On View: October 24th, 2014 – January 18th, 2015
The Flemish Minister of Culture, the Chairman and members of the Board of Directors, and the M HKA team have the honour of inviting you to the opening of this exhibition.
M HKA has invited the renowned Russian artist Olga Chernysheva to do an ‘intervention’ that combines her own works with works from the collection. She has selected works by Francis Alÿs, Hans Eijkelboom, Antoni Muntadas and Hermann Pitz, but she will mainly show her own work: audiovisual installations, films, photographs and drawings from recent years.
Chernysheva was born in 1962 in Moscow, where she still lives. Among her numerous solo exhibitions are In the Middle of Things at BAK in Utrecht in 2011 and Compossibilities at Kunsthalle Erfurt in 2013. She has participated in many international group exhibitions, such as the 6th Berlin Biennial in 2010 and Ostalgia at the New Museum in New York in 2011. She represented Russia at the Venice Biennale in 2001.
Thanks to an ongoing collaboration with the V–A–C Foundation in Moscow, which supports contemporary art in Russia since 2009, M HKA has been able to acquire Chernysheva’s twelve-channel video installation Screens (2013). It is part of an ongoing series combining short film clips with equally short texts. Like her whole oeuvre, this major new work unites extraordinary visual precision with a pronounced interest in narration and strong social engagement.
The exhibition also includes works courtesy of the artist and DIEHL Gallery in Berlin, as well as works from Irina and Maris Vitols’s collection in Riga and Dmitry Aksenov’s collection in Moscow and Vienna.
*Olga Chernysheva, Series ‘Domestication’, 2014, colour photo, collection Dmitry Aksenov, courtesy Diehl Gallery Berlin