• 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
Celestial Forces of the Iron City. 2008 
barbed wire installation.
540 x 460 cm, size variable 
Courtesy of the artist and the Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow

Celestial Forces of the Iron City. 2008
barbed wire installation.
540 x 460 cm, size variable
Courtesy of the artist and the Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow

Sergei Shutov

About works

Barbed wire was invented by American farmers in 1874 as an inexpensive way to mark the boundaries of grazing land. The manufacture of barbed wire was almost immediately measured in six-figure sums (in pounds) and if you calculated the length of barbed wire produced since then, the total would be an astronomical figure reaching from the Earth to the Sun. In the 20th century it was largely people rather than cattle that found themselves behind barbed wire: army conscripts, prisoners of war, convicts, internees, secret detainees…

In all these varied usages barbed wire is a definition of terrestrial boundaries.

A town built by Gulag convicts and guarded by Ministry of Defence units, Zheleznogorsk (also known as 'Zakolyuchinsk' or 'Behind the Wire') produces weapon-grade plutonium and sputnik satellites. The sputniks, by-products from the manufacturing process and the workforce themselves are also guarded. With the aid of barbed wire, of course. Artist Sergei Shutov has made a creative expedition to Zheleznogorsk and uses barbed wire as the traditional artist might use 'pen and Indian ink'. Shutov wields the barbed wire that inspires genetic fear in both man and beast to portray the celestial products of this closed city: sputniks and rockets that transfer terrestrial boundaries to space.

Yuri Avvakumov


Sergey Shutov
1955 born in Potsdam, Germany
Lives and works in Moscow.

Selected Personal Exibitions:
2007 Elevation. Krokin Gallery, Moscow, Russia
2006 Icastica. Michela Rizzo Gallery, Venice, Italy
2005 Zukunfstroman 1. Atelier Am Eck, Dusseldorf, Germany
The Major Project (workshop). Lisa Plavinskaya's Gallery, Art Strelka Cultural Center, Moscow, Russia
Sergey Shutov (from private collections). Contemporary Art Collectors' Gallery, Art Strelka Cultural Center, Moscow, Russia
The Major Project (Russian Melancholy of Suzy Wong). Suzy Wong Gallery, Moscow, Russia
Abacus at the Wapping Project. London, England
2004 Instead of Minotaurus. XL Gallery, Moscow, Russia
2003 Sky…Sky… Aidan Gallery, Moscow, Russia
Carpet-Hydrangea. State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia
2001 ABACUS. 49th Venice Biennale of Contemporary Art, Russian Pavilion, Venice, Italy
Nimbus, Aidan Gallery, Moscow, Russia
1990 Sergey Shutov. Painting. Helen Drutt Gallery, New York, USA

Selected Group Exhibitions:
2007 History of Russian Video Art. Volume 1. Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow, Russia
I Believe, 2nd Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art. Winzavod, Moscow, Russia
2006 Russia! Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain
Time of Changes. Art Between 1960-1985 in Soviet Union. State Russian Museum,St. Petersburg, Russia
Messages from Moscow Artists. HELIOS Fukuno Creative Cultural Center, Norito, Japan
New in Collection. National Center for Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia
Soviet Alternative Art (1956-1988) from the Costakis collections. State Museum of contemporary art, Salonika, Greece
2005 Art-Digital 2004. I Click, Therefore I Am. Contemporary art center M'ARS, Moscow, Russia
Accomplices. State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia
Behind the Red Horizon. National Center for Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia
Actual Mobilography. Zurab Tsereteli Fine Art Gallery, Moscow, Russia
International Biennale of Contemporary Art. National Gallery - Veletrzny palac, Prague, Czech Republic
Russian Pop Art. State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia
2004 Na kurort! Russische Kunst Heute, Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, Baden-Baden, Germany
New Acquisitions. National Center for Contemporary Art (NCCA), Moscow, Russia
2003 Neue Ansatze–Zeitgenossische Kunst aus Moskau, Kunsthalle Dusseldorf, Dusseldorf, Germany
2002 Synopsis II-Theologies. National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens, Greece
Abacus. Sharlottenborg Udstillingsbygning, Copenhagen, Denmark
2001 Abstract Art in Russia. The 20-th Century. State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia
2000 Aidan Gallery Artists' Group Show in the New Gallery Space. Aidan Gallery, Moscow,Russia
Vienna Biennale, Vienna, Austria
1998 Russian Landscape at the End of XX Century. Galerie des Fondation Initiative Russe pour la culture, Geneva, Switzerland
1997 III Cetinjski Bijenale. Cetinje, Montenegro
Photo Exhibition. New Academy of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, Russia; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Nonconformist Art. Mucsarnok, Budapest, Hungary
1996 Silk-Screens of Art. Nirniran Gallery, Washington, USA
Silk-Screens from Russia. Mimi Ferzt Gallery, New York, USA
1995 Kunst im verborgenen. Nonconformisten Russland 1957-1995. Wilchelm-Hack Museum, Ludwigshafen, Documenta-Halle, Kassel, Staatliches Museum, Altenburg, Germany
1994 Arte Contemporanea dalla Collezione della Federazione della Cooperative Migros. Museo Cantonale d'Arte, Lugano, Switzerland
1993 Multi-Media Festival. Finland
Livres d'artistes russes et sovietiques. 1910-1993. Espace Vesere, Ouserge, France
1992 3rd International Istanbul Biennale, Istanbul, Turkey
1990–1991 5+1 Artists from Moscow. Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporânea, Lisbon, Portugal
1990 Contemporary Soviet Painters. Showroom, London, England
L. Tabenkin, A. Nassedkin, E. Dybsky, A. Medvedev, S. Shutov. Contemporary Art Museum, Porto, Lisbon, Portugal
1989–1990 10+10. Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York, Milwaukee Art Museum, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, USA
1989 Moscow to London. Thumb Gallery, London, England
XXI Festival des Arts. Cannes, France
Furmanny Zaulek. Dawne Zaklady Norblina, Warsaw, Poland
Glasnost. Henri Nannen Assembli, Kunsthalle Emden, Emden, Germany
Soviet Artists. Kostaki's Gallery, Athens, Greece
XX Century Masters' Paintings. Katherine Charbonneau, Paris, France
1988 Contemporary Soviet Artists. Studio Iaanini, Milan, Italy
Zatulovskaya, Infante, Dybsky, Shutov. Kaj Forsblom Gallery, Helsinki, Finland
The New Russians. Palace of Science and Culture, Warsaw, Poland

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