Artika Collection. Art Moscow 2013

.We’re glad to inform you that a part of the Artika’s corporate collection was exhibited at the Art Moscow from the 18th until the 22d of September 2013
The name of the new corporate collection of contemporary art, initiated by Elvira Tarnogradskaya, Alexander Kurnaev and Dmitry Markov, evokes geographical associations, prompting to think about some unexplored continent.

It is true, as one of the main activities of «Artika» company is a construction of some kind of parallel art-geography, the consistent promotion of the development of independent art colonies in the old buildings and industrial zones of Moscow. Collective workshops in Lebiazhy Lane (2010-2011), KOP studio at the «Plastic» factory (starting from 2011) — these are simultaneously art workshops and centers of contemporary culture, self-organizing as a parallel space, alternative to the official art system.

In this process there appeared a collection of works by contemporary Moscow artists that fully complies with the general meta-geographical vector. Where is meta-geography, there is meta-politics. That truly applies to the works of Georgy Ostretsov, who created 15 years ago parallel reality of New Government, saturated with comic-book imagery. His painting «Oligarch and alligator» refers to the realities of today, but the humor and the expressiveness brings it closer to NG series. The sculpture «Mickey and Mini» of Alexander Kosolapov, the founder of sots-art, a hybrid of ENEA USSR and Disneyland, also appeals to a certain parallel artistic reflection, where the differences between the world of soviet propaganda and western mass culture fade away. A portrait of Putin by Mamyshev-Monroe — either a product of professional image-maker or a handicraft of a self-taught artisan — takes the viewer into a carnival meta-political space. The same character, presented in a cartoon-style work of Liudmila Konstantinova «Just you wait!», moves into politics, mutating into a political animation. Generalized images of policemen and ordinary people on the canvases of Georgy Litichevsky are transferred into the impossible reality of yogic practices and self-eating. In the works of Sergey Anufriev, Sergey Pakhomov, Daria Krotova the unusual combination of familiar images brings the viewer off the ordinary reality.

For «Art Moscow» exhibition, from the collection of «Artika» company were chosen only works vividly reflecting the absurdity of contemporary life. The whole palette of diverse artistic practices makes a clear picture of the current Russia, a cast of the social reality in situ.


  • Natalya Lyakh at Russian Museum

  • Pierre-Christian Brochetо about one of his favorite contemporary artists, Valery Chtak

  • Государственная Третьяковская галерея представляет выставку передаваемых в дар музею произведений из коллекции Марата Гельмана.

  • “Art Paragraph”. Репортаж из художественной мастерской, а также офиса Артики

  • Reto Emch “Installtaion Jurassic Town”

  • “The center of everything”. A family of bright representetives of the contemporary art Gosha Ostretsov and Liudmila Konstantionova recently acquired a new art studio and turned it into a Power Place. Kommersant says.

  • (Russian) “Художник должен быть модным”

  • Martin Kasper.Architecture and Transgression

  • “I’ve been abducted hundreds of times” Gosha Ostretsov on the 57th Venice Biennale

  • Gosha Ostretsov, Irins Korina and Natalya Lyakh on the 57th Venice Biennale:

  • The Art Newspaper Russia about “Hypothetical dance” exhibition by George Litichevsky

  • Un cri, un coup de poing, droit dans les yeux, Vglaz !

  • The mental abduction of the artist

  • Liudmila Konstantinova’s personal exhibition NO AMBITIONS will be held in ERARTA Museum of contemporary art

  • Liudmila Konstantinova Hello Reality in MMOMA

  • The artist George Ostretsov: “I’ve been abducted for 100 times!”

  • “Intertext” group exhibition in museum of contemporary art Erarta

  • Kandinsky prize of 2015 is awarded to Olga Kroytor in the nomination Young Artist

  • (Russian) Вечерний Петербург “Голова моя машет ушами”

  • Interview in our KOP Studio. Paint me Tender

  • Last week swiss Artist Reto E.M.C.H. visited Artika.


  • “Educational film”: Bright colors of “rust belt” of Moscow by “Moscow 24” channel

  • «Maximum approximation»: Gosha Ostretsov for “Moscow 24” TV channel

  • Irina Korina is nominated to Innovation-2014

  • Dmitry Bulnygin’s exhibition “Nothing isperfect” in MAMM. Retrospective of video and photo works.

  • About the place and importance of emergency Art George Osrtetsov tells on the tv channel “Culture”

  • “Artika” goes japanese

  • PG group continues to stir the audience in London, in the Saatchi Gallery this time

  • PG group took a part in Passion For Freedom competition

  • New concept-car model on russian automobile market by George Ostretsov

  • Harper’s Bazaar Art 2013. Article about COP Studio

  • Artika Collection. Art Moscow 2013

  • KOP Studio. Winter shows

  • The Telegraph about Saatchi show

  • Gaiety is the Most Outstanding Feature of the Soviet Union

  • Art Newspaper Russia

  • Snob Magazine

  • Vglaz for Fraufluger

  • KOP Studio. Autumn exhibition schedule