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«THIS IS NOT A BOOK: Dmitry Volkov Collection. The Story of a Man, His Art, and His Library»
Андрей Бартенев. Бартенев спасает землян (флаг)
Валерий Чтак. Шкловский
Виктор Пивоваров. Философская собака (из серии Философские тетради)
Павел Пепперштейн. Милый, не надо больше крови
Тимофей Радя. Я бы обнял тебя, но я просто текст
Date: November 28, 2019 — January 26, 2020
Venue: ММОМА Education Centre, 17 Ermolaevsky Lane

Curator: Fyodor Pavlov-Andreevich
Exhibition design: Katya Bochavar

The Moscow Museum of Modern Art, together with the SDV Arts & Science Foundation, presents an exhibition «This Is Not a Book: Dmitry Volkov Collection. The Story of a Man, His Art, and His Library,» where the viewing public will get their glimpse of two of the connoisseur’s collections: contemporary art and rare editions of philosophical texts.

The main focus of the project—the synthesis of art, philosophy, and science—defined the principles behind the exhibit’s structure and divided the collection of the SDV Arts & Science Foundation in two parts: rare editions of philosophical texts of the 17th through 20th centuries and works by Russian contemporary artists. Among them are performance artists, masters of mixed media, conceptual painters, photographers, and sculptors: Andrey Bartenev, Dmitri Gutov, Ivan Gorshkov, Vladimir Dubossarsky and Alexander Vinogradov, Konstantin Zvezdochetov, Dmitry Kavatga, Irina Korina, Andrey Kuzkin, Oleg Kulik, MishMash, Dmitry ::vtol:: Morozov, Gosha Ostretsov, Pavel Pepperstein, Viktor Pivovarov, Alexander Povzner, Timofei Radya, Leonid Sokov, Valery Chtak, and others. All of the «heroes» of the exhibit enter into a dialog with rare philosophical treatises of Bacon and Descartes, Kant and Hegel, Husserl and Wittgenstein, and other philosophers, all presented in the museum’s exhibit halls as artifacts.

Many art objects from Dmitry Volkov’s collection are connected with events in his life in one way or another. Therefore, the idea behind the exhibit was to invite visitors inside the collector’s consciousness, where everyone can trace the unbroken connection between philosophy and art—the two key media of human wisdom. Visitors will follow a detailed script, and their attention will be guided by an audio recording and lighting magic that brings specific objects out of the shadows. The exposition will be accompanied by an audio tour in which stories that connect the collector and his favorite works can be heard in the voice of artists, the curator, the collector, forming a live soundtrack to the exhibit.

The exhibit is accompanied by a parallel programme of meetings with artists whose works are presented in the MMOMA Education Centre, as well as discussions with philosophers about the meaning and development of philosophy in the contemporary world.

Dmitry Volkov is an entrepreneur, philosopher, art collector, and famous philanthropist. He supports a series of important projects in contemporary art: he is a patron of the Garage Museum and MMOMA, the chairman of the board of trustees of the Arsenal NCCA (Nizhny Novgorod), and one of the donors who gifted works by Russian artists to the Centre Pompidou in Paris as part of «Collection! Contemporary art in the USSR and Russia, 1950-2000.»


The SDV Arts & Science Foundation was created with the support of the international online holding SDVentures and its co-founder, Dmitry Volkov. The main interests of the Foundation are Russian contemporary art and analytical philosophy. The Foundation realises its own projects and supports initiatives of art figures, scientists, and leading cultural and scientific institutions. The Foundation’s activities are based on the principle of active collaboration with artists and scientists. In addition, on the initiative of Dmitry Volkov and Professor Vadim Vasiliev, the Moscow Centre for Consciousness Studies was founded in 2009, a scientific and research division within the philosophy department of Moscow State University.


ММОМА Education Centre is a platform for self-education, creative and social initiatives, and academic research which is located across the 5 floors of the Moscow Museum of Modern Art at 17 Ermolaevsky Lane. Here there are two exhibit halls, a library, an art studio for visitors of all ages, a bookstore, and a cafe.


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