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.


Catastrophe add 003 cr (c)image: Alexander Plusnin
Ike, 2016
Object , 50 x 50 cm
wood, graphite

Ike is named after the hurricane that hit the American continent in 2008 and constitutes part of the Plusnin’s Hurricane series. The artist encompasses the dramatic and traumatic episode from a considerable distance thus turning its image almost into a miniature. The artwork of such a format remind of a small screen of a smartphone or of some other screen, the carrier of any information that circulates in the human society. In such a way the format signifies the greater density of information, a kind of compression without loss of quality. As most of Plusnin’s artworks, this one, as art historian Sergey Popov claims, possesses super-density and the super-conductivity of meaning, associations, and ideas.