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Extended talk: Boris Klyushnikov. Introduction to the Philosophy of Alain Badiou

2nd Garage Triennial of Russian Contemporary Art
A Beautiful Night for All the People
9–10 October 2020


Art historian, critic, and lecturer Boris Klyushnikov continues his course on contemporary aesthetics and its philosophical and critical influences as part of the public program for the 2nd Garage Triennial of Russian Contemporary Art.

Along with Slavoj Žižek and Quentin Meillassoux, Alain Badiou is a key figure of the 1989 revolution in philosophy—a phenomenon that grew out of the critique of post-Heideggerian philosophy and insisted on the possibility of speaking about the subject, the truth, and the absolute while considering the poststructuralist critique of those notions.

Alain Badiou’s project is based on a mathematical apparatus (the theory of multiplicities). Boris Klyushnikov will explain who philosophers write their books for and how philosophical knowledge can be applied in art and everyday life. He will discuss Badiou’s key work Being and Event, his opposition to the older generation philosopher Gilles Deleuze, and the connections between his event theory, Adorno’s negative dialectics, and China’s cultural revolution.

The extended talk will continue for 1 hour and 45 minutes. After that, the audience is welcome to join a critical discussion of the talk.


Boris Klyushnikov is a curator and contemporary art theorist, lecturer at Rodchenko Art School and BAZA Institute in Moscow. He has worked at the National Centre for Contemporary Art (Moscow), taught at the Department of Cinema and Contemporary Art of the Russian State University for the Humanities (Moscow), and organized a laboratory of art criticism at Winzavod Center of Contemporary Art (Moscow).

BKB Group (founded in 2019) re-enact artworks, stage performances, and reconstruct public events using various methods of teamwork and experimental communication inside the collective.


Free admission with advance registration.

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