Erik Bulatov, I Am Going, 1975, oil on canvas, 90 1/2 x 90 1/2". © Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn.


“Total Enlightenment—Moscow Conceptual Art, 1960–1990”

Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt
July 25, 2013–September 14, 2008

Fundación Juan March
Castelló, 77
October 10, 2008–January 11, 2009

Curated by Boris Groys

Following the Schirn's 2003 exhibition “Dream Factory Communism,” in which philosopher, artist, and curator Boris Groys explored the manifold aspects and impacts of Soviet art under Stalin's regime, “Total Enlightenment” moves forward in time with a comprehensive survey of Conceptual art in late- and post-Soviet Russia. Featuring 130 paintings, installations, videos, drawings, and photographs by thirty artists, including Erik Bulatov, Ilya Kabakov, Komar & Melamid, Alexander Kosolapov, and Boris Mikhailov, this show aims to define Moscow Conceptualism as distinct from its Western counterparts and to examine how its artists, according to Groys, “privately, ironically, and profanely” appropriated and exploited the official discourse. Travels to Fundación Juan March, Madrid, Oct. 10, 2008–Jan. 11, 2009.