Date: February 9 — April 2, 2023
Venue: Vadim Sidur Museum Novogireevskaya 37A

Curated by Sergey Guskov
The Vadim Sidur Museum and the Moscow Museum of Modern Art with the support of the fābula gallery present 4REAL, a solo project by Alexander Lemish, in which the artist explores the images and myths of media space, as well as their impact on the minds of our contemporaries.

The exhibition by Lemish consists of objects that translate the mode of existence of today’s world, where people perceive the reality around them as a sequence of disparate phenomena and images. Society, losing its bearings in a clash of interpretations and speculations, finds itself repeatedly in increasingly unstable, borderline states.
Drawing on the findings of fashion designer Raf Simons and renowned trend-hunter Kanye West, Alexander Lemish offers a glimpse into the collapse of the old and the birth of a new world. To this end, he employs objects inspired by the work of Vadim Sidur, in which the addition of clothing items reveals unforeseen relevance. Lemish looks at Sidur as a harbinger of contemporaneity: it seems as if the poetry and works of the Soviet sculptor were meant for our twenty-first century.

Alexander Lemish (b. in 1982) is an artist, he graduated from Baza Institute. His artistic practice explores contemporary reality through the influence of Internet culture and social media, their relationship to everyday life and the reassembly of a horror aesthetic, linking myths with nature in the medium of painting video and installation. Contributor to the group exhibitions: All Will Pass and Be Forgotten with the support of the Baza Institute at the Fabrica Center (2021), Dystopian Party Collection at the Spas Setun (2021), In the Dust of This Planet and Dead End 2022 at the Art4 Museum (2022), Terminal B at Smena bookstore in Kazan (2022), Street Magic in at Plague in Krasnodar (2022). His solo exhibition Plemennoe was held at IP Vinogradov (2021).

Sergey Guskov (b. 1983) is a journalist, art critic, and curator. He graduated from the Moscow Institute of Foreign Languages. Since 2017 he has been a columnist and editor of the Dialogue of Arts magazine. He was in charge of the Aroundart website (2011–2012) and the Art section of the Colta website (2013–2017). He has written articles for publications in Art Magazine, Artforum, Russian Art Focus, Spectate, Kommersant Weekend, Vedomosti, Art, ArtChronicle, ArtGid, Sreda, The Art Newspaper Russia, Metropolis M, LEAP, Art21, Divergent, Center for Experimental Museum Studies, Ocula, Obieg, Interview Russia. He curated exhibitions UNTITLED by Varvara Gevorgizova and Birches and Ghosts by Maria Doronina at Appendix artspace (both 2017). Together with N. Bereznitskaya, S. Gusarova and A. Rudyk, he co-curated the virtual exhibition Your Gift is Very Important to Us (Dialogue of Arts Magazine No. 6/2019) and the project The Forgotten Process of S. Mzhachikh at the Vadim Sidur Museum in 2021, together with M. Doronina.

About the Project’s Partner

fābula gallery was founded in Moscow in 2018 by art historian Elena Fadeeva and architect Alina Chichikova. Today, the gallery features contemporary Russian and international artists. It also provides a curatorial platform for collectible experimental design. The gallery’s program is based on a dialogue between contemporary art objects and the spaces in which they are located. In addition to implementing its program of group and solo exhibitions, the gallery cooperates with international institutions and participates in the world’s leading contemporary art and design fairs.