Published by Hatje Cantz. Introduction by Lorand Hegyi, Olga Sviblova. Text by Pavel Pepperstein.
In Russian artist Pavel Pepperstein’s (born 1966) paintings, motifs from Russian and ancient mythology encounter avant-garde forms in the style of Malevich and Hollywood or sci-fi scenes. This catalogue includes a selection of his stories.
Published by Hatje Cantz Publishers. Edited by Matthias Haldemann. Essays by Boris Groys, Ilya Kabakov, and Viktor Mazin.
Pavel Pepperstein, one of the best-known artists and authors of Russia's younger generation, represents an important link between the elder exponents of Moscow Conceptualism and the young artists of his homeland. While working for the Kunsthaus Zug, Switzerland, from 1998 to 2002, he invited select Russian guests to take part in exhibitions within the context of an unusual collection project. His invitees included the groups Inspection Medical Hermeneutics (which he helped found) and Russland, plus Viktor Pivovarov, Viktor Mazin, Boris Groys, and Ilya Kabakov. Zug thus became a meeting place for Russian artists and their friends, as well as an increasingly interested and enthusiastic audience--an excellent example of sustainable cultural exchange. Pepperstein himself normally painted without preliminary sketches and directly on museum walls, creating brilliant pictures that were painted over after each show. Only in a local schoolhouse, bank, and prison were walls made available for the creation of permanent works which would comprise an expanded, publicly accessible museum collection. Swiss photographer Guido Baselgia documented the successful project over a period of five years.