, Verschwinder – Konzeptuelle Moskauer Kunst”. Haus am Waldsee, Berlin; Stadtgalerie im Sophienhof, Kiel; Galerie Hlavniho Mesta Prahy, Prague; “Nature?”. Kunst – und Ausstellungshalle der BRD, Bonn, Germany; “Ostsee Biennale’96”. Kunsthalle Rostock, Germany

1997 “Ecology of Emptyness”. Institute of Contemporary Art, Moscow; III International Biennale Cetinje. Cetinje, Montenegro; Contemporary Art from the Tsaritsino Museum Collection, Moscow; Mucharnok Exhibition Palace, Budapest; “Faces of History”. Fine Art Museum, Novosibirsk; Picture Gallery, Samara; Fine Art Museum, Yekaterinburg; “Mystical Correct”. Galerie Hohenthal und Bergen, Berlin

1998 11th Tallinn Print Triennale, Tallinn; “Praprintium: Moscow Samizdat Books”. Berlin State Library; Neues Museum Wesrburg, Bremen; Museum fur Literatur am Oberrhein, Karlsruhe “Black Square”. Galerie Hohenthal und Bergen, Berlin

1998 – 2001 “Modernism and Post-Modernism: Russian Art of the Ending Millennium”. The Yeager Museum, Oneonta, NY; Plattsburg Art Museum, SUNI, Plattsburg, NY; Elain L. Jacob Gallery, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan; Evergreen House Museum, The Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, Maryland; Fondo del Sol Visual Arts Center and Museum, Washington DC; Willington B. Gray Gallery, School of Art, East Carolina University, Greenville, South Carolina

1999 “Motherland of Death”. Zverev Centre of Contemporary Art, Moscow; Museum of Nonconformist Art, St. Petersburg; “Russian Art 1950–1970 from the Collection of Contemporary Art Tsaritsino”. Central Artist’s Union Hall, Moscow;

1999 – 2000 “Le Fou dedouble, L’idiotie comme strategie contemporaine”. Central Artist’s Union Hall, Moscow; Central Exhibition Hall, Nijnii Novgorod; Regional Art Museum, Samara; Museum of Fine Arts, Ekaterinburg; Chateau d’Oiron, France

2000 “2000+ Arteast Collection: The Art of Eastern Europe in Dialogue with the West”. Moderna Galerija/Museum of Modern Art, Ljubljana

2001 “Mysterious Relation”. Museum of Mineralogy, Moscow; “Russian Abstraction of the 20th Century”. State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg

2001 – 2002 “2000+Arteast Collection: The Art of Eastern Europe in Dialogue with the West”. Orangery Congress, Innsbruck; ZKM, Karlsruhe; “Das Rote Haus. Zeitgenossische Russische Kunst aus der Sammlung Bierfreind”. Staedtlische Galerie Bietigheim-Bissingen; Staedtische Galerie Willa Zanders, Bergisch-Gladbach, Germany

2002 “Die Russische Avantgarde und Paul Sezanne”. Gustav-Luebke-Museum, Hamm; “MM (Moscow Minimalism)”. Art Frankfurt, Frankfurt am Main; “Aus anderer Sicht”. Galerie im Buergerhaus, Neunkirchen (Saar);

2003 “Berlin – Moscow/Moscow – Berlin”. Martin Gropius-Bau, Berlin; “Moskauer Konzeptualismus, Sammlung H.G. Oroschakoff&Sammlung, Verlag und Archiv V. Zakharov”. Kupferstichkabinett Berlin

2004 “Berlin – Moscow/Moscow – Berlin”. Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow; “Einladung zur Hinrichtung”. Gallery Schueppenhauer, Cologne; “7 Sins”. Moderna galerija, Ljubljana

2005 “Apartment Exhibitions 1956–1979”. RGGU Museum Center, Moscow; “Accomplices, Collective and Interactive Works in Russian Art 1960–2000”. The State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow; “Allusive Form: Painting as Idea”. The Jane Voorhees Zimmerly Art Museum, New Jersey; “Reflexion”. National Centre for Contemporary Arts, Moscow, Ekaterinburg; “Russian Pop-Art”. State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow; “Angels of History, Moscow Conceptualism and its Influence”. MuHKA, Antverpen

2005 – 2006 “Collage in Russia, The 20th Century”. State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg

2006 “Innovation”. National Centre for Contemporary Arts, Moscow; “The History of Russian Videoart, volume I”. Moscow Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow;

2007 “The Woes of wit”. State Literature Museum, Moscow; “Thinking Realism”. State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow; “Heterotopias”/ First Contemporary Art Biennale of Thessaloniki. Thessaloniki, Greece; “On Geekdom”. Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece; “Adventures of Black Square”. State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg

2009Identity Crisis”. Open Gallery, Moscow

2010New Expression”. Open Gallery, Moscow; “Memories and Dreams”. Open Gallery, Moscow; ”Counterpoint, Contemporary Russian Art”. Louvre, France

2011 "Looking for a Masterpiece". Open Gallery, Moscow

2012I've Been Here!”. Open Gallery, Moscow
Limited Edition”. Open Gallery, Moscow

2013 "What did the artist mean by that?". MMOMA, Moscow


 “I’m not Lichtenstein”. 1994. Screen-print. 86 x 61 cm.

“I’m not Lichtenstein”. 1994. Screen-print. 86 x 61 cm.

“Im not Andy Warhol 3”. 2006. Canvas, acrylic, 100 × 100

“Im not Andy Warhol 3”. 2006. Canvas, acrylic, 100 × 100