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Vera Khlebnikova

 

Vera Khlebnikova is heir to the famous artistic dynasty of MiturichKhlebnikov’s. She is a graduate of the Moscow Institute of Graphic Arts where she majored in “Book Design”. She taught drawing at her Alma Mater and at Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey. Her book illustrations and designs won her multiple awards. She has also tried her hand at literature and published a novel titled “Doro”. Both Khlebnikova’s visual art and her writing reflect her ties with the Moscow Conceptualist School, although unlike most conceptualists she is interested not in abstractions and essences, but in stories and emotions. She likes to mix matters of public and private importance and uses both occasional “finds” – items that had belonged to strangers, and her family’s sizeable archive. Mundane objects from the Soviet past are used by her to create an esthetically pleasing and somewhat bohemian alternative to the unattractive world they come from. Reanimated by Khlebnikova these typically Soviet things prized by other unofficial artists for their very ordinariness end up telling sentimental and romantic stories. Photos of nobody knows who, newspaper clippings, official forms, small items – all these things that normally become trash, are treated as treasures, as witnesses of interesting times. There is nothing about the objects themselves to give them the precious aura of true antiques, except that they come from the past. Clipped newspaper reports of dramatic events become captions to photos of strangers. In a series called “2000 Stamps” Khlebnikova uses blown up postage stamps with portraits of the Romanov family and ink stamps with old place names – reminders of all those towns that had lost their names. In another project, small antiques sewn onto velvet pads make one reflect on the relationship between beauty and the past. In yet another series, portraits of famous Russian authors get cut into pieces, making the faces difficult to recognize and thus removing the automatic gloss associated with fame. Subjecting her collections of objects to various transformations, organizing nameless trash into sentimental stories and existential dramas, the artist gives new lives to anonymous and forgotten strangers.

Faina Balakhovskaya  

 

1954 born in Makhachkala, Russia  
1965–1972 studied in Moscow Art School
1977 graduated from Moscow Polygraphic Institute, Department of polygraphyc Product Design
1991–1998 taught at the Moscow Polygraphic Institute, Faculty of Drawing, Painting and Composition
1985 member of Union of Artists
2000 participated in the “Week of Russian Literature”, Cologne
2002–2003 taught at the Bilkent University, Ankara, Department of Fine Arts
2004 taught the course “Book as an Object” at Salzburg International Summer Academy
1988, 1989, 1992, 1995 diplomas and awards of Russian National Competition in book illustrations


Principal exhibitions

Personal

1995 “Figureheads”. Yakut Gallery, Moscow; “Rustle of Time”. Institute of Russia and Eastern Europe, Helsinki; “Papierarbeiten”, Gallery Inge Herbert, Berlin
1996 “Apologias”. Obscuri viri, ROSIZO, Moscow
1997 “The Artist's House or my Life in Art”. XL Gallery, Moscow
2001 “Seven Books”. Helsinki Library, Helsinki
2002 “The selected works”. Ulitsa OGI Gallery, Moscow
2008 “To store impossible to throw out”. E.K.Art bureau, Moscow


Group

1983 16th Annual Youth Exhibition. Manezsh, Moscow
1986 17th Annual Youth Exhibition. Central Artist's Union Hall, Moscow
1991–1992 “Sovjetische kunst um 1990”. (Binazionale). Kunsthalle Dusseldorf, Israel Museum, Jerusalem; Central Artist's Union Hall, Moscow
1996 “Nordgrafia”. Visby, Sweden; “The Moscow Studio”. Corcoran Museum, Washington
1997 “Kvadriennale of Graphic Arts”. Central Artist’s Union Hall, Moscow
1998 “Two menskliga histories” (with A. Ordin-Kedja). Gotland’s Konstmuseum, Visby, Sweden
1999 “Artist's book”. Museum of Private Collections, Moscow
2000 “Der fuenfte Element – Geld oder Kunst?”. Kunsthalle, Duesseldorf; “The View From Here”. State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow
2001 “Tallinna XII graafikatriennaal”. Tallinn; “Pyotr, Vera, Mai, Vera. Four creative portraits”. State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow
2002 “Pauper Paper” (with P. Makov). State Gallery, Tallinn; “Temptations”. Women Art Museum, Washington;
2005 “Collage. XX Century”. Museum of Private Collections, Moscow; “Collage in Russia. XX Century”. State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg
2006 “The Book as Art: Twenty Years of Artists' Books from the National Museum of Women in the Arts”. NMWA, Washington
2008 “Mailartissimo”. The A.S. Popov Central Museum of Communications, St. Petersburg
2009 Identity Crisis”, Open Gallery, Moscow; “Temptation”, Open Gallery, Moscow
2010 The City”, Open Gallery, Moscow; “Memories and Dreams”. Open Gallery, Moscow

 

Collections

A.N. Tolstoy Museum, Samara
Russian Federation Ministery of Culture, Moscow
State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow
Museum of Private Collections, Moscow
Corcoran Museum, Washington
National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington
Constanz University, Germany    

From the “Russian Portrait” series. 2001 – 2007. Computer print

From the “Russian Portrait” series. 2001 – 2007. Computer print

55 Insignificant Memories. 2010

55 Insignificant Memories. 2010

55 Insignificant Memories. 2010

55 Insignificant Memories. 2010