V–A–C Foundation and M HKA engage in a longer-term collaboration by supporting the work of contemporary Russian artists in a variety of way. V–A–C wants to enhance the presence of leading Russian artists, of different generations, in selected European museum collections. M HKA exhibits and collects works by artists from Russia and other countries of the former USSR. The museum focuses on ‘Eurasia’, thereby contributing to the geographic diversity of collecting and programming.

Evgeny Antufiev

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°1986
Born in Kyzyl, Tuva, RU
Works in Moscow, RU
Lives in Moscow, RU

Evgeny Antufiev was raised in the Siberian republic of Tuva. Inspired by the region’s lingering traces of shamanic practice, Antufiev crafts his own multilayered personal mythology, which subsumes various aspects of Russian and international cultures, personal struggles, and the effect of different materials (like stone, bone, wood, amber, and bronze), found or created objects. His methods mix mysticism with aesthetic kitsch. Antufiev was recognized in 2009 with a Kandinsky Prize for Young Artist, Project of the Year. He has since participated in exhibitions at the New Museum in New York, the Collezione Maramotti in Reggio Emilia, Italy, the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, and in Manifesta 11.