The video «Notes from the Undeground» focuses on the room presenting the Leningrad art scene from the 1980s. Most works in this part of the exhibition are by (E-E) Evgenij Kozlov.
Among them are important portraits of Timur Novikov, Georgy Guryanov, Oleg Kotelnikov, Joanna Stingray, the ‘New Composers’ Valery Alakhov and Igor Verichev, as well as the artist‘s ‘Self-portrait with Blue Eyes’.
Also displayed are Kozlov's posters for the exhibition of Leningrad artists (1983) and for the band ‘KINO’ (1985).
Photographs include his pictures for the LP Cover ‘Insect Culture’ (with Sergey Kuryokhin and the New Composers) and his album of painted photos of Leningrad artists and musicians.
Two large paintings – ‘Shark‘ and ‘Love for Work‘ – dominate the ‘Leningrad’ room. All works were realised between 1983 and 1990.
David Crowley, (Royal College of Art, London), co-curator of the exhibition ‘Notes from the Underground’, and Hannelore Fobo, art critic and curator, in front of of (E-E) Evgenij Kozlov's work ‘Self-portrait with Blue Eyes’.
Photo: Souad Bensalah-Mekkes
We knew that Leningrad in the 1980s had this remarkable vibrant scene which connected visual art and music, of course.
And in this world Evgenij Kozlov was a significant figure in a number of different ways, because he was right at the heart of the New Artists – his formation of artist –, but he was also a brilliant chronicler of their activities.
So we feel very blessed that we can be showing both a great artist whose work has a kind of energy and a vibrancy which is really stimulating, but also somebody who effectively through his creativity documented many of the practises of his peers.
Daniel Muzyczuk, Head of Department of Modern Art at the Muzeum Sztuki Lodz:
Evgenij Kozlov’s works are really enabling us to see the vibrant scene as such. Not just as a documentary of the scene itself, but rather as something that we can still feel in an impressionistic way. We can feel the energy, not the personalities.
Sergey Chubraev, independent curator, researcher and collector, Muzeum Sztuki, 2016
photo: H. Fobo
Sergey Chubraev, Saint Petersburg, is an independent curator and researcher with a large collection of videos and other items relating to Sergey Kuryokhin and the ‘Pop Mekhanika’ performances. Among them are Sergey Chernov’s costume designs for ‘Pop Mekhanika˚ performances, displayed at ‘Notes from the Underground’.
In 2014, as part of the ‘Manifesta 10 Parallel Program’, Chubraev curated a large exhibition dedicated to Sergey Kuryokhin. Ащущения Другова. / Anderstanding the Other included works by more than 60 artists, thus manifesting the impact of Kurokhin on the Russian avant-garde culture as a highly gifted musician, but also as ‘agent provocateur’.
In his lecture, Sergey Chubraev refers to the Kuryokhin’s biography and professional career, as well as to intriguing aspects of Kuryokhin’s personality. Sergey Kuryokhin was an influential media figure and became a controversial political figure in the years previous to his early death at the age of 42 (1996).
Sergey Chernov’s costume designs for ‘Pop Mekhanika˚
The Sergey Chubraev Collection, Saint Petersburg.