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.

Olga Chernysheva

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Born in Moscow, RU

The oeuvre of Olga Chernysheva is formally refined, combining social critique and subtle humor. In this respect she thus places herself within a long Russian tradition of social realism, not to be confused with the ‘socialist realism’ that was the first official doctrine of the USSR. Chernysheva reflects upon the role of the artist in these times of change. Her work examines a turbulent society that has become ever more individualistic, and where the notion of a collective future is rapidly disappearing.