Book launch. Exhibitionist by Pavel Pepperstein


From 08 November 2020




New Stage of the Alexandrinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg
Book launch. Exhibitionist by Pavel PeppersteinBook launch. Exhibitionist by Pavel Pepperstein


Pavel Pepperstein’s new book of forty-five chapters covers the artist’s childhood, adolescence, and adulthood—as they were or as they could have been.

Exhibitionist is a chronologically organized collection of literary memoirs written and carefully assembled into a novel over several years. Stories based on Pepperstein’s memories of childhood, coming of age, and becoming an artist; meditations on creativity, art, and life in general; descriptions of love adventures and incredible journeys are intertwined with extravagant fictional episodes. The book features rare photographs and pictures from the artist’s personal archive.

The book will be introduced by its author, Pavel Pepperstein, together with poet, artist, and literary critic Natasha Romanova.


Pavel Pepperstein lives and works in Moscow. He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague from 1985 to 1987 and was one of the founders of the group Inspection Medical Hermeneutics (1987–2001). In 1989, he began to work as an independent artist, writer, critic, and rapper. Solo exhibitions include: The Human as a Frame for the Landscape (Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow, 2019); The Future Enamored with the Past, Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow (2015); Pavel Pepperstein, Kunstmuseum Basel (2006); Gods and Monsters, Neuer Aachener Kunstverein, Aachen (2002); and Portrait of an Old Man (with Ivan Dmitriev), State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg (1997). Group exhibitions include: 1st Garage Triennial of Russian Contemporary Art, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow (2017); Manifesta 10, State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg (2014); Ostalgia, New Museum, New York (2011); Russian Pavilion, 53rd Venice Biennale, Venice (2009); 26th São Paulo Art Biennial, São Paulo (2004); Moscow–Berlin / Berlin–Moscow, 1950–2000, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, State Historical Museum, Moscow (2003–2004); and Kunst im Verborgenen. Nonkonformisten Russlands 1957–1995, Wilhelm-Hack-Museum, Ludwigshafen am Rhein, documenta-Halle, Kassel, Lindenau-Museum, Altenburg (1995). He is the author of the books An Old Man’s Diet (1997), Mythogenic Love of Castes (1999), Spring (2010), A Prague Night (2011), and The Age of Theme Parks (2017), and Fields in Bloom (2020). In 2014, he was awarded the Kandinsky Prize for Project of the Year.

Natasha Romanova is a poet, artist, and critic. Author of nine books of poetry, laureate of the Gennady Grigoriev poetry prize (for which she was the nominator and jury member on many occasions in the 2010s), winner of the National Bestseller award. She is a philologist and neurophysiologist, creator of her own school of literacy and the Without Rules methodics of teaching literate writing, and author of the bestseller Ideal Literacy. Russian Language without Rules and Dictionaries.


Free admission.