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Kolodzei Art Foundation's Calendar

Recent and Upcoming Exhibitions:

Eduard Gorokhovsky:  From Siberia to Moscow, Selected Works on Paper from the Kolodzei Art Foundation – opening reception on Wednesday, January 31, 2018, 6-8pm at Harriman Institute Atrium, Columbia University, 420 W 118th Street, NYC, 12th floor. The show runs until March 30, 2018 This exhibition features selected drawings from the 1960s and early 1970s by prominent Russian artist Eduard Gorokhovsky (1929-2004) while he was living and working in Novosibirsk and drawings and artist’s prints from his Moscow period.     more information.

Personal Spaces – Interactive Multimedia Works by Anna Frants, Carla Gannis, Alexandra Dementieva, Elena Gubanova and Ivan Govorkov. National Arts Club, Gregg Gallery, 15 Gramercy Park South, New York, February 26 - March 24, 2018. Opening Reception February 27, 2018, 6-8pm.

This exhibition brings together a collection of experiential-based ideas and projects built around the idea of interaction between the viewer and an artwork, an individual and a society, mediated by technologically progressive visualization methods. Technology can be viewed as an instrument for artists to offer reflections on the role of information in society; cultural mechanisms; the boundary between the real and the virtual; and the use of mass media as instruments for manipulation and control. Some of the works are inspired by the artists’ own experiences and create an illusion of the individual taking on a paradoxical and timeless sojourn into the ideal — an entirely “personal” space constructed of inanimate objects from the past. Other works offer journeys through imaginary epochs represented by classical forms, historical images and creative associations, while additional works explore female identity through the artist turning the camera on herself as a character for role playing in digital narratives. The exhibition explores artworks that are immersive, participatory, performative and kinetic, all from the vantage point of the phenomenological experience. It is organized in collaboration with CYLAND MediaArtLab and the Kolodzei Art Foundation. more info

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at 7:00 PM – panel discussion and visual presentation - Collecting, Preserving, Displaying and Lending Digital Media-Based Art at the National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South, New York City.

Anne Spalter (The Anne and Michael SpaIter Digital Art Collection), Anna Frants (CYLAND Media Art Lab), Carla Gannis will address the issues of collecting, preserving, and curating these dynamic, ephemeral, fragile and vulnerable works or techniques that rely on digital technology in creative and display processes; moderated by Natalia Kolodzei. more info 

The Kolodzei Art Foundation is lending works to the exhibition Commemorating the Russian Revolution, 1917/2017 at the Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University, 71 Hamilton Street, New Brunswick, New Jersey from October 14 to February 18, 2017.  Public program and reception on November 7, 2017.

The Kolodzei Art Foundation is lending works to the exhibition Varieties of Nonconformism: Unofficial Art from the Former Soviet Union at Amherst Center for Russian Culture, Amherst, Massachusetts from October 9, 2017 to February 4, 2018.

Exhibition “Russian Émigré-Artists in the USA. 1950-2017. Presented by the Kolodzei Art Foundation” in conjunction with the 10th Annual Independent Russian Documentary Film Festival in New York, Downtown Community TV Center, DCTV, 87 Lafayette St., NYC, October 20-22, 2017. 

Natalia Kolodzei participates in Translations & Dialogues: The Reception of Russian Art Abroad, Collecting Russian Art roundtable (in memory of Norton Dodge) in Venice, Italy October 25 – 27, 2017. Three-day international conference, co-organized by the Centro Studi sulle Arti della Russia (CSAR) at the University Ca' Foscari in Venice, the Society of Historians of East European, Eurasian, and Russian Art and Architecture, Inc. (SHERA) and the Cambridge Courtauld Russian Art Centre (CCRAC).

Oleg Vassiliev: Metro Series & Selected Works on Paper from the Kolodzei Art Foundation – Opening reception  on January 23, 2017 from 6 to  9pm at the Harriman Institute, Columbia University, 420 W 118th Street, 12th floor, NYC. The gallery talk is on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 6pm info. The show runs until March 31, 2017.  For more information visit http://harriman.columbia.edu/event/exhibit-opening-oleg-vassiliev-metro-series-selected-works-paper

Oleg Vassiliev is regarded as a key member of the Nonconformist Art movement; rather than confining himself to the discussion of contemporary political and societal issues, Vassiliev’s work explores concepts reaching beyond questions of social order. Among his immediate influences are the lyrical realist landscape paintings of Isaac Levitan and Kazimir Malevich’s Suprematist art. As the Russian artist Erik Bulatov puts it, Vassiliev’s painting “connects such disparate lines of development in Russian art as nineteenth-century realist painting, landscape painting in particular, and the avant-garde of the 1910s and 1920s.” Though he immigrated to the United States in 1990, Russia and Russian art continued to play an important role in Vassiliev’s work.  Rather than reject past artistic experiments, Vassiliev embraced them, combining traditional artistic concepts with nonconformist ideas and influences from early  20th Century abstract art. The past and present seem to collide in his work, and this work, too, appears timeless—at once belonging to the past and the present. Linked to this idea of timelessness, is the idea of transitional space. Throughout his works, Vassiliev emphasizes the importance of memory. Individual memories, often the starting points of his work, become universal explorations of memory and the act of remembering.

Vassiliev was born in 1931 in Moscow, and lived and worked in New York. He died in St. Paul, Minnesota in 2013. He has been the recipient of numerous artistic awards and grants, including from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation (1994 and 2002). In 1999, he was the first recipient of the “Liberty Prize.” His work has been displayed in museum exhibitions across the globe. His prominent solo museum exhibitions include Oleg Vassiliev: Memory Speaks (Themes and Variations) at The State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow in 2004 and The State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg in 2005; The Art of Oleg Vassiliev, The Museum of Russian Art, Minneapolis, Minnesota in 2011; Oleg Vassiliev: Space and Light at the Zimmerli Art Museum, New Brunswick in 2014-2015.

Asya Dodina and Slava Polishchuk

St. Peter’s Church and the Kolodzei Art Foundation are pleased to present What Remains: Asya Dodina and Slava Polishchuk at Narthex Gallery, St. Peter’s Church, 619 Lexington Ave (at 54th Street) New York City, March 18 – May 9, 2016. Opening reception on Thursday, April 7, 2016 from 6pm to 9pm. 
The series What Remains by Russian-American artists Asya Dodina and Slava Polishchuk appeal to the viewer on both analytical and emotional levels:  their  philosophical reflections on art drive their artistic process, alluding to the ephemeral nature of contemporary society and to the passage of time.  
Asya Dodina and Slava Polishchuk wrote: “Witnessing the destructive power of Hurricane Sandy and the unspeakable tragedies that it brought, we started our project What Remains. The project is addressed to the themes of loss and memory. Images of empty nests floating in nowhere; fragments of plants, drawn with graphite, juxtaposed to debris of the computers; cell phones,  assembled on the canvas and then covered with splashes of paint. Images are symbols of lost lives and homes, but at the same time they are symbols of hope.”
Personal and cultural memory acquire a spatial embodiment.  The artists extract and elevate visual images from the past, dramatize and transform them in order to arrive at something more universal, something common to the entire human experience.  Juxtaposition and collision of different styles, aesthetics, media, combinations of elaborate fine details, textures, and remnants of computers interweaved onto  Japanese paper; the artists  construct their artworks on the intensity of coexistence of opposite extremes, playing on the ambivalence of meaning, encouraging discussion of their work.
Asya Dodina and Slava Polishchuk have been working on the series What Remains for the last five years.
About St. Peter’s Church
: Saint Peter’s Church contributes to New York’s vibrant art scene by hosting rotating exhibitions in two prominent gallery spaces. Exhibitions typically explore spirituality in its broadest sense, provoking discussion regarding art’s place in culture, in spiritual thought and in daily life.  The Chapel of the Good Shepherd (1977) at St. Peter’s Church is the only existing NYC environment designed by Louise Nevelson (born 1899 in Poltava Governorate of the Russian Empire; died in 1988 in NY).
St. Peter's Church 619 Lexington Ave. at 54th St. New York, NY 10022 http://saintpeters.org  Gallery hours: daily 9:00 A.M. - 11:00 P.M

Leonid Lazarev
Leonid Lazarev
The Kolodzei Art Foundation presents: Dawn of Manned Space Exploration, Photographed by Leonid Lazarev the Harriman Institute, Columbia University (420 West 118 Street, 12th Floor) from Monday, March 21 to Friday, May 20. Opening reception for the exhibition on Monday March 21 from 6 to 8 pm. 
For more information visit http://harriman.columbia.edu/event/kolodzei-art-foundation-presents-dawn-manned-space-exploration-photographed-leonid-lazar
Anton Kandinsky, Post-Soviet-Ism This Leads to Fire: Russian Art from Non-Conformism to Global Capitalism. Selections from the Kolodzei Art Foundation, Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College, 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, NY 10577, September 14, 2014 to January 11, 2015. This Leads to Fire features selections from the Kolodzei Art Foundation, one of the most extensive collections of nonconformist and contemporary Russian art in the world.  The exhibition will include works ranging from the 1950s through the period of Glasnost and contemporary art. It will be organized into five parts that explore the origins of Nonconformist art, the developments of Moscow Conceptualism, Sots Art, the influence of the Russian avant-garde in geometric abstraction, and the coercive legacy of Socialist Realism. This Leads to Fire will familiarize viewers with an important and underappreciated body of work, but also demonstrate the challenges these artists still pose to both mainstream Russian culture and the globalized art world. The exhibition is curated by Sarah Warren, Assistant Professor of Art History at Purchase College, the State University of New York. 
The artists features in the exhibition include:  Alena Anosova, Tatiana Antoshina, Valeryi Ayzenberg, Vagrich Bakhchanyan, Leonid Borisov, Erik Bulatov, Irene Caesar, Genia Chef, Mikhail Chernyshev and Star Group, Group Collective Action (Andrei Monastyrsky, Nikita Alexeev, Nikolai Panitkov, Georgii Kizevalter, Igor Makarevich, Elena Elagina, Sergei Romashko, Sabine Haensgen), Alexandra Dementieva, Alla Esipovich, Anna Frants, Rimma Gerlovina, Valeriy Gerlovin, Dimitry Gerrman, Gnezdo (Nest) Group (Mikhail Roshal, Gennadii Donskoi, and Viktor Skersis), Eduard Gorokhovsky, Francisco Arana Infante, Ilya Kabakov, Anton S. Kandinsky, Dimitri Kantorov, Konstantin Khudyakov, Marina Koldobskaya, Vyacheslav Koleichuk, Vitaly Komar, Dmitrii Krasnopevtsev, Valentina Kropivnitskaya, Yefim Ladyzhensky, Leonid Lamm, Rostislav Lebedev, Lydia Masterkova, Alexander Melamid, Artem Mirolevich, Mikhail Molochnikov, Ernst Neizvestny, Vladimir Nemukhin, Natalia Nesterova, Alexander Ney, Shimon Okshteyn, Oscar Rabin, Mikhail Roginsky, Samuil Rubashkin, San San (Alexander Karasev), Alexander Sigutin, Anatolii Slepyshev, Eduard Shteinberg, Leonid Sokov, Alexei Titarenko, Alexei Tyapushkin, Oleg Vassiliev, Sergei Volokhov, Julia Winter, Vladimir Yakovlev, Vladimir Yankilevsky, Valery Yershov, Valerii Yurlov, Anatolii Zverev  
Neu First Wednesday Lecture, Wednesday, November 5, 4:30 pm   Masha Gessen: Russian Power, Russian Dissent Held at the Purchase College Music Conservatory Recital Hall. Refreshments following the lecture at the Neuberger Museum of Art. Russian-American journalist Masha Gessen, author of The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin and Words Will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot, will discuss contemporary issues in Russia.
Conversation: Collecting Art in Russia, Tuesday, November 18, 11 am Join Natalia Kolodzei in a conversation about collecting art in Russia. Kolodzei’s family daringly amassed one of the most extensive collections of Nonconformist and contemporary Russian art in the world, that is now part of the Kolodzei Art Foundation Collection.
Neu First Wednesdays Media Lecture: Artists Speak–Vitaly Komar, Wednesday, December 3, 4:30 pm 
Vitaly Komar has spent much of his career reacting to what he calls “the overproduction of ideology and its propaganda,” most notably Soviet Socialist Realism. From 1967 to 2003, Komar and Alexander Melamid organized various conceptual projects, ranging from painting and performance to installation, public sculpture, photography, music, and poetry, that form a powerful response to contemporary political and social climates. This New Media Lecture is presented by the Neuberger Museum of Art and the New Media Board of Study, School of Film and Media Studies, Purchase College. Free admission and refreshments will be served.
Open house with Tatiana and Natalia Kolodzei Saturday, January 10 from 2 to 4:30 pm and Sunday, January 11 from 2 to 4:30 pm . For directions and more information visit Neuberger Museum of Art


 Finding Freedom in Russian Art, 1961-2014. Selections from the Kolodzei Art Foundation and the Collection of Dr. Wayne F. Yakes. Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, 710 East St. Mary Boulevard, Lafayette, LA 70503, August 30 to December 6, 2014. Opening reception Friday, September 19, 2014. The works in this exhibition will highlight the evolution of non-conformist and independent art in Russian from a time of rigid censorship to the new democratic Russia. The works, spanning 1961 to 2014, reflect the major wave of Russian alternative culture and describe the history of non-conformist art processes and movements. The exhibition will also highlight the rich diversity of art that emerged and survived during the past forty years of the then Soviet Union and contemporary Russia.  
The artists featured in the exhibition include: 
Vitaly Komar & Alexander Melamid, Ilya Kabakov, Oleg Vassiliev, Oscar Rabin, Ernst Neizvestny, Eduard Gorokhovsky, Petr Belenok, Vladimir Nemukhin, Dimitri Krasnopevtsev, Francisco Infante, Eduard Shteinberg, Vyacheslav Kalinin, Mihail Chemiakin, Dmitri Plavinsky, Erik Bulatov, Vladimir Ovchinnikov, Leonid Sokov, Alexander Kosolapov, Leonid Lamm, Innessa Levkova-Lamm, Valery Koshlyakov, Asya Dodina & Slava Polishook, Vladimir Kupriyanov, Valera and Natasha Cherkashin, Alexander Zakharov, Igor Novikov, Genia Chef, Marina Karpova, Arsen Savadov, Andrei Volkov, Ivan Govorkov & Elena Gubanova, Olga Bulgakova, Alexander Sitnikov, Natalia Sitnikova, Anton Kandinsky, Katya Filippova, Edward Bekkerman, Anna Frants, Igor Molochevski, and Leonid Lazarev
The exhibition brings together paintings, sculpture, works on paper, photography, video and digital art.

The Kolodzei Art Foundation is lending paintings by Oleg Vassiliev to the exhibition Oleg Vassiliev: Space and Light at Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, 71 Hamilton Street, New Brunswick, NJ 08901, September 02, 2014 to December 31, 2014. 

The Kolodzei Art Foundation is lending works by Yuri Sobolev to the exhibition Isles of Yuri Sobolev at Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Ermolayevsky lane 17, Moscow, September 15, 2014 to November 9, 2014.

Alexander Zakharov Jonah, 1992


Oleg Vassiliev, Metro, 1961


Leonid Tishkov, 1993

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Concerning the Spiritual in Russian Art, 1965-2011.
Selections from the Kolodzei Art Foundation  from January 26 to June 9, 2013 at The Museum of Russian Art, 5500 Stevens Ave South, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55419. Opening reception on Saturday, January 26, 2013 from 5pm to 7:30pm. RSVP kolodzei@kolodzeiart.org . For more information click here for the press-release or visit TMORA Website.
The exhibition examines the intersections of artistic and religious consciousness that explore spiritual expression in the Soviet Union and Russia. this exhibition confronts the historical collisions of the sacred and secular, the conflict of government censorship and freedom of expression under the Communist regime.
Natalia Kolodzei Lecture at The Museum of Russian Art, Minneapolis on Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 6:30pm. Natalia Kolodzei will trace the historical and political situation in Russia and how they relate to the patronage and collection of art. She will also describe in depth the story and the history of the Kolodzei collection. Natalia Kolodzei will also give a gallery talk of Concerning the Spiritual in Russian Art, 1965-2011 on Thursday, May 23, 2013 – 11:00 A.M.  http://tmora.org/event/natalia-kolodzei-lecture-tmora/

Art of Oleg Vassiliev: Discovering 20th Century Russian Masters. The Museum of Russian Art, Minneapolis, Minnesota, August 14, 2011 - February 2012. For more information visit TMORA website

The Kolodzei Art Foundation lent Oleg Vassiliev painting Overcoming the Space, 1965 to the exhibition Authorized for Export from the USSR…
at Cultural Foundation "Ekaterina", Moscow. The show on view from June 22 until October 2, 2011.

The Kolodzei Art Foundation is lending artworks to the exhibition Hostages of Voids at the Tretyakov Gallery (Moscow) in conjunction with 4th Moscow Biennale. The show is on view from September 24 to November 13, 2011.

Concerning the Spiritual Tradition in Russian Art. Selections from the Kolodzei Art Foundation Collection of Russian and Eastern European Art. Curated by Natalia Kolodzei. Opening Reception on Thursday, April 14, 2011 from 6 to 8 pm at Chelsea Art Museum Home of Miotte Foundation 556 West 22nd Street (@ 11th AVE) New York City Museum hours: Tue - Sat 11am - 6pm Thursdays 11am - 8pm. On Saturdays, April 30, May 7, May 28, June 4, and June 11 at 4 pm gallery talks will be led by exhibition curator Natalia Kolodzei. Ms. Kolodzei, Executive Director of the Kolodzei Art Foundation and co-owner of the Kolodzei Collection, will discuss the artworks in this exhibition, as well as the history of Non-Conformist and contemporary Russian art from the time her mother, Tatiana Kolodzei, started their Collection in Moscow through today. Tours free with Museum admission. The reception is on Thursday, May 5, 6 to 9pm. 
On Thursday, June 2 from 6-8pm New Review Poetry Evening and Reception
(click here for more info). 
On Thursday, June 9 from 6-8pm SLOVOSFERA -
the literary, musical and visual evening with Gennady Katsov (text) and Julian Milkis (clarinet).

The exhibition continues through June 18, 2011. Click here for the press-release or visit www.chelseaartmuseum.org.


The Kolodzei Art Foundation presents: Dawn of Manned Space Exploration, Photographed by Leonid Lazarev at Russia World Forum, March 29-30, U.S. Senate, Washington DC and Russian Cultural Centre, Washington DC. The exhibition at Russian Cultural Centre continues through June 20, 2011.

The Kennan Institute and the Kolodzei Art Foundation present Moscow Grafika: Artists’ Prints 1961 – 2009. Selections from the Kolodzei Collection of Russian and Eastern European Art. The exhibit will be on view from March 12 to July 20, 2010 at the Woodrow Wilson Center, located at: 1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20004.There will be an opening reception on Friday, March 12, 2010 from 4 to 6PM. 
Moscow Grafika includes works in various mediums of printmaking, including linocut, etching, screenprint, monotype and lithography. Dating from 1961 through the present, the works represent trends in historic non-conformist art as well as traditional and digital mediums in printmaking by artists who worked or working in Moscow. Several generations of non-conformist and independent artists are represented in the exhibition, they include those who began their careers during Khrushchev’s "thaw" of the 1960’s and 1970’s who took part in the first unofficial exhibitions; artists who began working in the perestroika (late 1980's) and the post-perestroika periods; as well as artists who entered the scene more recently during the post-Soviet years. The project was first shown at the International Print Center New York in 2005. 
Artists represented in Moscow Grafika include Vagrich Bakhchanyan, Valeriy Gerlovin, Yuri Albert, Grisha Bruskin, Andrei Budaev, Ivan Chuikov, Andrei Filippov, Tatiana Levitskaia, Eduard Gorokhovsky, Alexander Kosolapov, Valentina Kropivnitskaia, Igor Makarevich, Marina Karpova, Sergei Mironenko, Mikhail Molochnikov, Georgii Litichevsky, Ernst Neizvestny, Victor Pivovarov, Dmitri Plavinsky, Aidan Salakhova, Oscar Rabin, Marina Telepneva, Leonid Tishkov, Yuri Sobolev, Leonid Sokov, Oleg Tselkov, Oleg Vassiliev, Vladimir Yankilevsky and Alexander Zakharov.

Valery Yershov, Immigrants

Valery Yershov


Kolodzei Art Foundation, and Barbarian Art Gallery by Natasha Akhmerova, in collaboration with Phenomena Project are pleased to present Valery Yershov: Lost Wanderings at White Box, 329 Broome Street, New York, New York. The exhibition will run from February 26 to March 11, 2010. Opening reception: Friday, March 5, 6:30 – 11 pm.click here for the press-release

Lost Wanderings traces the journey of New York-based Russian artist Valery Yershov into an ambivalent and ironic present. Yershov's paintings appeal to the viewer on both analytical and emotional levels while illuminating broad aspects of human experience. Artists, entrepreneurs, cowboys, historical figures and hippies are seen displaced from their usual environment and positioned among tree trunks of the forest. Over the past decade, Yershov's signature style has forged a delicate balance between dream and reality, theatricality, and absurdity, orchestrated with an acute attention to detail. 

Valery Yershov was born in 1960 in Yessentuki (located at the base of the Caucasus Mountains), Soviet Union , and studied at the Leningrad (now St. Petersburg) State Repin Academic Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture. Yershov then worked at the artists' community at Furmany Lane in Moscow (along with many widely recognized perestroika generation artists). Since 1989, Valery Yershov has lived and worked in New York

Yershov's imagery evokes a complex range of human emotions: danger, psychological discomfort, and hope. He does not depict leaves or branches on trees, thus depriving the forest of any temporal or seasonal changes; instead the permanence of nature as foregrounded in the outlines of rock-solid tall tree trunks is juxtaposed with the fragility and uncertainty of the individual, creating  an evocative contrast. Certain subjects imbued with biographical history can elicits nostalgic memories of Yershov's childhood; remnants of the Russian empire allude to the cultural and historical memory during the tumultuous times of the Soviet era. Each generation and diaspora creates a unique cultural heritage, but once an individual is placed into a new system, he or she may experience a sense of insecurity and fear of an unknown future, thus resulting in feelings of loss, displacement and wandering. By placing characters into this nonrealistic space, Yeshov highlights a unique subjective human essence.  

Natalya Kamentskaia

From Non-Conformism to Feminisms: Russian Women Artists from the Kolodzei Art Foundation.
Chelsea Art Museum - Home of the Miotte Foundation, 556 West 22nd Street, New York, NY 10011, November 13, 2008 – February 7, 2009. Opening Reception Tuesday, December 9, 2008, from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. click here for the press-release or visit http://chelseaartmuseum.org/
On Saturdays, January 24, 31, and February 7 at 3 pm, Gallery talks will be led by exhibition curator Natalia Kolodzei. Ms. Kolodzei, Executive Director of the Kolodzei Art Foundation and co-owner of the Kolodzei Collection, will discuss the artworks in this exhibition, as well as the history of Russian women artists, Non-Conformist and contemporary Russian art from the time her mother, Tatiana Kolodzei, started their Collection in Moscow through today. Tours free with Museum admission
The exhibition From Non-Conformism to Feminisms: Russian Women Artists from the Kolodzei Art Foundation is a selection from the Kolodzei Collection of Russian and Eastern European Art, and covers three generations, from the 1960’s to the present. The show includes work in many media - painting, works on paper, photography, and video. This exhibition is arranged thematically and features the work of emerging, mid-career and established artists. Twenty five artists, ranging in age from 30 to over 80, represent several stages in the evolution of non-conformist and independent art in Russia. The exhibition is a visual exploration of the development and accomplishments of women artists from Russia. The event is designed to generate public awareness of Russian women in art, and to empower women artists to pursue their calling.  
The first generation consists of artists who began their careers at the time of Khrushchevs “Thaw” of the 1950’s and took part in the first, crucial, unofficial exhibitions of the 1970’s, including Lydia Masterkova, Valentina Kropivnitskaya, and Rimma Gerlovina. The next generation includes artists who participated in the initial exhibitions and others who became involved in the early 1980’s, including Maria Elkonina,  Bella Levikova, Natalia Nesterova, Tatyana Nazarenko, Olga Bulgakova, Anna Birshtein, Marina Telepneva, Tatiana Levitskaia, Nadezhda Gaiduk and Valentina Lebedeva. The latest generation is made up of artists whose works date from post-perestroika and post-Soviet period from the late 1980's to the present, including Natalia Kamenetskaia, Alla Esipovich, Marina Koldobskaya, Marina Gertsovskaia, Tatiana Antoshina, Natalia Elkonina, Marina Karpova, Irina Salnikova, Anna Frants, Anna Brochet, Elena Kallistova and Natalia Sitnikova.

Komar and Melamid

Moscow - New York = Parallel Play. From the Kolodzei Art Foundation Collection of Russian and Eastern European Art. 
Chelsea Art Museum - Home of the Miotte Foundation, 556 West 22nd Street, New York, NY 10011, February 22 - May 17, 2008. Opening reception Wednesday, February 27, 6-9PM.  click here for the press-release or visit http://chelseaartmuseum.org/. National Center for Contemporary Art (NCCA), Zoologicheskaya 13, Moscow,  from October 16 to November 11, 2007. Opening reception on October 15, 2007 at 5:00 PM (click here for press-release in Russian language) or visit www.ncca.ru
Moscow - New York = Parallel Play: Selections from the Kolodzei Art Foundation Collection of Russian and Eastern European Art was shown at the National Centre for Contemporary Arts in Moscow in 2007 and, with its opening in New York, forms an art-meeting of the visual cultures. The exhibition highlights the artistic axis of the two cities, representing Russian artists living or working in these two art capitals and creating with their art an international context and distinctive intellectual plastic Russian "rhyme" in the art community. The works reflect the major current of Russian culture and describe the history of art processes and movements from the 1960s to the present. Moscow - New York = Parallel Play is a follow up to From Leningrad to St. Petersburg: Selections from the Kolodzei Collection, exhibited in 2003-04 at the Chelsea Art Museum in honor of the 300th Anniversary of the founding of St. Petersburg. There are 100 works by sixty artists presented in the show, including Petr Belenok, Eric Bulatov, Oleg Vassiliev, Rimma Gerlovina and Valeriy Gerlovin, Vagrich Bakhchanyan, Ilya Kabakov, Vitaly Komar and Alex Melamid, Leonid Lamm, Francisco Arana Infante, Dmitri Krasnopevtsev, Anatolii Slepyshev, Vladimir Nemukhin, Dmitri Plavinsky, Oscar Rabin, Eduard Shteinberg, Shimon Okshteyn, Natalia Nesterova, Olga Bulgakova, Igor Novikov, Valery Koshlyakov, Asya Dodina,  Slava Polishchuk, Alexander Zakharov, Sviatoslav Ponomarev, Tatiana Antoshina. 

 Alexander Sitnikov

Olga Bulgakova

Vadim Voinov. Kolodzei Collection






Eric Bulatov, Entrance, 1973

Asya Dodina and Slava Polishchuk, Dreams, 2004

Andrei Proletsky, Operating Room, 1998; 2004

Olga Bulgakova and Alexander Sitnikov. Paintings. Objects. State Russian Tretyakov Gallery, Krymsky Val 10, Moscow, November 2 - 25, 2007. Opening reception on November 1 at 4 PM. For more information visit www.tretyakov.ru

Olga Bulgakova and Alexander Sitnikov belong to the generation of artists beginning in the 1970s.  Their works have been exhibited widely in Russia, Europe and the United States and are in the permanent collections of major museums, including the State Russian Museum and the State Tretyakov Gallery. This is the first joint retrospective exhibition for the couple. In conjunction with this exhibition, Olga Bulgakova (ISBN: 9780975482964) and Alexander Sitnikov (ISBN: 9780975482988) have been published in both English and Russian languages. These books include essays by Alexander Borovsky, Barbara Thiemann, Natalia Kolodzei, Alexander Rozhin and Natalia Sitnikova.





Shimon Okshteyn. Dialogue with Objects. Contemporary Art Center MARS (Pushkarev Pereulok 5, Moscow) from May 17 to June 17, 2007 and at State Russian Museum (Marble Palace, Millionnaya str., 5/1, Saint Petersburg) from July 26, 2007 to September 3, 2007. Opening reception on July 26 at 4 PM.
A 336 page hard cover book with introduction by Evgenia Petrova and essays by Charlotta Kotik, Donald Kuspit, José Pierre, Natalia Kolodzei, and Jenifer Borum is published to accompany Shimon Okshteyn: Dialogue with Objects by Palace Editions, the publishing house of the State Russian Museum.  The book documents Shimon Okshteyn’s artistic development from his early Russian period through a 25- year career in the United States.  The book is published in both English and Russian languages and is the first comprehensive reference publication on the artist.  ISBN: 9783938051801

Vadim Voinov. The State Hermitage under a Full Moon.
General Staff Building, the State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg. October 25, 2005 - April 24, 2006.
The exhibition has been organized by The State Hermitage Museum, in the collaboration with the Kolodzei Art Foundation (USA), Atellier II Gallery of Art (Moscow), Kultur Kontakt Foundation (Vienna , Austria), Pechatny Dvor Printers (St. Petersburg), Dean Publishers (St. Petersburg) and Free Culture Foundation (St. Petersburg). 
Vadim Voinov was born 1940 in   Leningrad  (now   St. Petersburg) and lives and works in  St. Petersburg  . In his works, Voinov uses a technique he himself created--functional collage--intended to reconstruct the history of Czarist, revolutionary, Soviet and contemporary   Russia.  In the 1960’s and 1970’s Voinov studied the history of early   St. Petersburg  architecture.  An art historian himself, he published articles and undertook archeological expeditions.  His devotion to archeology and understanding of the significance of each object introduced into his work a historical significance.  He developed functional collage beginning in 1979.  The objects used in Voinov’s works acquire a new historical meaning.  Voinov’s works are laconic in their composition.  
For this installation Voinov chose the unrenovated interiors of the General Staff Building on
  Palace Square  .  The exhibition consists of collages and installations made of authentic found objects on themes connected with the newest history of   Russia  .  There are 73 works represented in the exhibition, installed in five rooms.  Each group of collages and separate installations are thematically connected and titled:  Red Wall; Circle-The father of a square; The Viennese Set; and others. The installation of the exhibition is an artwork in itself.
The catalogue for the exhibition includes 17 essays with 110 illustrations.  Each copy of the catalogue is marked by an original, unique object: a stamp from the 1920’s-1940’s with the image of a soldier (“Voinov” can be translated into English as “soldier”).  The catalogue is published in Russian and English.

 For more information visit: www.hermitagemuseum.org


Works on Paper: Soviet and Russian Art 1955-2005 from the Kolodzei Collection of Russian and Eastern European Art. Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, 2900 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, New York. January 18 - March 31, 2006. Curatorial Talk and reception on Tuesday, February 28, 2006 from 5:30 to 7:30 PM
Artists represented in Works on Paper include Vagrich Bakhchanyan, Petr Belenok, Leonid Berlin, Borukh (Boris Shteinberg), Andrei Budaev, Eric Bulatov, Valeryi Gerlovin , Eduard Gorokhovsky, Nonna Goriunova, Marina Karpova, Vyacheslav Koleichuk, Komar & Melamid, Leonid Lamm, Tatiana Levitskaia, Igor Makarevich, Mikhail Molochnikov, Ernst Neizvestny, Scherer & Ouporov, Valerii Pianov, Victor Pivovarov, Dmitri Plavinsky, Asya Dodina & Slava Polishchuk , Oscar Rabin, Alexandre Sitnikov, Natalia Shibanova, Anatolii Slepyshev, Yuri Sobolev, Marina Telepneva, Oleg Tselkov, Oleg Vassiliev, Lusia Voronova, Vladimir Yakovlev, Vladimir Yankilevsky, Alexander Zakharov, and Anatolii Zverev.

Historic MADI: Its Roots. Artists from Russia through Uruguay to Argentina in 20th Century. MADI Museum, 3109 Carlisle Street, Dallas, Texas. The opening reception on Friday, February 17, 2006 from 5:30 to 8:00 PM. 
Artists represented in Historic MADI. Artists from Russia through Uruguay to Argentina in 20th Century include El Lissitzky, Iakov Chernikhov, Alexandra Exter, Liubov Popova, Andrei Proletsky, Leonid Borisov, Alexander Rodchenko, Varvara Stepanova, Kazimir Malevich, Valentina Lebedeva-Lesin, Ilya Chashnik, Nikolai Suetin, Leonid Borisov, Leonid Lamm, Vyacheslav Koleichuk, San San (Alexander Karasev), Mikhail Molochnikov, Gennadii Zubkov, and Eduard Shteinberg.
For more information visit: www.madimuseumdallas.org
Lecture: Wednesday, May 3, 2006 7:00 p.m. and Thursday, May 4, 2006 at noon
Lectures are free. Optional lunch $7.00 Tatiana Kolodzei and her daughter, Natalia Kolodzei, will talk about the challenges of collecting art during the Communist era. The Kolodzeis have published four books on Russian art and were recently named by Art and Antiques as among the top 100 collections in the United States. The collection started 40 years ago in Moscow at the height of the Cold War and now contains more than 7,000 works by over 300 artists. Many of the works in the Kolodzei Collection are by "Non-Conformist" artists trained in top art schools but who followed their own paths rather than that imposed by the State.

Dmitri Plavinsky, Bosporus Tortoise, 1969. Etching

Vladimir Yankilevsky, King of Darkness, 1975





Tatyana Nazarenko, End of Empire, 2003.


Moscow  Grafika: Artists' Prints 1961 – 2005. Selections from the Kolodzei Collection of Russian and Eastern European Art. September 13- October 22, 2005 at the International Print Center New York, 526 West 26th Street. The Opening Reception will be held on Thursday, September 22nd, 6-8 p.m. For more information click here (Adobe Reader required)
Artists represented in Moscow Grafika include Yuri Albert, Vagrich Bakhchanyan, Farid Bogdalov, Grisha Bruskin, Andrei Budaev, Olga Bulgakova, Ivan Chuikov, Andrei Filippov, Valeryi Gerlovin, Marina Gertsovskaia, Eduard Gorokhovsky, Ilya Kabakov, Marina Karpova, Komar & Melamid, Otari Kandaurov, Alexander Kosolapov, Lev Kropivnitsky, Valentina Kropivnitskaia, Leonid Lamm, Georgy Litichevsky, Igor Makarevich, Sergei Mironenko, Mikhail Molochnikov, Ernst Neizvestny,Victor Pivovarov, Dmitri Plavinsky, Oscar Rabin, Mikhail Roginsky, Scherer & Ouporov, Alexandre Sitnikov, Natalia Sitnikova Yuri Sobolev, Leonid Sokov, Marina Telepneva, Oleg Tselkov, Oleg Vassiliev, Vladimir Yankilevsky and Alexander Zakharov.
International Print Center, New York is located in Chelsea on 26th Street between 10th and 11th Avenues at 526 West 26th Street, Room 824. Hours are 11- 6 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday. For additional information call (212) 989-5090 or visit IPCNYs website
The exhibition was also presented at Russian Nights Festival in Los Angeles.

Perestroika + 20:
 Selections from the Kolodzei Collection of Russian and Eastern European Art. Harriman Institute, Columbia University , 420 West 118 Street, 12th floor, New York . September 28 to January 2006. Gallery Talk by Natalia Kolodzei, followed by a reception on Thursday, November 10 from  6-8 PM .
The exhibition Perestroika + 20:  Selections from the Kolodzei Collection of Russian and Eastern European Art features works by 21 artists from Russia. The works selected for the show construct a cultural image of   Russia    in the last 20 years by presenting work by a wide range of artistic trends.  Artists represented in Perestroika +20 include: Komar & Melamid, Eric Bulatov, Oleg Vassiliev, Natalia Nesterova, Taty ana Nazarenko, Eduard Shteinberg, Vladimir Nemukhin, Leonid Borisov , Olga Bulgakova, Marina Karpova, Marina Kolotvina, Valentina Lebedeva, Tati ana Levitskaia, Valerii Pianov, Alexander Sitnikov, Vladimir Ovchinnikov, Farid Bogdalov, Dimitry Gerrman, Vladimir Kanevsky, Alexander Kozhin, Alexander Ney , and Oleg Slepov.
For more information visit www.columbia.edu/cu/sipa/REGIONAL/HI/

Dmitri Krasnopevtsev

Oleg Vassiliev





Young American Artists of Today. Festival of American Contemporary Culture American Autumn in Moscow. Central House of Artists, Krymsky val, 10. Opening reception November 4 at 4 PM. Exhibition continues through November 27, 2005.
Bergen Museum of Art and Science, Paramus, New Jersey. Meet the Artists on Thursday, February 9, 2006 from 6 to 9PM Exhibition continues through March 11, 2006. For more information visit: www.theBergenMuseum.com.
Young American Artists of Today exhibition  is organized by the Stas Namin Centre and the Kolodzei Art Foundation, Inc. ( USA ) in cooperation with the Federal Agency for Culture and Cinematography of the Russian Federation . Curator of the exhibition Natalia Kolodzei. 
Photography, painting, sculpture, digital works, printmaking and video art – all of these traditional and contemporary techniques reflect the creative variety of American art. The artists featured in the show include Leigh Tarentino, Julian Montague, Megan Foster, Erik Wayne Patterson, Adam Stennett, Fiona Gardner, Michael Cambre, Jeph Gurecka, Jon-Paul Villegas, James Sheehan, Sean McDevitt, among others. Containing works dating from the last 5 years, the exhibition will explore ideas and trends in which young artists are working today in

The Kolodzei Art Foundation loaned several works, including Dmitri Krasopevtsev's "Still Life" (1958) to the exhibition Apartment Exhibitions: Yesterday and Today in conjunction with the First Moscow Biennale, 2005.


The Kolodzei Art Foundation, Inc., The State Tretyakov Gallery, and The State Russian Museum present Oleg Vassiliev: Memory Speaks (Themes and Variations) from January 27, 2005 to March 2005 at the State Russian Museum, Marble Palace, St. Petersburg, Russia. Opening of the exhibition on January 27 at 4 PM. 

The exhibition is accompanied by a 182 page book, Oleg Vassiliev: Memory Speaks (Themes and Variations), published by Palace Editions, the State Russian Museum, with essays by Amei Wallach, Andrew Solomon, Natalia Kolodzei, Ilya Kabakov, Eric Bulatov, Victor and Margarita Tupitsyn, and Oleg Vassiliev. 182 pp, 156 color plates, 13 color and 14 b/w documentary photographs.

Oleg Vassiliev was born in Moscow in 1931 and was one of the leading figures in the Russian "unofficial" art movement. Since 1990, the artist lives and works in New York.
In his art Vassiliev combines the traditions of Russian Realism of the 19th century with the Russian avant-garde of the beginning of the 20th century. Vassiliev’s principal themes, which were born while he was in Russia and continue to the present day, are his memories of home and houses, roads, forests, fields, friends and family.
Oleg Vassiliev: Memory Speaks (Themes and Variations) reflects the artist’s career from 1949 to the present day.
Please contact Natalia Kolodzei at Kolodzei@KolodzeiArt.org or visit Amazon.com

The Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, in cooperation
with the Kolodzei Art Foundation, presents
Finding Freedom: 40 Years of Soviet and Russian Art

Selections from the Kolodzei Collection of Russian and Eastern European Art

November 7, 2004 - January 2, 2005
Opening Reception, Saturday, November 6 at
7 – 9 PM

Komar and Melamid Lecture
with introduction by Natalia Kolodzei, Sunday, November 7 at 2PM
Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art
Tarpon Springs Campus of St. Petersburg
600 Klosterman Road
, Tarpon Springs , Florida

Petr Belenok. From the Kolodzei Art Foundation. October 4 - 31, 2004. Reception, Wednesday, October 6, 5-7 PM. Resnick Gallery, Long Island University, 1 University Plaza, Brooklyn, New York. The exhibition is part of the Mapping the Eastern European Diaspora: Ukraine. conference.

The Kolodzei Art Foundation, Inc., The State Tretyakov Gallery, and The State Russian Museum present Oleg Vassiliev: Memory Speaks (Themes and Variations) from September 30 to October 31, 2004 at the State Tretyakov Gallery, Krymsky val 10, Moscow.


The State Tretyakov Gallery and the Kolodzei Art Foundation, Inc. present Dmitri Plavinsky: A Retrospective this fall (September 24 - October 24, 2004) at the State Tretyakov Gallery, Lavrushensky pereulok 12, Moscow.

Moscow Museum of Modern Art, One Work Gallery, Kolodzei Art Foundation, Central Exhibition Hall "Manege" (St. Petersburg) and Flora-Moscow Commercial Bank present 
project by 
Sergey Kalinin and Farid Bogdalov 
Session of the Federal Assembly

at the Moscow Museum of Modern Art 
from September 16 - 30, 2004
Petrovka, 25, Moscow
at Central Exhibition Hall "Manege"
1, Isaakievskaya pl., St.-Petersburg
from February 25 - March 8, 2005.
The exhibition and accompanying publication are made possible by MegaFon-North-West, Saint-Petersburg and Flora-Moscow Bank (Moscow), with additional support: Kolodzei Art Foundation, Inc, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, One Work Gallery (Moscow), Central exhibition hall "Manege" (St. Petersburg) .
Please contact Natalia Kolodzei at Kolodzei@KolodzeiArt.org or Amazon.com ISBN 0-9754829-3-9

The Kolodzei Art Foundation, The Harriman Institute, The World Russia Forum, and the Moscow Museum of Modern Art present The Art Constitution, the Illustrated Constitution of the Russian Federation, a new book published in commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the Constitution of the Russian Federation.

April 21, 2004 from 6 PM to 8 PM at Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs, 420 West 118th Street, 6th Floor, Dag Hammarskjold Lounge, NYC
April 26, 2004 and April 29, 2004 in conjunction with World Russia Forum.

The "Art Constitution", the Illustrated Constitution of the Russian Federation, unites artists of different generations. More than 100 artists participated in the project of Ivan Kolesnikov, Sergei Denisov, and Petr Vois supported by the Moscow Museum of the Modern Art, S.Art Gallery, and the Kolodzei Art Foundation, Inc. The project, comprised entirely of works from the last 10 years, enables the viewer to trace the evolution and view the complete spectrum of contemporary Russian art through the illustration of each of the Constitution's Articles. The Art Constitution unites living artists who began their careers during Khrushchev’s Thaw and the artists who started their careers in the post-Soviet period, all of whom now enjoy the benefit and challenge of artistic freedom in the new Russia. It is important to note the individuality of each work, and of each artist, incorporated in this project. Almost all the artistic trends and movements of the second half of the 20th century are represented. These 137 illustrations represent different aspects of the Russian art and views of the Russian life.

Book: The Illustrated Constitution of the Russian Federation
Editors: Sergey Denisov, Ivan Kolesnikov, and Peter Voice
with essays by Zurab Tsereteli, Natalia Kolodzei, Ekaterina Dyogot, and Irina Kulik
Moscow: Alpha-Press, 2003 in collaboration with the Moscow Museum of Modern Art and the Kolodzei Art Foundation, Inc. (in Russian and English). 137 color illustrations; hard cover - 2,000 copies.
Please contact Natalia Kolodzei at Kolodzei@KolodzeiArt.org or visit Amazon.com

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