Plusch’s Theatre
Иван Плющ. 6 red balls. 2016.
Холст, акрил. 129х199 см. Courtasy pop_off_art gallery
Иван Плющ. Иллюзия страшнее реальности (совместно с Ириной Дрозд).
В рамках параллельной программы IV Московской международной биеннале молодого искусства. Арт-центр «Гридчинхолл». Москва. 2014
Иван Плющ. Картина №4. 2012.
Холст, акрил. 149х129 см. Courtasy pop_off_art gallery
Иван Плющ. Качели. 2018-2019.
Механизм бессмертия. Центр современного искусства «Арсенал». Нижний Новгород
Иван Плющ. Красная карточка. 2009.
Холст. авторская техника. 200х200 см. Courtasy pop_off_art gallery
Иван Плющ. Механизм бессмертия.
Центр современного искусства «Арсенал». Нижний Новгород. 2018-2019
Date: November 10, 2021 - April 10, 2022
Venue: Moscow Museum of Modern Art | 25 Petrovka Str.

Curated by: Dimitri Ozerkov

The Moscow Museum of Modern Art with the support of pop/off/art gallery presents the first retrospective exhibition of Ivan Plusch, covering the last fourteen years of work by one of the most brilliant artists of the post-Soviet generation. The exhibition includes more than 50 works from Russian and international private collections. Some works will be displayed for the first time. Paintings, sculptures and installations of different time periods, complemented by curatorial texts of Dimitry Ozerkov, will transform the exhibition space of the museum into a theater of the artist.

The title Plusch’s Theatre, suggested by the author himself, most accurately expresses the nature of his artistic practice — his paintings and installations, which are gaining momentum, often take on a theatrical appearance and transform the space of any exhibition in the same way that scenery complements the stage of a theater. «Plusch speaks sincerely about what really worries him — about the collapse of Soviet reality in his early works, about the disintegration of his own personality into the inner consciousness and the personality acquired from without, finally about time flowing around him and inevitably leading to the end,» writes project curator Dimitry Ozerkov.

The exposition in the MMOMA comprises 9 exhibition rooms, connected both chronologically and conceptually. The viewer will be introduced to key series of works by the artist, such as: Sculptures, Red Balls, Between Dream and Nightmare, reconstructions of installations Play Without Actors. Thesis 52, The Immortality Mechanism and many other important works, which made Ivan Plusch a significant figure of the Russian and international art scene.

The Plusch’s Theatre project will continue the MMOMA’s program for the integration and implementation of initiatives aimed at supporting young artists. As part of this program, the MMOMA provides museum space for already established artists to implement their ideas. Over the years, several young artists, many of whom have become prominent in the contemporary art scene, have shown their work in this project.

About the artist:

Ivan Plusch was born in 1981 in Leningrad. He graduated from St. Petersburg Roerich Art School and St. Petersburg State Academy of Art and Industry named after Mukhina (2009). He is one of the founders and leaders of the Unvanquished art collective (since 2006), participant of the 2nd Urals Biennial of Contemporary Art (Yekaterinburg, 2012), 56th Venice Biennale (Venice, 2015), Parallel Program Manifesta 10 (St. Petersburg, 2015), participant and organizer of numerous projects of contemporary art. The artist lives and works in St. Petersburg.

About the curator:

Dimitry Ozerkov (St. Petersburg) is an art historian, curator, head of the Department of Contemporary Art at the State Hermitage Museum, head of the Hermitage 20/21 Project, and curator of the XV–XVIII century French engravings collection at the State Hermitage Museum. Curator of exhibitions on classical and contemporary art, including Arte Povera. Creative Breakthrough, State Hermitage, 2018, State Hermitage at the 54th and 56th Venice Biennale of Fine Arts 2011 and 2015. Commissioner for the exhibition Manifesta 10 (2014).

Ivan Plusch’s works are included in the following collections:

Moscow Museum of Modern Art. Moscow
Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts. Moscow
State Hermitage Museum. St. Petersburg
State Russian Museum. St. Petersburg