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.


Reef 01 (c)Ilya Dolgov
Reef, 2017
Installation , variable dimensions
mixed media

“Reef” installation imitates the space-experience, in which waves of the intelligent matter, curving in turbulence, are lighting up sparkles of consciousness. Consciousnesses are living, until watching in each other, reflecting each other, implicating each other in common weakness.

The dead seal mimics the stone, empty shell protects the hand, which is mimicking the root. The human eye became a touch sensitive organ and thereby became able to face the gaze of the wasp.

The exhibition doesn’t want to be an art, the stuff doesn’t want to be an art. Aluminum rods are keeping pressure of artist’s muscle and bones; sails are holding transparent, brittle images of the Reef.