moscow city government
moscow city department of culture
russian academy of arts
moscow museum of modern art
the school of contemporary art «free workshops»
«triumph» gallery

As part of the «Young Lions» Project
Date: MARCH 7 — APLRIL 8, 2018

The curator of the MMOMA Program for Support to Young Artists: Daria Kamyshnikova

Moscow Museum of Modern Art and Triumph gallery present a Limited Fuctionality Mode, personal exhibition by Alexander Obrazumov that comprises new objects and installations, as well as works from the recent two years. The exhibition is part of the MMOMA Program to Support Young Art and the Young Lions project by Triumph gallery. Limited Functionality Mode is continued exploration of day-to-day rituals by means of analysis of reality perception through a bureaucratic lens and conception of the modern office life as the world behind the looking-glass. The art pieces appear to be fished out from the «collective unconscious» of an average corporate worker and devoid of function — presented to the audience in a new contradictory quality.

Alexander Obrazumov works with total installations, explores and visualizes modern-day rituals, unconscious processes and the consumer mindset. In his earlier projects, the artist addressed money spells for attracting wealth in his YouTube video installations (exhibition 7753191, 2015), looked into the total model of corporate existence (exhibition Confidential Content, 2015), created a mystical parallel world with Genda Fluid (Antonita Baever) at exhibition There is no Siberia on Mars (2017).

«In the new project, the artist tells us about the economy of stress and anxiety, the four horsemen of audit, bloody insinuations towards stationary. Also telling us where the moral code of an office clerk is and where their starry sky and paradise beach are. And, of course, about the utility of the limited functionality mode,» Andrey Parshikov.

About the artist

Alexander Obrazumov (b. 1981, Vidnoye, Russia) — artist, works with installations, sculpture, objects. In 2011 completed the MA program in visual media studies at the Russian State University for the Humanities; in 2012 — MediaArtLab Open school. Lives and works in Moscow.

Selected group exhibitions:

Moscow International Biennale for Young Art (2014, 2016), Unity at the Core (NII x Alpbau, Moscow, 2017), Young Blood (WINZAVOD Centre for Contemporary Art, Moscow, 2016), Disturbances in the State of Things (Museum and Exhibition Center «Worker and Kolkhoz Woman», Moscow, 2015), Barocco. 2014 (Triumph gallery, Moscow, 2014), Size Matters (Ground gallery, Moscow, 2014).

Solo exhibitions:

I’m Afraid (Bogorodskoe gallery, Moscow, 2016), 7753191 (WINZAVOD Centre for Contemporary Art, Moscow, 2015), Content Confidential (ISSMAG Gallery, Moscow, 2015).

About the Young Lions project

The Young Lions project is a program on support of contemporary art by the Triumph Gallery. The project presents young artists, who have already participated in large exhibitions and are known to the public, but are in the beginning of their artistic career. For many of them it is the first solo exhibition in the museum space. The Young Lions project’s partakers are Evgeny Granilshchikov, Dmitry Venkov, Polina Kanis, CrocodilePOWER, Alexei Vasiliev.

About the School of Contemporary Art Free Workshops

The School of Contemporary Art Free Workshops is an educational center under the Moscow Museum of Modern Art. It was created for young artists and curators, working in the field of actual art. The School was founded in 1992 by a group of artists and art historians. Among them there were artists, such as Alexander Ponomarev, Vladimir Kupriyanov, Vladimir Nasedkin, and MSU professors, i.e. Vera Dazhina and Valery Turchin.

Taking part in the School’s educational programs, students have an opportunity to learn from prominent teachers, successful cultural workers, celebrated philosophers and theorists of contemporary art. Young artists and curators plunge into the art world, partaking in master classes, group exhibitions, festivals.

As a part of the MMOMA, the School gives the students a unique opportunity to learn theoretical and practical aspects of contemporary art. At all stages of the artists’ careers, the Museum and the School support young artists, assisting them with participation in group exhibition projects (annual exhibitions of young art Workshop), organization of the first solo exhibitions (the Debut program for young artists), development of artistic careers (the Second Floor program), acquisition of artworks for the MMOMA collection.