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21.o2—23.o3 /2o22
Kirill Basalaev / Janina Boldyreva / Pavla Markova
Splashed & smashed
group exhibition
21.02—23.03/2022
Kirill Basalaev / Janina Boldyreva Pavla Markova
Splashed & smashed
The history and work of the Siberian rock community stands out among the late-Soviet associations for its "toughness", complicated fate of people, uncompromising lyrics, complex musical experiments and epathetic image. Siberian rockers were real rockers in full accordance with the widespread image, which was unusual for Soviet (even underground) musicians. This section of the exhibition will be represented by samizdat, photographs, documents, including manuscripts by Egor Letov, tape albums by Yanka Diagileva, archive photos by Dmitry Revyakin (Kalinov most), recording equipment and instruments of Siberian rock bands.

Alexander Kushnir, curator of the collection: "In the mid-80s, it was like a Tunguska meteorite fell on the Soviet rock scene. These were the first recordings and underground concerts of Siberian bands, in my opinion - the quintessence of rock in its most brutal and primitive form. Against the background of the piercing performances of “Grazhdanskaya oborona”, “Instruktsiya po vyzhivaniyu”, “Kalinov most” and Yanka Diagileva, it became relevant to go back to pre-Woodstock times in USA and talk about rock as a kind of shamanism and "religion of death". To me, 90% of Soviet rock seems artificial and not worth a penny, compared to those Siberian festivals, concerts and albums".

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With the words "splashed and smashed” begins a song of the same name by the legendary character, rock musician and leader of many bands, Egor Letov. The words were not chosen by chance for the exhibition's title - the gallery's new exposition combines works of art by three contemporary artists and a collection of artefacts of the music scene associated with the Siberian Rock Club.
21.02 — 23.03 / 2022
group exhibition in 30/7

splashed & smashed






With the words "splashed and smashed” begins a song of the same name by the legendary character, rock musician and leader of many bands, Egor Letov. The words were not chosen by chance for the exhibition's title - the gallery's new exposition combines works of art by three contemporary artists and a collection of artefacts of the music scene associated with the Siberian Rock Club.

The history and work of the Siberian rock community stands out among the late-Soviet associations for its "toughness", complicated fate of people, uncompromising lyrics, complex musical experiments and epathetic image. Siberian rockers were real rockers in full accordance with the widespread image, which was unusual for Soviet (even underground) musicians. This section of the exhibition will be represented by samizdat, photographs, documents, including manuscripts by Egor Letov, tape albums by Yanka Diagileva, archive photos by Dmitry Revyakin (Kalinov most), recording equipment and instruments of Siberian rock bands.

Alexander Kushnir, curator of the collection: "In the mid-80s, it was like a Tunguska meteorite fell on the Soviet rock scene. These were the first recordings and underground concerts of Siberian bands, in my opinion - the quintessence of rock in its most brutal and primitive form. Against the background of the piercing performances of “Grazhdanskaya oborona”, “Instruktsiya po vyzhivaniyu”, “Kalinov most” and Yanka Diagileva, it became relevant to go back to pre-Woodstock times in USA and talk about rock as a kind of shamanism and "religion of death". To me, 90% of Soviet rock seems artificial and not worth a penny, compared to those Siberian festivals, concerts and albums".

Most of the exhibition will be occupied by three projects of contemporary artists who, like the Siberian rockers, work with the "hard" art form. The exhibition will feature abstractions by Kirill Basalaev, working on canvas with concrete, monumental graphic project "Collective inaction" by Yanina Boldyreva, dedicated to the problems of post-pandemic reality, and works by Pavla Markova from the project "Punk's not dead", in which the artist works with "funereal" materials - fragments of granite monuments, oval grave portraits and other ritual materials and techniques.

As the historical section of the exhibition is linked to the Siberian creative scene, contemporary art projects have been selected among artists from Siberia. Kirill Basalaev is an artist from Tomsk, a graduate of the Faculty of Arts and Culture at Tomsk University and the Moscow Institute of Contemporary Art, and has participated in exhibitions at the Siberian Center for Contemporary Art, the Moscow Museum of Contemporary Art, and numerous gallery projects. Yanina Boldyreva is an artist from Novosibirsk who graduated from the city's Academy of Architecture and Art and had solo exhibitions at SCCA Siberia, the Novosibirsk Museum of Art and numerous galleries in the city. Pavla Markova is an artist from Omsk, a graduate of the Omsk Institute of Culture, participant in the 2nd Triennale of Russian Contemporary Art, exhibitions at the Omsk Museum of Art and numerous gallery projects.
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