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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Quarter to Twelve, 2018

Graphics on transparent tapes projected on three walls with the help of light bulbs creates shadow theatre of moving images: a series of figures, mechanisms, animals. This multitude is constantly in motion, the procession circles to the beat along with the social rhythm, with the rhythm of history, the "music of the revolution", which is heard as whispering in the echoes of Alexander Blok's poem "The Twelve". The figures are layered on top of each other, flow into one another, thus forming a common ornament, inscribed in life. In the eyes (here and now) there is a time duration, consisting of images and actions covered by social anxiety. Installation "Quarter to Twelve" tells us about the feeling of collective expectation, about a permanent cycle of change. The revolution is turning from a radical one into a progressive one, from a post-industrial society we are moving into a network society.