• Yuri Albert
  • Nikita Alexeev
  • Yuri Avvakumov
  • Konstantin Batynkov
  • Alexei Politov and Marina Belova
  • Alexander Brodsky
  • Alexei Buldakov
  • Olga Chernysheva
  • Vladimir Dubossarsky & Alexander Vinogradov
  • Andrei Filippov
  • Dmitri Gutov
  • AES+F Group
  • Alexei Kostroma
  • Julia Milner
  • MishMash project (Misha Leikin & Masha Sumnina)
  • Andrei Molodkin
  • Nikolai Polissky
  • Alexander Ponomarev
  • Sergei Shutov
  • Haim Sokol
  • Vladimir Tarasov
  • Rostan Tavasiev
  • Leonid Tishkov
IT’D BE GREAT … 2008 (English version) 
Canvas, acrylic
180 x 150 cm 

Courtesy of the artist and the Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow

IT’D BE GREAT … 2008 (English version)
Canvas, acrylic
180 x 150 cm

Courtesy of the artist and the Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow

Yuri Albert

About works

Russian artist Yuri Albert, a Moscow Conceptualist who divides his time between Cologne and Moscow, presents the English-language version of his project 'I want to make a picture so everyone says 'Wow!'' (1986).
Here Albert realises the dream of conceptualism and contemporary art to become great and 'Real' art. Visual depiction can now never return to verbal gesture-aphorism, fixed in oil paints on the canvas in black and white.
Anticipating and/or annulling the public response (the WOW! of the masses) and scanning the 'horizon of expectation', Albert creates 'metapainting' through his reflections in pictures and installations on exhibition rituals and the nature of pictorial representation.

Anna Petrova


Yuri Albert
1959 born in Moscow
1974–77 studies at K. Arnold Studio, Moscow
1980 graduated from Pedagogical Institute, Moscow
Lives and works in Moscow and Cologne.

Selected Personal Exhibitions:
2008 Painting, Sculpture and Graphics. Stella Art Foundation, Moscow, Russia
Tales About Art. National Centre for Contemporary Art, Nizhny Novgorod Museum of Fine Arts, Russia
2007 Exhibition. Era Foundation, Moscow, Russia
2004 Painting. M&J Guelman Gallery, Moscow, Russia
1999 Selbstportrait mit geschlossenen Augen. Haus der Niederlande, Münster, Germany
1997 Le chef d’œvre inconnu. Hohenthal und Bergen Galerie, Munich, Germany
1996 Selfportrait With Closed Eyes. Centre of Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia
1995 Mami, schau, ein Künstler!, Hohenthal und Bergen Galerie, Cologne, Germany
1990 Yuri Albert. Krings-Ernst Galerie, Cologne, Germany
Three Artists – Two Generations” (with V. Zakharov and E. Steinberg). Staatsgalerie Heerlen, Netherlands
1989 Moscow Days. Galerie Hlavního Města Prahy, Staroměstská radnice, Prague, Czech Republic
1988 Fragments of the Moscow Underground (with V. Zakharov). Taidehalli, Helsinki, Finland

Selected Group Exhibitions:
2008 Total Enlightment. Moscow Conceptual Art 1960–1990. Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt am Main, Germany; Fundación Juan March, Madrid, Spain
Kandinsky Prize. Latvian Railway History museum, Riga, Latvia; Palazzo Italia, Berlin, Germany
2007 I Believe. Winzavod, Moscow, Russia
Thinking Realism. State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia
Heterotopias. 1st Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art, State Museum of Contemporary Art, Salonika, Greece
Adventures of Black Square. State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia
2006 Artists Against the State: Perestroika Revisited. Ronald Feldman Gallery, New York, USA
2005–2006 Collage in Russia. The 20th Century. State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia
2005 Accessories. Collective and Interactive Works in Russian Art 1960-2000. State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia
Allusive Form: Painting as Idea. Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, New Jersey, USA
Russian Pop-Art. State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia
Angels of History. Moscow Conceptualism and Its Influence. Muhka. Antwerp, Belgium
Essence of Life – Essence of Art. Ludwig Museum, Budapest, Hungary; State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia
2004 Einladung zur Hinrichtung. Galerie Schüppenhauer, Cologne, Germany
2003 Moscow-Berlin/Berlin-Moscow 1950–2000. Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, Germany, State Historical Museum, Moscow, Russia
Moskauer Konzeptualismus. Sammlung H. G. Oroschakoff & Sammlung, Verlag und Archiv V. Zakharov, Kupferstichkabinett, Berlin, Germany
2002 Die russische Avantgarde und Paul Cézanne. Gustav-Lübke-Museum, Hamm, Germany
MM (Moscow Minimalism). Art Frankfurt, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
2001–2002 2000+Arteast Collection: The Art of Eastern Europe in Dialogue with the West. Moderna galerija, Ljubljana, Slovenia; Orangerie Congress, Innsbruck, Austria; ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany
2001 Russian Abstraction of XX century. State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia
Das rote Haus. Zeitgenossische russische Kunst aus der Sammlung Bierfreind. Städtische Galerie, Bietigheim-Bissingen, Städtische Galerie Willa Zanders, Bergisch-Gladbach, Germany
2000 Bons baisers de Russie. Espase EDF-Bazacle, Toulouse, France
1999 Le Fou dedouble. L’idiotie comme strategie contemporaine. Central Artist‘s Union Hall, Moscow, Russia; Château d’Oiron, Oiron, France
1998–2001 Modernism and Post-Modernism: Russian Art of the Ending Millennium. The Yager 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 Centre and Museum, Washington, DC, Willington B. Gray Gallery, School of Art, East Carolina University, Greenville, South Carolina, USA
1998 11th Tallinn Print Triennale. Tallinn, Estonia
Black Square. Galerie Hohenthal und Bergen, Berlin, Germany
1997 III International Biennale Cetinje, Montenegro
1995–96 Flug, Entfernung, Verschwinden - konzeptuelle Moskauer Kunst. Haus am Waldsee, Berlin, Stadtgalerie im Sophienhof, Kiel, Germany; Galerie Hlavního Města Prahy, Prague, Czech Republic
1995 Kunst im verborgenen. Nonkonformisten Russland 1957–1995. Wilhelm-Hack-Museum, Ludwigshafen, Documenta-Halle, Kassel, Staatliches Lindenau Museum, Altenburg, Germany
in Moskau... in Moskau... Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe, Germany
1994 Fluchtpunkt Moskau. Ludwig Forum, Aachen, Germany
II International Biennale Cetinje, Montenegro
1992–93 a Mosca... a Mosca... Villa Campoleto, Herculaneum, Galleria Comunale d’Arte Moderna di Bologna, Bologna, Italy
III International Istanbul Biennale, Istanbul, Turkey
1991–93 Perspectives of Conceptualism. The University of Hawaii Art Gallery, Honolulu, Clocktower Gallery, P.S.1, New York, North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
1991 Artistos Russos Contemporaneos. Auditorio de Galicia, Santiago de Compostela, Spain
40 Moskauer Kuenstler im Frankfurter Karmelitenkloster. MANI Museum, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
1990 Made in Furmanny. City Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
In de USSR en Erbuiten. Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands
The Work of Art in the Age of Perestroika. Phyllis Kind Gallery, New York, USA
Erosion: Soviet Art from the P. Halonen Collection. Amos Anderson Museum, Helsinki, Finland
UdSSR Heute–Soviet Art from the Ludwig Collection. Neue Galerie–Sammlung Ludwig, Aachen, Germany; Musee d’Art Moderne, Saint-Etienne, France
1989–90 10 + 10. Contemporary Soviet and American Art. Fort Worth MAM, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo; Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, USA

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