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"E-E"

The "Eighties' Leningrad" Style


"E - E" - that is the
complete liberty of style
for a new representation of
the spiritual, of harmony.
My art is
"E - E"
(E-E) Evgeni Kozlov
(E-E) Евгений Козлов
art 1980 -1990

paintings / живопись
photographs / фотографии
collages / коллажи
artist´s books / альбомы
posters / плакаты
album covers / обложки пластинок
catalogues / каталоги


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Alexander Titov and Viktor Sologub The first Pop Mekahnika performance – 'PM 12˚, Leningrad University, 19 November 1984 Photo: (E-E) Evgenij Kozlov Art: Hannelore Fobo

Alexander Titov and Viktor Sologub
The first Pop Mekahnika performance – 'PM 12˚, Leningrad University, 19 November 1984
Photo: (E-E) Evgenij Kozlov
Art: Hannelore Fobo

In the 1980s, bassist Alexander Titov was at the epicentre of the Soviet rock scene: he has played with Boris Grebenshikov's band "Aquarium" since 1983, was bassist with "KINO" from 1984 to 1986, but also performed with Sergey Kuryokhin's "Pop Mekhanika".
In the interview with Hannelore Fobo, Alexander Titov talks about those
magical years and why he thinks that Kirill Serebrennikov's movie "Leto" does not represent this period.



(E-E) Evgenij Kozlov standing in front of the Southern segment of Palace Bridge raised open.

Первая выставка на Дворцовом мосту
The First Exhibition on Palace Bridge

On the night from the 22nd to the 23rd of July 1990, one of the most spectacular exhibitions of Soviet / Russian art took place on Palace Bridge, close to St. Petersburg's emblematic buildings – the Hermitage, The Admiralty Building, Peter and Paul Fortress, and the Kunstkamera. It displayed works from (E-E) Evgenij Kozlov's collection “2x3m”, five of Kozlov's own works from the cycle "New Classicals", as well as a number of other works by Kozlov’s artist friends.

(E-E) Evgenij Kozlov Poster for the Second TEII Exhibtion with artists' signatures on the reverse. 1983

(E-E) Evgenij Kozlov
Poster for the Second TEII Exhibtion with artists' signatures on the reverse. 1983

2-я общая выставка ТЭИИ
5–20 April 1983, Palace of the Youth, Leningrad – Ленинградский дворец молодёжи (ЛДМ)

(E-E) Evgenij Kozlov SIT VENIA VERBO. Традиции ХХ века / SIT VENIA VERBO. Traditions of the Twentieth Century. 1983

(E-E) Evgenij Kozlov
SIT VENIA VERBO. Традиции ХХ века / SIT VENIA VERBO. Traditions of the Twentieth Century. 1983

4-я общая выставка ТЭИИ – "The Festival Exhibition" / “Фестивальная”
27 March–20 April 1984, Palace of the Youth, Leningrad – Ленинградский дворец молодёжи (ЛДМ)

"Facets of Portraiture", exhibition vie.w In the centre (E-E) Evgenij Kozlov Noli me tangere. 1982

"Facets of Portraiture", exhibition vie.w
In the centre

(E-E) Evgenij Kozlov
Noli me tangere. 1982

5-я общая выставка ТЭИИ – "Facets of Portraiture. Tradition and Modernity." / “Грани портрета. Традиции и современность”
17 September–8 October 1984, The Kirov Palace of Culture, Leningrad – ДК им. С.М. Кирова, Ленинград

(E-E) Evgenij Kozlov VOX HUMANA (Автопортрет / Self-Portrait). 1983

(E-E) Evgenij Kozlov
VOX HUMANA (Автопортрет / Self-Portrait). 1983

6-я общая выставка ТЭИИ
19 March–12 April, 1985, Palace of the Youth, Leningrad – Ленинградский дворец молодёжи (ЛДМ)

(E-E) Evgenij Kozlov Untitled. 1985/1986

(E-E) Evgenij Kozlov
Untitled. 1985/1986

8-я общая выставка ТЭИИ
15–19 May 1986, Palace of the Youth, Leningrad – Ленинградский дворец молодёжи (ЛДМ)

“THE RAW, THE COOKED, THE PACKAGED” exhibition logo,  based on (E-E) Evgenij Kozlov's painting "Timur on Horseback”, 1985

“THE RAW, THE COOKED, THE PACKAGED” exhibition logo,
based on (E-E) Evgenij Kozlov's painting "Timur on Horseback”, 1985

Curated by Ivor Stodolsky and Marita Muukkonen
30 November 2007–6 January 2008, Museum of Contemporary Art KIASMA / Finnish National Gallery, Helsinki


Leningrad zu Beginn der 1980er Jahre: Kirill Serebrennikovs weitgehend schwarz-weiß gedrehter Streifen handelt von den künstlerischen Anfängen des berühmtesten Rocksängers der vormaligen UdSSR Viktor Tsoi, erweitert um eine fiktive Beziehung zu Natalia, der Frau des Musikers Mike Naumenko, der ihn protegiert.
Der Vortrag beleuchtet das Verhältnis von Fakt und Fiktion unter anderem mit Hilfe von Material aus dem Archiv des Künstlers (E-E) Evgenij Kozlov, einem der Protagonisten der Leningrader Szene der 1980er Jahre.
Kino im Schafstall, Schwäbisch Hall, 3. Februar 2019


Kozlov's collage featuring Viktor Tsoy, Yuri Kasparyan, Georgy Guryanov, and Alexander Titov in the company of Marilyn Monroe and many others.
Filmed at "Notes from the Underground", Berlin, Akademie der Künste, 15.3.–6.5.2018. Camera, voice, and editor: Hannelore Fobo


When Vladislav Mamyshev-Monroe started to conquer the Soviet and Russian art world at the end of the 1980s, Evgenij Kozlov's famous studio "Russkoee Polee" (1989-1991) was the creative hub for the art scene in Leningrad / St. Petersburg, and the young artist was a frequent visitor. Kozlov immediately recognized Mamyshev's extraordinary talent and supported him in every possible way.


At Russkoee Polee ("The Russian Field"), (E-E) Evgenij Kozlov arranged numerous photo sessions with Vladislav Mamyshev posing as Marilyn Monroe – actually Mamyshev’s first photo sessions. They took place in front of Kozlov's paintings from the series “New Classicals”, in his bedroom and in the so-called “Lenin’s room”, decorated with Lenin memorabilia.


At the beginning of 1991, when (E-E) Evgenij Kozlov spent several weeks in Germany, he gave Vladislav Mamyshev the keys to his studio “Russkoee Polee”. Vladislav Mamyshev was happy with this generous proposition and invited film director Andrius Venclova to film the video clip "Смерть Монро / The Death of Monroe" in two rooms of the studio.


For the exhibtion "Geopolitika" at the Museum of Ethnography, Leningrad / S. Petersburg, (E-E) Evgenij Kozlov conceived the idea of a "GeoPhotoPolitical WEEapon" which was to be operated by Vladislav Mamshev-Monroe on the day of the opening, February 18, 1991, exactly between 16.30 and 16.45.


Vladislav Mamyshev-Monroe is well-known for his reworked posters of "Members of the Politburo". Official posters of the upper class of the Soviet nomenklatura were printed for a mass public in large editions and sold at bookstores for a nominal price. Whether they were actually bought by the target audience remains a matter for speculation, but in the case of Mamyshev they proved to greatly stimulate his artistic imagination. In 1990, he offered his first embellished Politburo posters with a dedication to "my favourite artist Evgenij Kozlov" – a total of ten posters




Adrius Venclova's video clip with Vladislav Mamyshev-Monroe • Владислав Мамышев-Монро


at the opening of "НОВЫЕ ИДУТ! THE NEW ARE HERE!, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, 2012 (video)


(E-E) Evgenij Kozlov and Vladislav Mamyshev-Monroe at Club Mayak, 1991


Yuris Lesnik's Pirate Television (Пиратское Телевидение), Leningrad, 1991.
Vladislav Mamyshev-Monroe talks about the threat of vaccum bubbles and announces and his joint project with Evgenij Kozlov for the forthcoming exhibition "Geopolitika": the "Geopolitical Weapon".
With transcript of Mamyshev's talk (in Russian)


“Программа «Дискотека, или Музыкальные странички Пиратского телевидения»
A video by (E-E) Evgenij Kozlov •1991/2919
Filmed at the opening of the exhibition “Неоакадемизм / Neoacademism”
The Lenin Museum at the Marble Palace, Leningrad, 6. April, 1991
Post production: Hannelore Fobo. English subtitles: Tatiana Ziulikova
Photo documentation and text by Hannelore Fobo.


“You can increase the number of your products, say, produce ten paintings instead of five, but you cannot increase your talent. It's a gift of God some people recieve to inspire the development of human beings.” – (E-E) Evgenij Kozlov
VISION (China), No 175, pp. 22-37, August 2018


An Article about The New Artists, Leningrad VISION, China
Text & editor Chen Lu
Photo courtesy of (E-E) Evgenij Kozlov & Hannelore Fobo
VISION (China), No 175, pp. 11-21, August 2018



(E-E) Evgenij Kozlov.
ART и СССР • ART and USSR (Lenin Boulevard)
two-sided, mixed media on wood 42.5 x 59.9 x 2 cm, 1988

Three objects on bus stop signs, 1988
Documentation: Hannelore Fobo, 2019

(E-E) Evgenij Kozlov  Five works from the cycle "New Classicals” exhibited on Palace Bridge, Leningrad, 1990

(E-E) Evgenij Kozlov
Five works from the cycle "New Classicals” exhibited on Palace Bridge, Leningrad, 1990

Works on canvas and bus stop signs, 1989/1990
Silk screen prints, 1995-1997
Documentation: Hannelore Fobo, 2019

Cover of “Åquarium”, the first Aquarium release on "Melodiya", January 1987.

Cover of “Åquarium”, the first Aquarium release on "Melodiya", January 1987.

The transition of Soviet bands from "underground” to “overground” during the perestroika period is a complex process. If we focus our attention on the transition from reel-to-reel tapes to vinyl records and analyse the changes, it would be naive to simply rely on officially printed information.

Text and Documentation: Hannelore Fobo, 2019

Two Aquarium magnitizdat albums from the early 1980s, each provided with its respective cover design created with a photographic print.

Two Aquarium magnitizdat albums from the early 1980s, each provided with its respective cover design created with a photographic print.

An interview with Hannelore Fobo, 31 March 2019.

Alexis Ipatovtsev is a journalist and media manager of the band "Aquarium". He has been part of Aquarium's “inner circle” since 1984 and is now taking care of Aquarium's archive.

Part 1: Aquarium's Magnitizdat Records / Part 2: Aquarium's Archive

RED WAVE. 4 UNDERGROUND BANDS FROM THE USSR, produced by Joanna Stingray for Big Time Records, 1986.

RED WAVE. 4 UNDERGROUND BANDS FROM THE USSR, produced by Joanna Stingray for Big Time Records, 1986.

The introduction to Joanna Stingray's autobiography (see below) provides background information about Leningrad‘s subculture, as well as the relation between the USSR and the U.S. in 1986, when Joanna Stingray's released the double album RED WAVE. 4 UNDERGROUND BANDS FROM THE USSR in America. Red Wave was the very first album of Leningrad underground bands Aquarium, Kino, Alisa, Strange Games .
The epilogue looks at how ‘Soviet bloc’ music was reviewed in the West on the examples of Boris Grebenshikov (Aquarium) and Kino. It also discusses how the language barrier between Russian and English affected Russian rock singers. Uploaded 10 June 2019

Joanna Stingray & Madison Stingray ‘Stingray in Wonderland’ • Джоанна Стингрей, Мэдисон Стингрей «Стингрей в стране чудес», ACT, 2019

Joanna Stingray & Madison Stingray ‘Stingray in Wonderland’ • Джоанна Стингрей, Мэдисон Стингрей «Стингрей в стране чудес», ACT, 2019

Chapters 23 and 24 from ‘Stingray in Wonderland’ in English

The 30th of March 2019 saw the book launch of the Russian edition of
Stingray in Wonderland, Joanna Stingray's book of memoirs on her travels from Los Angeles to Leningrad in the 1980s. Focusing on the period from 1984 to 1987, it is the first part of Stingray's autobiography on her ‘Russian’ years, with volume two and three forthcoming. The book was co-authored with Joanna Stingray's daughter Madison and translated into Russian by Alexander Kan, a BBC journalist and one of the most knowledgeable persons on the 1980s Leningrad music scene.

An English edition of Joanna Stingray's memoirs is not yet available. The excerpt from the English manuscript has been published by courtesy of the authors. Uploaded 10 June 2019.

(E-E) Evgenij Kozlov: КИНО Начальник КАМЧАТКИ / KINO Nachalnik Kamchatki  LP cover, mixed media on cardboard, front, ca. 31 x 31 cm, 1984

(E-E) Evgenij Kozlov: КИНО Начальник КАМЧАТКИ / KINO Nachalnik Kamchatki
LP cover, mixed media on cardboard, front, ca. 31 x 31 cm, 1984

Although Kozlov's album cover from 1984 was never used for any of the 'official’ releases of "Nachalnik Kamchatki", it influenced the lay-out of cassettes, CDs and Vinyl records to a considerable degree.

Uploaded 12 June 2019.

Poster announcing the concerts of Avia, Tele U, Akvarium, Bravo and Kino at the Leningrad Palace of Youth, 14/15 March 1986. Courtesy Evgeny Khavtan (Bravo)

Poster announcing the concerts of Avia, Tele U, Akvarium, Bravo and Kino at the Leningrad Palace of Youth, 14/15 March 1986. Courtesy Evgeny Khavtan (Bravo)

A photo documentation of visitors of the concerts on 15.3.1986 (Tele U, Bravo and Kino).

Uploaded 23 July 2019.


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