George Kiesewalter. The Artist-Collector
Date: July 27 — August 27, 2023
Venue: MMOMA Education Center (17 Ermolayevsky Lane)

Curated by: Olga Turchina

The Moscow Museum of Modern Art is proud to introduce The Artist-Collector, a project by George Kiesewalter telling a story of one artist’s life, work and unusual collection.

George Kiesewalter, a member of the Moscow conceptualist movement working across painting, photography, installation and performance, turns to the ‘artist-character’ technique in his new project. The plot of the project revolves around a fictional ‘artist and stamp collector’ who decided to combine the almost forgotten images of Soviet ideology epitomized in postage stamps, envelopes and postcards with modernist ideas.

The ‘artist’ begins his work by transforming postage stamps and creating new postage signs. While working on the project, the protagonist gradually assimilates the images and turns to rebranding old ideological clichés. As a result, having produced a whole ‘collection’ of works reinterpreting the emblematic images of Soviet agitprop, the ‘artist’ decided to display it in the museum.

The exhibition includes more than 60 paintings and graphic works, a video film, the Collector installation, and artifacts from the Museum of Russian Post and the Moscow Post Office. George Kiesewalter has been working on The Artist-Collector project for more than 10 years. All works are exhibited for the first time.

The Artist-Collector project is held at the MMOMA Educational Center as part of the research exhibition programs and continues the museum’s strategy of exploring Russian art. The exhibition also includes an education program.

About the Artist
George Kiesewalter was born in 1955 in Moscow. He is a member of the Moscow Conceptualist movement and a co-founder of the Collective Actions art group. His works appear in the collections of the State Tretyakov Gallery, the Moscow Museum of Modern Art, the Garage Museum of Modern Art, the Multimedia Art Museum, the Pompidou Center, the Zimmerli Museum (USA) and other Western institutions, as well as in private collections.

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