Artist talk by Arseny Zhilyaev


From 10 November 2017




Garage Auditorium
Artist talk by Arseny ZhilyaevArtist talk by Arseny Zhilyaev


In his lecture, artist and curator Arseny Zhilyaev will talk about the transformation of his research interests and the formation of his creative method, through the prism of personal biography.

The artist’s practice started in Moscow in the early 2000s, when he founded the fictional Institute of Border Investigations, whose activity included projects deriving from the mutual practice of the “Voronezh wave” artists, such as Ivan Gorshkov, Nikolay Alekseev, and Ilya Dolgov. That period was a time of active institutionalization and the development of commercially successful art projects. The art of Arseny Zhilyaev, on the contrary, suggested an alternative approach in the form of self-organization and artistic control over the exhibition context.

Parallel to that, Zhilyaev’s works began politicization. By appropriating the figural language of the historic avant-garde, he reflects on alternate ways for his artistic growth, with the resulting projects of this creative pursuit coming into being in the late 2000s and early 2010s: in these works, Zhilyaev starts using exhibitions and museums as his mediums. The next stage of his career is marked by work on a series of projects devoted to contemplation focusing on the role of art and the philosophy of Russian cosmism. During his talk, Arseny Zhilyaev will reveal more about the achievements of his theoretical and practical research in this field.



Arseny Zhilyaev (b. 1984, Voronezh; lives and works in Moscow and Venice) is an artist, theorist, and curator. His artistic research interests and methods shifted from critical appropriation of the language of modernist abstraction to investigating models borrowed from the legacy of Marxist museology in order to look at the broader understanding of the museum in the tradition of Russian cosmism. He has been awarded the Innovation Prize (Russia, 2010) and the Soratnik Prize (Russia, 2011, 2012). In 2013, he was nominated for the Visible Award (Italy). His work has been shown at the Ljubljana Triennale (2016) and at recent biennials in Gwangju (2016), Liverpool (2016), and Lyon (2015).


Free admission with advance registration