9 September – 8 October
At Central exhibition hall ‘Manege’, Manege square, 1, Moscow
Curator – Sergei Popov
More than 90 paintings and 50 drawings from Russian museums and private collections will be presented to visitors in the Lower Hall of ‘Manege’. Works created after the last exhibition of Erik Bulatov in Russia (at Tretyakov Gallery in 2006) will be shown for the first time in the country. A diverse program will accompany the exhibitions, including screenings, tours and lectures as well as international scientific conference devoted to the artist and his time.
The project is the conceptual understanding of Bulatov’s cultural contribution in the history of contemporary art. In his works, the author raises questions which are extremely vital for the new art: the combination of words and images in visual space, the definition of the viewer’s position, the interaction of tradition and innovation. The exhibition traces the development of these ideas during past 50 years and their reflection in all key series and at all stages of the artist’s work. Bulatov is a creator of images that have become universal visual models for Russian art. According to Eugeniy Barabanov, one of the most famous Russian art historians, “through his original art Bulatov done the impossible: accepted the challenge of Soviet modernity that fell to his share, not hiding from it, not turning away from the totality of its suggestions, opened the door to a world of freedom – a world that allowed him to relate the past to the future with his art.” During last quarter of the century, Erik Bulatov, living mainly in Paris, continues asking key questions of the day, choosing for this proven, classic format of a painting, each time turning it into his own field of innovation.