Family Tree of Russian Contemporary Art. Lecture 12. Vitaliy Patsukov on Valery Koshlyakov

Lecture Cycle: The Family Tree of Russian Contemporary Art
18 September 2015


The last talk from The Family Tree of Russian Contemporary Art  course of lectures will be dedicated to Valery Koshlyakov, one of the leading artists of 2000s. 

Valeriy Koshlyakov’s art takes the viewer on a journey through time and space to recover the time of Titans and heroes. The historical and geographic span of his mythology unfolds into a straight line, a sequence of spaces filled with the shadows and contours of the Parthenon and the Fountain of Neptune, Mona Lisa and Caesar, the Сapitoline Hill and the Eiffel Tower.

Koshlyakov is a visionary who borrows his imagery from the collective unconscious, the myth of the Golden Age, reclaiming art from history. His works create a virtual culture living off the light of a dead star whose energy persists after it has vanished from the material world. His painting is a memory of a painting, existing and nonexistent at the same time, visible yet obscure, integrating reality and illusion.


Vitaly Patsukov is a curator, art historian, and Head of Interdisciplinary Programs at the National Center for Contemporary Art (NCCA). He has initiated several educational and research projects dedicated to the legacy of the avant-garde and contemporary art. He specializes in the history of relations between science, art, and the integrated forms of artistic consciousness.

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