Date: June 25 — September 19, 2021
Venue: Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Gogolevsky 10


Curated by Alexey Maslyaev

Moscow Museum of Modern Art and Smart Art are proud to present an ambitious solo exhibition of Arseny Zhilyaev — The Monotony of The Pattern Recognizer. The project is made possible by the support of the general sponsor, Promsvyazbank PAO, and OST Group. The exhibition will feature over 100 specially commissioned works, continuing the speculative investigation into the possibilities of the museum exhibition as the most accessible vehicle for achieving immortality today.

Alexey Maslyaev: «The Monotony of the Pattern Recognizer is a non-fiction mystification that functions as a perfect simulation of an improbable event, inviting the audience to take an imaginary journey through space-time to the edge of the Universe. Would the audience dare to go all the way in this gripping quest? The white rabbit is already disappearing, albeit into the wormhole, rather than the rabbit hole. The adventure is about to begin».

The Institute for Mastering of Time has released the following shipping documents:

The TENET cargo spacecraft spent almost 12,600 years drifting in the void of outer space: due to navigational malfunctions it lost all contact with Earth. Repurposed by the onboard flight recorders as ‘free search time’, the extended mission resulted in an unprecedented collection of human art prehistory, presented in exhibition interface schemes. Upon discovery, TENET was recognised as a unique self-learning system, rightfully considered a pioneer of the Algonautic movement and a pivotal source of information on the final phase of work on the optimisation of time.

It is believed that the spacecraft turned to the scientific study of the prehistory of human art to compensate for the lack of computation power required to re-establish a version of the Universe in which planet Earth ’could be reached out to’. Researchers identified the seminal artifact of the collection: an ancient musical manuscript written in what was later identified as Old Russian 2335, with a Sator Square on the cover. Thus one of the oldest known boustrophedons provided a reference point for a series of TENET’s experiments and eventually facilitated the configuration of an archive of possible invariants of the prehistory of art amounting to over 5,000,000 gigabytes, currently stored at the Institute for Mastering of Time, an institution spearheading research in materials discovered in the spacecraft’s flight data records. The Monotony of The Pattern Recognizer exhibition held at MMOMA (Moscow, Russia) in 2020 is the premiere of TENET’s legacy in the 2020KERP sector.

Notes to editors:

Arseny Zhilyaev (b. 1984 in Voronezh) is an artist based in Moscow and Venice. His projects examine the legacy of Soviet museology and the aesthetic of Russian cosmism. He investigates the potential scenarios of future art histories using exhibitions as a medium. Artist’s solo shows were held at the Tretyakov Gallery (Moscow, 2012), Kadist (Paris / San Francisco) and V-A-C (Moscow / Venice 2015), Winzavod centre for contemporary art (Moscow, 2017). Zhilyaev’s work was shown at the Manifesta 13 in Marseille (2020) and at biennials in Lyon (2015), Liverpool (2016), Gwangju (2016) and Thessaloniki (2017). He is the winner of the national Innovation award for the best artist of the new generation (2010) as well as the Soratnik (‘companion’) prize (2011, 2012). Arseny edited the Avant-Garde Museology collection of articles (e-flux classics and V-A-C, 2015) and co-founded the Moscow Centre for Experimental Museology.

Alexey Maslyaev (b. 1985) is a curator and educator, Head of Research and Methodology at the Education Department of the Moscow Museum of Modern Art (MMOMA) and curator of the Cosmoscow Foundation for Contemporary Art (Moscow). His curatorial background includes a wide range of shows across Russia: junk (MMOMA, Moscow, 2010), Supportive Actions (ArtPlay, Moscow, 2010), I’ve Always Known that We’d Meet (Arthouse Squat Forum, Moscow, 2011), Let Me Be Part of a Narrative (Paperworks gallery, Moscow, 2012), No Water Tomorrow (MMOMA, Moscow, 2013 / Ural Centre for Contemporary Art, Yekaterinburg, 2014), History Demands to Be Continued (Dagestan Art Union salon, Makhachkala, 2013), Museum Images (MMOMA, Moscow, 2014/15), If My Way — No way (MMOMA, 2016), Preservation Instinct (Fragment gallery, Moscow, 2017), Cloud Caught on a Mountain (MMOMA, Moscow, 2017/2018), Everything Fountain (MMOMA, 2019), Continuous Function (MMOMA, Moscow, 2019), Things (Anna Nova gallery, St. Petersburg, 2020). Alexey was nominated for the national Innovation award (best curatorial project, for No Water Tomorrow, and best regional project, for History Demands to Be Continued) and the Sergey Kuryokhin prize (best curatorial project, for No Water Tomorrow).

General sponsor

Promsvyazbank PAO (PSB) is a universal bank established in 1995, one of Russia’s 10 biggest finance companies by assets, a systemically important institution recognized by the Central Bank, a statutory bank for defense business and servicing government contracts. PSB provides a wide range of services for corporate and retail clients, notably military industrial companies as well as small and medium enterprises, including cash desk services, credit, savings and investment programmes, leasing and factoring transactions, payroll arrangements and online services. The bank has over 300 regional offices and about 9100 ATMs across Russia.

Smart Art is an art production and exhibition company established in 2016 by Anastasia Karneeva and Ekaterina Vinokurova. Smart Art invests in Russia’s local art scene and fosters its development in close collaboration with artists, institutions, collectors, and the society in general. Acting as a cultural institution in its own right, Smart Art accompanies artists through all production stages, from inception to exhibition. Smart Art takes care of fundraising, venue selection, legal backing, establishing contact between patrons and artists, attracting new audiences, and public programming. Smart Art runs a yearly grant program that subsidizes studios, materials, residencies and other practicalities for one of the artists in its portfolio. The company has an experience of over 10 successfully produced solo and group shows. The portfolio of artists includes such well-known names as Alexey Buldakov, Alexandra Galkina, Daria Irincheeva, Alexandra Paperno, Anastasia Potemkina, Alexander Povzner, Sergey Sapozhnikov, Sveta Shuvaeva, and Arseny Zhilyaev.


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