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PREMIUM: BARAK

Having fallen on runes and turning a decent exhibition space into a hut, Oleg Kulik, as a curator, presents the first London exhibition of Kandinsky Prize nominees.

Where does Oleg Kulik’s fantasy end and serious curatorial work begin? Impossible to say. Everyone knows the passion of the former shareholder, and now a Buddhist and director of oriental practices. But in order to select and hang up the works of artists in accordance with the apocalyptic forecast of José Aguéles related to December 25, 2012, when the powerful detonation of Russian influence in the West will be launched? .. Kuliku, who, like a cat (or dog), has seven art -Life, everything is possible. And certainly arrange a real wooden hut in the center of London. From the dictionary: “hut” is “a wooden building with a simplified design, framing a space that carries a certain semantic load and is intended for temporary housing”. For Kulik, this is an atmosphere free of external conventions.

For the architect of the exhibition Boris Bernasconi – “Russian” wooden walls built into the western exhibition space with holes and crevices through which light will penetrate. “Rough external light,” the curator explains. No point neutral lighting that western galleries are so proud of. “Pictures will be perceived in the atmosphere in which they were created. And not in the white walls in which no one has ever lived with us. ” This London “hut”, housed in the building of the Louise Blouin Foundation, one of the most powerful art publishers in the world, contains the work of 40 Russian artists who claimed a year ago for the Kandinsky Prize (and some of them, like Diana Machulina, a group of PG or Alexei Belyaev -Gint, received it).

The exhibition is organized in the midst of the Frieze, Zoo fairs and the autumn series of contemporary art auctions, when the concentration of art lovers and professionals in London will be maximum. So everyone will talk about Russians. Moreover, at the opening day, arranged in the hot season for contemporary art, according to the provocateur Kulik, “everyone will be pleasantly naked.”