Using artistic, political, scientific, and museological histories to uncover and propose potential futures, Arseny Zhilyaev explores a productive space between fiction and non-fiction. Within his recent projects, the artist casts a revisionist lens on the heritage of soviet museology and meaning of museum in Russian Cosmism. Zhilyaev is an editor of Avant-Garde Museology, V-a-c Press with E-flux and Minnesota Press, 2015. Since 2011, artist has also been a member of the editorial board of the Moscow Art Magazine. He is a contributor of E-flux Journal and other. Zhilyaev graduated from Voronezh State University, Philosophical Faculty (2006); Moscow Institute of Contemporary Art (2008); and MA International Programs, Valand School of Fine Arts, Goteborg, Sweden (2010). Recent accolades include Russian awards in the sphere of contemporary art, and a nomination for the Visible Award in 2013.
Arseny Zhilyaev is the winner of the “Innovation VI” russian state award in the sphere of contemporary art, the special prize of Stella Art Foundation in 2010, the russian award “Soratnik 2010” and “Soratnik 2012” (“Companion-in-Arms”). The artist was nominated for the international Visible Award 2013 and Absolute Award 2015. In 2013-2014 Zhilyaev was awarded a scholarship within the program of Contemporary Art Museum “Garage” (Moscow) to support young Russian artist .

Arseny Zhilyaev at the Venice Biennale 2015. Courtesy of Artribune
Arseny Zhilyaev
Voronezh, 1984

Solo Shows

Cradle of Humankind-3, Kunstverein, Leipzig, Germany
Future Histories (with Mark Dion), Casa dei Tre Oci, V-a-c Foundation, Venice, Italy

R.C.C. Y.H.V. “Memorial Exhibition, VCCA, Voronezh, Russia
Yerevan Museum of Future History (in collaboration with collective of the project), Art-Laboratory, Yerevan, Armenia
M.I.R.: Polite Guests from the Future, Kadist Art Foundation, San Francisco, USA
M.I.R.: New Paths to the Objects, Kadist Art Foundation, Paris, France

Save the Light, RND gallery, Moscow

Museum of Proletarian Culture. The Industrialization of Bohemia, Tretyakov State Gallery, Moscow
Pedagogical Poem. Archive of the Future Museum of History, Presnya museum, V-a-c Foundation, Moscow

Group Shows

Untitled (two takes on crisis), de Appel, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Museum On/Off, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France

La vie Moderne, 13th edition of the Biennale de Lyon, France
The Worker and Kolkhoz Woman. Personal Case, Worker and Kolkhoz Woman Museum, Moscow, Russia
…YAY! Sculpture!, Winzavod, Moscow, Russia
Really, Socialism?, Momenta Art, New York, USA
Modern Art Museum: The Department of Labour and Employment, Fine Art Museum of Ekaterinburg, in framework of 3d Ural Industrial Biennale, Ekaterinburg, Russia
Expanding Space. Artistic Practice in the Urban Environment, V-a-c Foundation, Moscow, Russia
Russland vs. Russland. Kulturkonflikte, Kunstraum Kreuzberg, Berlin, Germany
Rare Earth, TBA 21, Vienna, Austria
Specters of Communism, e-flux and James Gallery, New York, USA

Truth Searcher, Victoria Gallery, Samara, Russia
Last Weekend on The Voronezh Sea, Don Foundation, Rostov-on-Don, Russia
IK 00: The Spaces of Confinement, Casa dei Tre Oci, V-a-c Foundation, Venice, Italy
Short History of Voronezh Art, Parallel Program of Vienna Art Fair, Vienna, Austria
Detective, MMOMA, Moscow

Dreaming Russia, Albertina Museum, Vienna, Austria
Museum of Modern Art. Department of Work and Employment, Tretyakov State Gallery, Moscow
Re-Aligned, Tromsø Kunstforening, Tromso, Norway
From Here to Afternoon, Laura Lee Blanton Gallery, Houston, USA
Under the Sign «PI», VCCA, Voronezh, Russia
Disobedience Archive (The Republic), Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Turin, Italy
Living as Form. Nomadic Version, Fabric, Moscow, Russia

Kandinsky Prize, Udarnik, Moscow
The Way of Enthusiasts, Casa dei Tre Oci, V-a-c Foundation, Venice, Italy
Under a Tinsel Sun, main project of Moscow International Biennale for Young Art, Moscow
Génération P, Festival RussenKo, Le Kremlin-Bicêtre, France

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Voronezh Country of birth: Russia Date of birth: 1984 Lives in: Moscow and Voronezh, Russia
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