Book Presentation: Alexander Kronik, Visa to Another World. A Biography of the Artist Oskar Rabin


From 17 December 2021




Garage Auditorium
Book Presentation: Alexander Kronik, <i>Visa to Another World. A Biography of the Artist Oskar Rabin</i>Book Presentation: Alexander Kronik, <i>Visa to Another World. A Biography of the Artist Oskar Rabin</i>



Although there are other Oskar Rabin biographies available, Alexander Kronik’s Visa to Another World, published by Artguide Editions, is the first to portray the life of the nonconformist artist in full, from his youth in Latvia, becoming an artist in Lianozovo and participation in the Bulldozer Exhibition to emigration to Paris and death in Florence.

The book also includes an article about Rabin’s London exhibitions in the late 1960s, organized by gallerist Eric Estorick, an annotated catalogue of the artist’s early works on paper from the collection of Alexander Kronik, and a comprehensive biographical dictionary. It is illustrated with photographs by Igor Palmin, Vladimir Sychev, and the author and also includes Valentin Vorobiev’s caricatures of Moscow art world figures, published here for the first time.

During the presentation Alexander Kronik, art historian Mikhail Kamensky, and Garage Archive Collection curator Sasha Obukhova will discuss the role that Oskar Rabin played in the life of the art community, becoming the informal leader of Soviet nonconformist artists and promoter of resistance to the ideology imposed by the state.


Alexander Kronik is an art collector. He graduated in Law from Moscow State University in 1980 and worked as a lawyer from 1981 to 2018. In 1984, he met Anatoly Zverev and Dmitri Plavinsky and began to collect works by Moscow nonconformist artists, many of whom became his friends. Kronik's collection comprises over 700 paintings, drawings, sculptures, and objects by more than 50 artists, including works by Ilya Kabakov, Viacheslav Koleichuk, Dmitri Plavinsky, Vladimir Yakovlev, and Vladimir Yankilevsky. He is the founder of the Vladimir Yakovlev Foundation (1999–2013) and has organized a number of exhibitions in Moscow museums and galleries, including Oskar Rabin. Works on Paper 1950–1960s (Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow, 2013). In 2010, published a book about his collection, Svoy Krug ( and in 2014 produced the catalogue for the exhibition Sometimes a Dream is like Sight… In Memory of Vladimir Yakovlev (Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow, 2014), which he co-curated. In 2017, Kronik received the 5th Art Newspaper Russia Award in the Personal Contribution nomination for his donation of a Vladimir Yakovlev painting to Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris). He lived in Israel from 1990 to 2002 and currently lives in Moscow.

Mikhail Kamensky is an art historian and sociologist specializing in the history of private collecting and research into the provenance of artworks. He holds a Candidate of Philosophical Sciences degree and is a member of the Russian Academy of Arts. He lives and works in Moscow.

Sasha Obukhova is curator of Garage Archive Collection. She graduated in History and Theory of Art from Moscow State University in 1992 and studied in the Art History faculty of the Central European University (Prague) in 1993. From 1993 to 1996, she worked at the Institute of Contemporary Art (Moscow) and was senior researcher at the State Tretyakov Gallery (Moscow) from 1999 to 2003. In 2004, Obukhova co-founded the Art Projects Foundation, where she also established an archive of contemporary Russian art. From 2011 to 2012, she was head of education at the National Center for Contemporary Arts (Moscow). From 2012, she was Head of Research at Garage Museum of Contemporary Art and is currently the curator of Garage Archive Collection. She has written extensively on the history of Russian contemporary art. She lives and works in Moscow.


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