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.


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Courbet's Funeral, 2014
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video filmed with mobile phone

Courbet’s Funeral is a film collage made of documentary videos by Granilshchikov and staged footage, as well as reenactments of daily routine events. It can be considered as a video poem recorded on a mobile phone camera, but it also takes us back to real-life events that took place in Moscow in the beginning of 2014. In the context of the film, simple and trivial monologues of its protagonists begin to sound like political commentaries and at the same time touch upon the transformation and problems of the language of filmmaking. The film talks about the present in present tense, therefore it is impossible to avoid conversations about the political undercurrent of the film, the distance of the author from the subject matter. In that sense Courbet’s Funeral is a video diary that claims to have the importance of a document.