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.

2014

Andrey kuzkin things to come. video documentation of performance  installation (c)image: V-A-C Foundation, 2014
Things to Come, 2011
Installation
video documentation of the performance 'Things to Come'

A man sealed all his belongings in 59 metal boxes for 29 years. Absolutely all items from my apartment-studio – works of art (paintings, graphics, sculptures), manuscripts, the computer with all its contents, everyday items, clothes, etc. were put into metal boxes and welded shut. All in all that made 58 different-sized boxes. The boxes, together with lists and photographs of the event were exhibited in the gallery. At the opening ceremony a performance was offered to the audience: the artist’s remaining belongings (a camera, IDs, clothes, etc.) were packed in the last, the 59th box. The list of the things packed was read out loud. Kuzkin had his hair cut off which was also put in the box. The box was welded shut publicly. He washed himself in a basin and put on some new clothes. All the boxes as art items may be sold at any time, but they only may be opened in 29 years.