On June 22, as part of the Parallel Program of the 5th Moscow International Biennale for Young Art, Artwin Gallery will open a new project by Dima Rebus. The artist’s unique style is rooted in his virtuosic handling of watercolor. His works mingle precise renderings with an acute perception of his surroundings. Rebus has been featured in the solo exhibition “The End,” (Artwin Gallery, Moscow, November 2013), as well as group shows like “Casus Pacis,” part of the Parallel Program for Manifesta 10 (The Museum of Street Art, St Petersburg, June 2014) and “Insomnia,” part of the Parallel Program for the 4th Moscow International Biennale for Young Art (Memorial Museum of A. N. Scriabin, July 2014). His works have been included in auctions at Phillips and Vladey. For his newest piece, Rebus will take on a free-standing building on the territory of the Trekhgornaya Manufaktura, the site of the Biennale’s main project.
As Rebus explains: “I wrapped up the building for the audience. This type of styrofoam packaging for prepared food can be found on the shelves of any grocery store. When you walk into the store, you don’t have to hunt for food – it’s already waiting for you in these packages. All you have to do is choose the goods that best suit your needs. The exhibition operates a little like a store, where the display is already pre-packaged, with little space for improvisation. The label of my packaged art object includes a line assuring that the product is “100% extra lean.” This is no accident: in the very beginning, street art arose as a spontaneous creative response to the urban environment. Street art that’s been made-to-order for an art exhibition or biennale is no less real, but we have to admit all the same that it is something of an oxymoron. I am not against natural reserves, but there is a very clear distinction between true wilderness and controlled nature.”
This Moscow-based gallery was founded in June 2012 by sisters Madina and Marianna Gogova. Before opening its own space in February 2015, Artwin Gallery organized exhibitions in museum venues, actively supporting the artists on its roster, and participating in contemporary art fairs. The gallery’s main objectives are to create a platform for dialogue between artists of different countries and generations, and to promote emerging Russian art both at home and abroad. Artwin Gallery’s focus on Russian artists, its bold approach to curating and exhibition-making, and its in-depth understanding of the art market in Russia and CIS countries, allows the gallery to create extraordinary projects across a wide range of styles and genres of contemporary art. Artwin Gallery has participated in multiple international exhibitions and biennales, including the Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, Moscow International Biennale for Young Art, Cosmoscow, Art Dubai and Artbat Fest, a festival of contemporary art in Almaty, just to name a few. The gallery also helps foster the growth of contemporary art through a series of lectures and round table discussions featuring art world professionals, as well as its contributions to other educational initiatives, like the gallery’s collaboration with the Turandot Academy. Artwin Gallery currently works with artists Said Atabekov, Polina Kanis, Alexey Korsi, Olga Kisseleva, Olya Kroytor, Almagul Menlibaeva, Gulnur Mukazhanova, Dima Rebus and Anna Titova. Its 130 square meter space lies in the historic center of Moscow, in the building of Maison Dellos, a strategic partner of the gallery. In September 2015, Artwin Gallery opened an additional exhibition space in Baku, Azerbaijan.
The V Moscow International Biennale for Young Art
The Moscow International Biennale for Young Art, which will be held for the fifth time in the summer of 2016, is one of the largest and most ambitious projects in the sphere of contemporary art in Russia. The biennale is organized by the National Center for Contemporary Art (NCCA), the ROSIZO State Museum and Exhibition Center and the Moscow Museum of Modern Art (MMOMA), with support from the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation and the Department of Culture for the city of Moscow. The biennale’s goals are to bring attention to new names, to support and encourage the creative initiatives of artists and curators of the new generation, creating the conditions for their public expression and, as a result, the development of the contemporary art community.
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