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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Untitled, 2015

The anthropomorphic shapes of Evgeny Antufiev are compilations of organic and inorganic material, including fabric, wire, wolves’ teeth and metal. With the attitude of a skilled craftsman and that of an overzealous ethnographer, Antufiev draws his inspiration from fairy tales, mythology, science fiction stories and historical sources. The shapes are characterized by a certain duality: they can be both lovely and frightening and appear to be the brainchild of a Siberian shaman.

For Antufiev, a work of art functions as a mirror: as a catalyst of memories, thoughts and emotions, in which we are faced with ourselves, our identity and our origin. His works thematise the possible relationships between contemporary art and ancient art, between art and nature, between collective memory and individual identity or between art and time. Antufiev reflects on the ability of artworks to lead us to a dimension where life and death coexist.