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contemporary art
in the city streets

ART OBJECT
MONUMENTAL PAINTING
MEDIA ART
ABOUT THE PROJECT
HERE AND NOW is an annual overview of Moscow’s contemporary art. In 2021 the project is moving beyond exhibition spaces and into the streets and parks for the first time, presenting current works by Moscow artists in an urban environment. Art objects, monumental painting and media art are on show in a variety of locations around the city.
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ART FORMS
A mural is a variety of monumental art that is used to decorate residential buildings, industrial enterprises and other architectural structures. These spectacular images look bright and surprising against the backdrop of the cityscape, attracting the attention of locals and tourists alike.
MONUMENTAL PAINTING
MEDIA ART / AUGMENTED REALITY (AR)
ART OBJECTS
Urban sculpture is an important part of municipal artistic programmes in the world’s great cities. It shapes the environment, interacts with the landscape, socio-historical and architectural contexts, and transforms familiar spaces and routes, broadening the daily experience for residents and tourists. This form of art is oriented towards a wide audience.
Media artworks are created and presented with the help of modern technologies. Media artists use numerous formats and technical solutions in their work: computer graphics, light, interactive systems, video games, kinetic sculpture, robotics, virtual reality, augmented reality, and more.

As part of the “Here and Now” project, artworks will appear in different locations around Moscow, and will be accessible to viewers via augmented reality technology. It will be possible to see digital objects in real space on the screen of a smartphone with the help of the Instagram app.
OBJECTS
АРТ-ОБЪЕКТЫ
roman
ermakov
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Artworks from the series “The Dancing Axis of the Fifth Dimension”
With their bright colour scheme and expressive form, Roman Ermakov’s objects often form a contrast with the surrounding environment. The artist attempts in his work to capture the energy of different plastic forms, to create an illusion of motion and the inner tension of a composition. The sculpture presented in the courtyard of the Museum of Moscow depicts a fantastical entity from another dimension. Entering our three-dimensional world, it becomes subject to the laws of physics and transforms into an intricate art object. The viewer is invited to believe in the existence of an unknown world and interpret the artist’s work in their own way.
Roman Ermakov has been creating public art objects and kinetic costumes for more than 10 years. The artist rose to world fame in 2009 with his avant-garde collection “Living Sculptures”. His first personal exhibition “The Dancing Axis of the Fifth Dimension” opened in 2019 and was devoted to urban sculpture. In 2020 Ermakov teamed up with a group of students to develop the six-metre installation “Yula” for the Tavrid art park, and in 2021 his “Stable Composition” became part of an exhibition of public art on Red Square.
IGOR
CHELKOVSKI
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Igor Chelkovski is a sculptor and artist. An important figure on the Russian non-conformist art scene, he was the man behind the legendary journal А-Z. Chelkovski has come a long way as an artist, from the restoration of frescoes and icons in the 1960s to international artistic recognition. In 2017-2018 a retrospective of his work was shown at the Tretyakov Gallery. Chelkovski’s works can be found in the collections of the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, the Museum of Modern Art Ludwig Foundation in Vienna, the Tretyakov Gallery and the Russian Museum.
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“Vase with Flowers”
Igor Chelkovski’s style took shape in the 1970s, when he began to create wooden sculptures and three-dimensional compositions reminiscent of Constructivist experiments. By comparison, “Vase with Flowers” is simpler and more expressive. This slender, lineal work is a schematic depiction of flowers, rendered in steel. Chelkovski’s bright, sharp composition recalls the Architectons of Kazimir Malevich, three-dimensional Suprematist models that were built from the simplest geometric elements. Chelkovski was also inspired by natural forms, which has allowed him to convey lightness and harmony. These “bouquets” are Chelkovski’s trademark. His works were the first public art pieces to be acquired by the Tretyakov Gallery for its collection. Igor Chelkovski was awarded the first Moscow Art Prize for his sculptural series “People” in 2020.
Location: Zaryadye Park
SERGEI SHEKHOVTSOV
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Sergei Shekhovstov describes himself as
a “classic artist” but, unlike the great sculptors of the past, in his work he uses light and impermanent modern materials.
In 2004 Shekhovstov represented Russia at the biennial in São Paulo, and in 2009 he was one of the exhibiting artists at the Russian pavilion at the Venice Biennale. Personal exhibitions of his work have been held at the Perm Museum of Contemporary Art (2011) and the Tretyakov Gallery (2014).
Манежная площадь
“Love and Pigeons”
Sergei Shekhovtsov became famous for his ability to work with the symbols and signs around us, beginning with architectural and sculptural monuments and ending with variegated images harvested from contemporary media. This new work sees the artist transform a well-known cinematic and artistic subject in his characteristically ironic style. In this elegant statement, he recalls the famous Soviet film of the same name and calls upon us not to forget the most important feeling in life. The result is a vivid image of contemporary culture, worthy of thoughtful contemplation as well as a quick selfie for Instagram.
Location: Kuskovo Museum Estate (there is a charge for entry)
ALEXANDER GRIGORYEV
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Alexander Grigoryev is a Russian painter and graphic artist who was part of the Dvizhenie (“Movement”) group from 1967 to 1972. He is well-known for his abstract paintings and spatial kinetic objects. In 2018 Grigoryev’s art was featured in “The Other Trans-Atlantic” at the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art. In 2020 the artist’s work “Square in a Cube” was shown at the exhibition “Laboratory of the Future: Kinetic Art in Russia” at the Manezh exhibition hall in St. Petersburg.
Манежная площадь
“A Cube Ponders a Circle”
The renowned Russian artist Alexander Grigoryev, who has been working with geometric abstractions for more than 40 years, creates kinetic objects and theatrical scenery. The object “A Cube Ponders a Circle” is a central cube surrounded by six circles, formed from a complex lattice of cords. Created in the spirit of the large-scale kinetic objects the artist has produced in previous years, the artwork reveals the spatial features of historical buildings, allowing us to experience the landscape of Khitrovskaya Square in a new way.
Location: Khitrovskaya square
ANNA
Zholud
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Anna Zholud is a Russian artist. A participant in the main project at the 53rd Venice Biennale (2009) and nominee and winner
of the “Innovation” State Prize for contemporary art, today Zholud works both in the installation genre that made her famous and as a graphic artist. She is also interested in the organisation of space, the changes in the environment around it, and its influence on that environment. Works by Zholud can be found in the collections of the Moscow Museum of Modern Art, the Hermitage, the Russian Museum, the Tretyakov Gallery and other museums.
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“Grand Piano”
Anya Zholud “rids objects of deceptive surfaces.” The base material with which she works is metal frames, allowing her structures to achieve the effect of a graphic line. The objects Zholud creates reproduce various everyday situations, repeating the silhouettes of furniture and household items. In this way, a grand piano, reduced to a metallic contour, looks like a three-dimensional drawing. The minimalism of this sculpture encourages us to consider the essence of the things that surround us.
Location: Kolomenskoye Museum Reserve
Alexey
LUKA
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The artist and architect Alexey Luka has been producing public art since 2006.
He creates enormous street works, objectless collages, and assemblages
of wood and found objects. His works
are distinguished by their distinctive colour scheme, with warm tones and characteristic forms. Luka’s work has been shown at exhibitions in Russia, the Netherlands, France, Spain and the U.S.
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Alexey Luka’s recognisable geometric composition on the administrative buildings of the Museum of Moscow is supplemented by elements of urban architecture and decor: layers of old tiling, windows, doors, park railings. The inspiration for the colour scheme – from pale grey to dark brown – came from the colouring of Moscow buildings of different styles and eras. Layers of urban culture and history intertwine harmoniously with the artist’s dynamic graphics and create an organic pattern that is consonant with the surrounding buildings.
Location: Museum of Moscow
KIRILL
ASHASTIN
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Kirill Ashastin has been creating street art since 2002. After developing his own recognisable style — typographic compositions in golden Cyrillic, supplemented with visual images of “digital nostalgia” — he then took up the creation of abstract compositions on canvases and walls alike. Ashastin is now experimenting, integrating various styles and images into his work. His visual language has taken shape under the influence of digital culture, technology, subcultures and the aesthetics of street art.
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Kirill Ashastin began his creative journey with graffiti. The artist’s experience of street practice is evident in the abstract pieces that he creates with the help of aerosol paints and other traditional graffiti tools. The boundless and lifeless cosmic landscape of his new work, as if invented for a retro-futuristic game, reminds the viewer of the vulnerability and uniqueness of living nature. It is also a reference to real landscapes, which have been reinterpreted by the author in different categories of digital aesthetics.

Location: Salut Cultural Centre
Artem
Stefanov
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Artem Stefanov is a muralist, graphic designer and curator from Moscow. From 2006 to 2015 he was a member of the art collective ZUKCLUB. Today Stefanov is the author of a large number of monumental street artworks, featuring geometric motifs and optical effects. He always takes into account the context and landscape of the environment for which he is creating a mural. Stefanov’s work can be found in many large cities in Russia, as well as Armenia, Georgia, Estonia, Austria, Switzerland, Morocco and India.
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This dynamic polychromatic composition by Artem Stefanov works by establishing a contrast with the monochrome tones of the walls of a Moscow school. On one hand, the kaleidoscopic pattern is reminiscent of the refraction of light in the facets of precious stones, metaphorically reflecting the image of the school as a place where young minds are “cut”, while on the other, the multitude of shades of colour and form speak of the uniqueness and individuality of every pupil.
Moscow Oil Refinery School, Kapotnya, 24 3rd block
IVAN
NINETY
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Ivan Ninety is an artist and collagist from Protvino, a town near Moscow. He began his creative journey in 2007 with classical graffiti and a parallel interest in film photography. Ninety typically chooses restrained tones for his collages. The artist’s work can be found in private collections in Russia, Poland, the Czech Republic, Germany, the UK, Israel, Brazil and Australia.
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In his latest work, the artist Ivan Ninety creates a collective image of Soviet Moscow. In the right-hand part of the mural is a modified version of Soviet photographer and journalist Semyon Fridlyand’s photograph “Tverskaya after the Rain”. A cyclist, a car, pedestrians and their reflection in the puddles on the asphalt blend into paper cuttings and the patterns of Soviet carpets. On the left of the mural is an abstract composition based on parts of collages by the author.
Rassvet Factory, 3/2 Stolyarny Lane
VOVA
NOOTK
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Vova Nootk is a Moscow-based graphic artist and illustrator. Nootk first appeared in the late 1990s and today is one of the most recognisable artists on the street art scene. A distinguishing feature of his work, in which he combines illustration with an animation aesthetic, is the amusing characters it contains. Nootk not only paints on buildings and canvases, but also collaborates with well-known brands. He has participated in various biennales and contemporary art exhibitions in Russia, the UK, Germany and Spain.
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In this new work by the Moscow graphic artist Vova Nootk you can see the process of fabric production. At the turn of the 20th century, Moscow was Russia’s textile capital, and the Danilovskaya Manufactory Partnership was one of the city’s most famous manufacturers. Threads extend from eight spools on the left side, turning into fabric with a distinctive pattern. The abstract mural is a reference to the history of the textile factory but also underlines its
transformation into a contemporary reclaimed factory district.
Danilovskaya Manufactura, Varshavskoe shosse 9 s 1
SILA
SVETA
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Sila Sveta (“Power of Light”) is an international interactive media studio. Since 2007 the studio team has been creating installations and multimedia shows. Sila Sveta’s projects include a screening of Swan Lake on the façade of the Bolshoi Theatre, an animated homage to Malevich on the walls of the Tretyakov Gallery, designing stage visuals for rapper Drake’s North American tour, a 25-minute multimedia show at the opening of the Trans Studio Cibubur theme park in Jakarta, and many others.
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“Flying city / Point of View"
In 1928 the visionary Georgy Krutikov, a student of the architect Nikolai Ladovsky, defended his famous graduation project "City of the Future". He proposed a radical solution for the preservation of our planet: moving residential buildings into the air, leaving only work and recreation zones on the surface of the Earth. He also devised special living capsules that could fly. It was this project that inspired the Sila Sveta (“Power of Light”) team to create “Flying City / Point of View”. The artists tried to preserve as much of the original concept as possible and, with respect for the original, reinterpreted the construction and texture of the city. Using their knowledge of light and space, the studio’s artists have brought the pencil drawings into the 3D world of augmented reality.
Location: Museum of Moscow
The project is based on Georgy Krutikov’s graduation project “City of the Future (the Evolution of Architectural Principles in City Planning and the Organisation of Housing): The ‘Labour Commune’ Residential Complex” (1928), Shchusev State Museum of Architecture.
ARISTARKH CHERNYSHEV
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Aristarkh Chernyshev was one of the first artists in Russia to begin working with media art. Chernyshev creates media sculptures, video, interactive objects, and mixed media objects, combining 3D-printing and other new technologies. In his projects he analyses information flows and reinterprets man’s dependency on them, and also devises concepts for gadgets and new services linked to the development of social networks, genetic engineering and other technologies.
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“Electric Beetle”

Aristarkh Chernyshev is a pioneer of multimedia interactive art in Russia. He devotes most of his time to the creative reinterpretation of excessive consumption, man’s dependence on digital technologies, and the problems of the environment. In his new work Chernyshev looks into the future and creates an electric beetle, a synthetic organism whose chief function is obtaining “green” energy without burning fossil fuels and other natural resources. The electricity inside it is generated from agricultural waste and accumulates in a special reserve, from where it is then supplied to the end user.

Location: Moscow Zoo (there is a charge for entry)

Stain
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The Moscow studio Stain has been creating audiovisual projects, spaces and light installations with an abstract aesthetic since 2009. The studio’s artists are engaged in studying the properties of media and human perception, using algorithmic and interactive methods. In 2020 three works by Stain were presented at the exhibition “Laboratory of the Future: Kinetic Art in Russia”, which took place at the Manezh exhibition hall in St. Petersburg, and in 2021 they were exhibited at the Tretyakov Gallery.
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“Wind Integrals”

“Wind Integrals” is a fantasy object that brings the study of the properties of nature to a new level that is not subject to the logic of modern science. For its creators, the idea of understanding and calculating the wind with the help of this unusual device became an allegory of the infinity of human knowledge. With its numerous moving parts, “Wind Integrals” has been created not only to calculate the known characteristics of the wind, but also for the study of undetected and uncharacteristic parameters: hyper-connectivity, polyformity, super-resistance or immanence.
The hypothesis of the possible existence of these properties broadens our understanding of the wind as a complex entity, and also makes it possible to see previously unnoticed relationships in nature.

Neskuchny Garden, Gorky Park
Kuflex
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Founded in 2011, this digital art studio specialises in the creation of immersive interactive spaces. Kuflex’s first customer
was Microsoft. In 2017 a permanent exhibition of work by the studio opened at the Sveta Abrau Gallery in Abrau-Dyurso on Russia’s Black Sea coast. In 2018 four projects by Kuflex were chosen for New Media Installation, a digest of the best digital art. The studio’s work has been exhibited in Russia, the U.S., China, Europe, the Philippines, and other countries.
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“Quantum Vegetable”

The modern world is a world of genetic engineering in which scientists can transform living organisms by removing what is unnecessary and adding something new. It’s likely that in several decades enhanced trees and flowers will be growing in the parks and forests — plants that are able to glow in the dark or change colour in real time. However, the Russian interactive digital art studio Kuflex decided not to wait, but to visualise the flora of the future on their own. The “Quantum Vegetable” they created, which has temporarily put down its roots in the Hermitage Garden, is able to change its colours and convert external noises and the human voice into sound sketches in real time. Every meeting with this plant will be unique.

Location: Hermitage Garden
Photo by Daniel Kellenberger
WORKSHOP 15
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Workshop 15 was founded in 2018. The studio’s approach is based on combining contemporary art and video games. Workshop 15 employs virtual reality, augmented reality, digital twins, neural networks and techno-shamanism to create media art projects. Alfutova and Kravtsov’s work has at various times been presented at leading art venues in Moscow, New York, Venice, Paris, the Hague, Linz, Krakow and other cities around the world.
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“Cloud Hub”
For Workshop 15, the grounds of the Museum of Cosmonautics were a prompt to enter a dialogue with a space directly linked to the conquest of the cosmos. In the official Soviet space programme, Yuri Gagarin was the central mythological figure. In this multimedia work, however, that role goes to invented characters: virtual cloud-trees, which have grown up in vast number around the monument to the “Conquerors of Space”. In this way, the grounds of the museum transform into a celestial transfer hub, where steps descend from rockets and clouds form. At any minute the trees could tear themselves away from the surface and soar upwards.

Location: Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics
ОБЪЕКТЫ ПРОЕКТА
OBJECTS
ROMAN ERMAKOV
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Больше десяти лет Роман Ермаков создает паблик-арт-объекты и кинетические костюмы. Мировую известность художнику принесла авангардная коллекция «Живые скульптуры», увидевшая свет в 2009 году. Первая персональная выставка «Танцующая ось пятого измерения» открылась в галерее «Здесь на Таганке» в 2019 году и была посвящена городской скульптуре. В 2020 году вместе с группой студентов Ермаков разработал шестиметровую инсталляцию «Юла» для арт-парка «Таврида», а в 2021 году его «Стабильная композиция» стала частью выставки паблик-арта «Красный сад» на Красной площади.
Работа из серии «танцующая ось пятого измерения»
Работа из серии «Танцующая ось пятого измерения»
Объекты Романа Ермакова часто контрастируют с окружающей средой благодаря яркой расцветке и экспрессивной форме. В своих работах автор пытается зафиксировать энергию разных пластичных форм, создать иллюзию движения и внутреннего напряжения композиции. Скульптура, представленная на Манежной площади, изображает фантазийное существо из другого измерения. Попадая в наш трёхмерный мир, под влиянием законов физики оно превращается в замысловатый арт-объект. Зрителю предлагается поверить в существование неизвестного мира и самостоятельно интерпретировать работу художника.

Место размещения: Манежная площадь
Манежная площадь

Roman Ermakov has been creating public art objects and kinetic costumes for more than 10 years. The artist rose to world fame in 2009 with his avant-garde collection "Living Sculptures". His first personal exhibition "The Dancing Axis of the Fifth Dimension" opened in 2019 and was devoted to urban sculpture. In 2020 Ermakov teamed up with a group of students to develop the six-metre installation "Yula" for the Tavrid art park, and in 2021 his "Stable Composition" became part of an exhibition of public art on Red Square.

Artworks from the series “The Dancing Axis of the Fifth Dimension”

With their bright colour scheme and expressive form, Roman Ermakov’s objects often form a contrast with the surrounding environment. The artist attempts in his work to capture the energy of different plastic forms, to create an illusion of motion and the inner tension of a composition. The sculpture presented in the courtyard of the Museum of Moscow depicts a fantastical entity from another dimension. Entering our three-dimensional world, it becomes subject to the laws of physics and transforms into an intricate art object. The viewer is invited to believe in the existence of an unknown world and interpret the artist’s work in their own way.

Location: Museum of Moscow
SERGEI SHEKHOVTSOV
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Сергей Шеховцов прославился умением работать с окружающими нас символами и знаками — начиная с архитектурных и скульптурных памятников разных эпох и заканчивая пёстрыми образами, выхваченными из современных медиа. В новой работе художник в свойственном ему ироничном стиле трансформирует известный кинематографический и художественный сюжет. В этом изящном высказывании он напоминает о знаменитом советском фильме и призывает не забывать о главном чувстве в нашей жизни. Получается яркий образ современной культуры, достойный как вдумчивого созерцания, так и быстрого селфи для Instagram.
«Любовь и голуби»
Сергей Шеховцов называет себя «абсолютно классическим художником», но, в отличие от великих скульпторов прошлого, в своих работах использует лёгкие и недолговечные современные материалы: поролон, пенопласт, пластик. В 2004 году Шеховцов представлял Россию на биеннале в Сан-Паулу, в 2009 стал одним из экспонентов Русского павильона на Венецианской биеннале, персональные выставки художника прошли в Пермском музее современного искусства PERMM (2011) и в Третьяковской галерее (2014).

Место размещения: ГБУК г. Москвы «Музей-усадьба «Кусково» (вход платный)
ГБУК г. Москвы «Музей-усадьба «Кусково» (вход платный)

Sergei Shekhovstov describes himself as a “classic artist” but, unlike the great sculptors of the past, in his work he uses light and impermanent modern materials. In 2004 Shekhovstov represented Russia at the biennial in São Paulo, and in 2009 he was one of the exhibiting artists at the Russian pavilion at the Venice Biennale. Personal exhibitions of his work have been held at the Perm Museum of Contemporary Art (2011) and the Tretyakov Gallery (2014).                              

“Love and Pigeons”

Sergei Shekhovtsov became famous for his ability to work with the symbols and signs around us, beginning with architectural and sculptural monuments and ending with variegated images harvested from contemporary media. This new work sees the artist transform a well-known cinematic and artistic subject in his characteristically ironic style. In this elegant statement, he recalls the famous Soviet film of the same name and calls upon us not to forget the most important feeling in life. The result is a vivid image of contemporary culture, worthy of thoughtful contemplation as well as a quick selfie for Instagram.

Location: Kuskovo Museum Estate (there is a charge for entry)

ALEXANDER
GRIGORYEV
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«Размышление куба о круге»
Известный российский художник Александр Григорьев более сорока лет работает в области геометрической абстракции, создает кинетические объекты и занимается театральной пластикой. Объект «Размышление куба о круге» представляет собой конструктивный куб с вписанными в него шестью окружностями и сложной паутиной шнуров-нитей. Проект выполнен в духе масштабных кинетических работ художника прошлых лет. Он выявляет пространственные особенности исторической застройки, позволяя по-новому ощутить ландшафт Хитровской площади.

Место размещения: Хитровская площадь
Российский художник и график. С 1967 по 1972 год входил в состав группы «Движение». Григорьев известен как автор абстрактных живописных полотен и пространственных кинетических объектов, кроме этого, он занимается театральной пластикой, а также экспериментирует с фотографическими техниками. В 2017 году его объект из оргстекла «Взаимопроникновение» был представлен на выставке «Увлечения. Личная коллекция Владимира Спивакова» в Музее русского импрессионизма. В 2018 году Григорьев принял участие в проекте «Трансатлантическая альтернатива. Кинетическое искусство и оп-арт в Восточной Европе и Латинской Америке в 
1950—1970-е» Музея современного искусства «Гараж». В 2020 году произведение художника «Квадрат в кубе» было показано на выставке «Лаборатория Будущего. Кинетическое искусство в России» в санкт-петербургском выставочном зале «Манеж».
Хитровская площадь
Alexander Grigoryev is a Russian painter and graphic artist who was part of the Dvizhenie ("Movement") group from 1967 to 1972. He is well-known for his abstract paintings and spatial kinetic objects. In 2018 Grigoryev’s art was featured in "The Other Trans-Atlantic" at the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art. In 2020 the artist’s work "Square in a Cube" was shown at the exhibition "Laboratory of the Future: Kinetic Art in Russia" at the Manezh exhibition hall in St. Petersburg.
“A Cube Ponders a Circle”             

The renowned Russian artist Alexander Grigoryev, who has been working with geometric abstractions for more than 40 years, creates kinetic objects and theatrical scenery. The object “A Cube Ponders a Circle” is a central cube surrounded by six circles, formed from a complex lattice of cords. Created in the spirit of the large-scale kinetic objects the artist has produced in previous years, the artwork reveals the spatial features of historical buildings, allowing us to experience the landscape of Khitrovskaya Square in a new way.


Location: Khitrovskaya Square