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.

Ian Ginsburg

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Sovpis, 2019

“Sovpis” is a continuation of a series of Ian Ginsburg's projects dedicated to Joseph Ginsburg, a writer and nonconformist artist. Appealing to Joseph’s biography and art, Ian makes a new focus on various aspects of Soviet and post-Soviet culture. As starting point for the exhibition “Sovpis” Ian took the following episode: in 1974 Joseph sent copies of his compilation of aphorisms to addresses of Soviet writers he found in the directory. After a while he phoned all of his addressees to gather and publish their opinions, which were puzzled, sympathetic, frightened, moralistic, enthusiastic, and mocking.

The exhibition feature a “collaborative” album presenting texts of Joseph Ginsburg and cartoons by Joseph Igin (Ginsburg), compiled by Ian Ginsburg, as well as a file cabinet with opinions of 62 people about the work of Joseph Ginsburg. Among the authors of the reviews are Agniya Barto, Evgeny Evtushenko, Arkady Strugatsky, and others. In a separate there is a exposition of the 16th page of “Literaturnaya Gazeta” (Literary Newspaper) with collages by Vagrich Bakhchanyan and aphorisms by Joseph Ginsburg, as well as a portrait of the fictional writer Evgeny Sazonov.