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Igor and Ekaterina Pestov

Igor and Ekaterina Pestov. Afterparty. 2017. Oil on canvas. 250 x 250 cm
13 september 2018—13 january 2019
A retrospective exhibition of works by Igor and Ekaterina Pestov offers the viewers to get acquainted with the creative oeuvre of well-known Russian contemporary artists. Born in Yekaterinburg, Igor and Ekaterina received a professional education in art first at the I. D. Shadr Sverdlovsk Art School, and later at I. E. Repin St. Petersburg State Academic Institute of Painting, Sculpture, and Architecture. 

The artists have been taking part in exhibitions since 2003. Their work was displayed at the Russian Museum’s exhibitions “Dinner is Served. The Russian Museum Culinary Companion” in 2013 and “Russia. Realism. 21st Century” in 2016. Igor Pestov was awarded the Kandinsky Contemporary Art Prize (Best Project nomination) in 2008. 

For the first time ever, Igor and Ekaterina present their work as a duo, a creative partnership. “Our artistic method is ‘personal history.’ We believe that the experience we get, our childhood memories, education, things we see or learn — all events of our life are initial motives that are reflected in consistent patterns in the present and future,” the artists comment on their work.

The Pestovs belong to the type of artists who are socially concerned, rebellious, and daring. They focus on the most burning issues of today’s world: consumption, spiritual void, aggression, and human vulnerability. Igor and Ekaterina Pestov have developed their own signature style of painting which the artists themselves refer to as “neo-baroque.” Vivid and dramatic, hyperbolic and disturbing, the universe of Pestov’s images is rendered with exceptional skill and craftsmanship.

The exhibition consists of around 40 paintings, including “Civilization” (2006), “Biomaterial” (2010), “Hard Waste” (2011), “Meal” (2017), and some of the most recent works by the Pestov duo, which have never been on display before. 

Igor and Ekaterina Pestov. Afterparty. 2015. Oil on canvas. 160 x 90 cm. Igor and Ekaterina Pestov. Biomaterial. 2010. Oil and mixed media on canvas. 80 x 100 cm. Igor and Ekaterina Pestov. Fat. 2010. Oil on canvas. 150 x 150 cm. Igor and Ekaterina Pestov. Chicken Heads. 2016. Oil on canvas, 30 x 40 cm Igor and Ekaterina Pestov. Civilization. 2006. Oil on canvas. 250 x 250 cm

Exhibitions
Evgeny Romashko

Evgeny Romashko

25 november 2022—16 january 2023

This exhibition of works by People’s Artist of the Russian Federation and Head of the Academic Painting Faculty of the Moscow State Stroganov Academy of Art and Industry Evgeny Romashko is timed to coincide with the artist’s 60th birthday. Approximately 70 works of his from over the years will be displayed.

Igor Tcholaria. Taming the Chaos

Igor Tcholaria. Taming the Chaos

23 september—13 november 2022

Taming the Chaos, a solo exhibition of the work of Igor Tcholaria, numbers some 60 paintings, graphic artworks and sculptures. Igor Tcholaria was born in Abkhazia, which stretches along the coast of the Black Sea. He received his basic grounding in art at the Sukhumi Art School, and subsequently continued his education in Leningrad, at the Vera Mukhina School and the Academy of Arts.

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