Oleg Kulik was born in 1961 in Kyiv. In 1982, he graduated from the College of Geological-Exploration Technologies, and in 1986, after military service, he moved to Moscow. Until the early 1990s, Kulik worked on transparent plexiglass art objects. In 1990, he became an 'exhibitor' of the OVCHARENKO gallery (until 2018 — Regina). Kulik curated such exhibitions as 'Self-standing Art', where paintings by Oleg Golosiy were carried on wheels around the hall, 'First-hand Art,' where soldiers held pieces from the collection of Vladimir Ovcharenko, and many others. One of the first performances by Oleg Kulik took place at the gallery in 1992. A Butcher slaughtered a pig in the exhibition hall, then gave the meat away to the visitors. In 1994, Kulik performed as a dog for the first time. The performance was soon showcased at the Kunsthalle in Zurich, Rotterdam (at the Manifesta 1). During this period, he created the photo series 'Zophrenia' (1998), 'Museum of Nature or a New Paradise' (2001), 'Russian' (1999). All of them featured the fictional character of a naked man. Kulik continued to work with the theme of transparency in the series 'Slogans,' which he presented at the gallery in 2003. In 2002, the Zoological Museum in Moscow exhibited "stuffed" people by Kulik for the first time. Sculptures represented three symbols of Russia: a tennis player, an actress, and an astronaut. After a trip to Mongolia in 2003, the artist got fascinated with Buddhism. Following his interest in spiritual practices, Kulik curated the 'I Believe' exhibition, where the artists suggested their expanded interpretations of "irrational," "sacred," and "intuitive." And in 2013, this time as an artist, Kulik continued this theme in his solo project 'Frames' (OVCHARENKO). Nowadays, Oleg Kulik works mainly with painting and sculpture (exhibitions 'Our Mother,' 2018; 'The End,' 2020).
First-hand Art. The Collector's View: Looking back and Forward13 Nov 2020 - 27 Jan 2021This year, the OVCHARENKO Gallery celebrates its thirtieth anniversary. It is a grand and joyful celebration, not only because it, in fact, aligns with the anniversary of our new state,...
The Team I Can't Live WithoutGroup Show 8 Nov - 6 Dec 2013'The team from our youth, the team we can't live without!' Regina Gallery presents an exhibition featuring some of today's most progressive Russian artists, curated by Mikhail Ovcharenko. The show...
Oleg KulikFrames 8 Apr - 15 Jun 2013Only a really lazy person has not discussed the notorious fame of Oleg Kulik during the recent two or three decades. Transparent invisible objects, brutal Expo Art of the 1990s...
Oleg KulikDeep into Russia 10 Oct - 17 Nov 2012Regina Gallery is pleased to present Deep Into Russia , a solo show by Oleg Kulik. The exhibition is the a ! ist's first solo show in the UK presenting...
Oleg KulikSlogan (Losung) 6 Feb - 15 Mar 2003At the start of his career Oleg Kulik was obsessed with transparency. His early (late 1980s) works, rather docile Perspex cases, were quickly dismissed and gave place to the whole...
Oleg KulikThe Russian 8 Dec 1999 - 21 Jan 2000Kulik's new project presents The Russian as a symbol in a familiar set of signs: the Red Square, the Mausoleum, the Lenin Library (the biggest library of the USSR), Our...
The Apology of Remaining Behind the Wall, or First Hand ArtGroup exhibition 27 - 28 Jun 1992Из коллекции Владимира Овчаренко. Экспозиционный проект Олега Кулика (Название предложено К. Гадаевым). Очередной жертвой шок — идеолога проекта Олега Кулика стали на этот раз рота солдат и, как всегда, зрители....
Nina KertselliMona Nina 18 - 28 Apr 1992Exposition project by Oleg Kulik. Mono-log, first-person speech or confession with an open visor – something risky old fashioned looks through in such statement of the topic, it is surrounded...
Oleg Kulik, NikolaiPiggly Wiggly mskes presents 11 Apr 1992Exposition by Oleg Kulik (the name is proposed by V. Fishkin). The only thing a person can not afford is inaction. He is forced to produce everything he needs. Do...
Patricia Cox, Anna Chizhova, Simona SokhranskayaTraces on the Platform 21 Dec 1991Слава Богу, что снег на самом деле мокрый Снег в конце декабря выпал, и выставка состоялась: гипсовые следы женского тела на подиумах из снега. Мрамороподобные тающие подиумы должны были, по...
Oleg Kulik. The End. Vladey Space. Moscow, Russia.
Irresponsible Painting. GUM-Red-Line. Moscow, Russia.
Golden Fleece. MMC Kibla. Maribor, Slovenia.
Our Mother. Szena Gallery. Moscow, Russia.
Frames. Regina Gallery. Moscow, Russia.
Deep into Russia. Regina Gallery. London, UK.
Composition 911. Multimedia Art Museum. Moscow, Russia.
The Solo Show. The Mironova Gallery. Kiev, Ukraine.
Vespers of the Blessed Virgin. 54th Venice Biennale. Scuola Grande di San Rocco. Venice, Italy.
Messiah / Handel. Stage director, costume and stage designer. Théâtre du Châtelet. Paris, France.
Deep into Russia. Galleria Pack. Milan, Italy.
Moscow. TSUM. Spatial Liturgy N3. TSUM. Moscow, Russia.
Vespro della Beata Vergine, 1610. Stage director. Théâtre du Châtelet. Paris, France.
New Sermon. Photos and Videos of performances 1993–2003. Rabouan-Moussion Gallery. Paris, France.
Oleg Kulik. Chronicle. 1987–2007. Central House of Artists. Moscow, Russia.
Gobi Test. XL Gallery. Moscow, Russia.
Fragments. Exhibition within the framework of Photobiennale 2004. Tsereteli Art Gallery. Moscow, Russia.
Losung. Regina Gallery. Moscow, Russia.
Oleg Kulik. ЛОЗУНГ — LOSUNG — SLOGAN — MESSAGE. The State Russian Museum. Saint Petersburg, Russia.
Cosmonaut, one-day show. The State Museum of Architecture. Moscow, Russia.
Museum. XL Gallery. Moscow, Russia
Architectural Extravagances. M. Guelman Gallery. Moscow, Russia.
Oleg Kulik Art Animal. Ikon Gallery. Birmingham, UK.
Deep into Russia. Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst. Gent, Germany.
Alice vs. Lolita. Rabouan-Moussion Gallery. Paris, France.
The Russian. Regina Gallery. Moscow, Russia.
Oleg Kulik. Rabouan-Moussion Gallery. Paris, France.
The same and Skotinin. XL Gallery. Moscow, Russia.
My Family, or Nature Is Perfect. M. Guelman Gallery. Moscow, Russia.
End of History, or Kulik Visits the Emperors. XL Gallery. Moscow, Russia.
I Love Gorby. M. Guelman Gallery. Moscow, Russia.
Premonition of Non-Freedom. Palace of Youth. Moscow, Russia.
Paradox as Method. Exhibition hall of the Sevastopolskiy district. Moscow, Russia.
Spring Auction 2021. Presale Exhibition. Vladey. Ekaterina Cultural Foundation. Moscow, Russia.
Dream Catchers. Ilona-K Artspace. Moscow, Russia.
First-hand Art. A Collector’s View: Looking Back and Forward. OVCHARENKO. Moscow, Russia.
Contemporary Art from the Marat Guelman Collection. The State Tretyakov Gallery. Moscow, Russia.
One Family. GUM-Red-Line. Moscow, Russia.
Art of the 2000s. The State Tretyakov Gallery. Moscow, Russia.
New Slogans. HSE Art Gallery. Moscow, Russia.
Electric Russia. Victoria Gallery. Samara, Russia.
Contemporary Art 1960–2000. Reboot. The State Tretyakov Gallery. Moscow, Russia.
Pussy Riot and the Cossacks. Institut Supérieur des Beaux Arts de Besançon/Franche-Comté. Besançon, France.
Post Pop: East Meets West. Saatchi Gallery. London, UK.
Precious Frame. The Picture and the Frame. Dialogues. The State Tretyakov Gallery. Moscow, Russia.
GELITIN. DIE TUSOVKA RUNDE. Ground Solyanka. Moscow, Russia.
In Search of the Horizon. Latvian Railway History Museum. Riga, Latvia.
Transition and Transition. Josip Vaništa, Oleg Kulik, Blue Noses. Ludwig Museum. Budapest, Hungary.
The Team I Can't Live Without. Regina Gallery. Moscow, Russia.
Artist in Society. Rabouan Moussion Gallery. Paris, France.
Lost in Translation. Collateral Event of the 55th Venice Biennale. Ca'Foscari Esposizion. Venice, Italy.
FLUIDENTITETI. Podgorica Collection for the Ars Aevi Museum. Umjetnička galerija Bosne i Hercegovine. Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
In an Absolute Disorder. Russian Contemporary Art. Kandinsky Prize 2007–2012. Arts Santa Monica. Barcelona, Spain.
La Peau de l’Ours. Rabouan Moussion Gallery. Paris, France.
The Best of Times, The Worst of Times. Rebirth and Apocalypse in Contemporary Art. 1st Kyiv international Biennale of Contemporary Art ARSENALE 2012. Mystetskyi Arsenal. Kiev, Ukraine.
With Criminal Energy — Art and Crime in the 21st Century. HALLE 14. Leipzig, Germany.
GLASSTRESS 2011. Collateral Event of the 54th International Art Exhibition, Venice Biennale. Istituto Veneto di Scienze Lettere ed Arti — Palazzo Cavalli Franchetti; Berengo Centre for Contemporary Art and Glass; Wake Forest University, Casa Artom, Venice, Italy.
Russian Turbulence. Charles Riva Collection. Brussels, Belgium.
Surreal Versus Surrealism in Contemporary Art. Instituto Valenciano de Arte Moderno. Valencia, Spain.
Doors Open Day. A Mansion – a Gymnasium – a Clinic – a Museum. Moscow Museum of Modern Art. Moscow, Russia.
Subjective Visions / Works from the Stella Art Foundation Collection. Parallel program of II Thessaloniki Biennale. Thessaloniki Cultural Center. Thessaloniki, Greece.
Common History and Its Private Stories. Museum auf Abruf. Vienna, Austria.
History of Russian Video Art. Volume 2. Moscow Museum of Modern Art. Moscow, Russia.
Sots Art. Political Art in Russia and China. The State Tretyakov Gallery. Moscow, Russia
The Diary of an Artist. Special project of the II Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art. Central House of Artists. Moscow, Russia.
Reiz und Risiko. Museum Haus für Kunst Uri. Altdorf, Switzerland.
Origin of Species: Art in Epoch of Social Darwinism. The Museum of Modern Art. Toyama, Japan.
Video Installation by Oleg Kulik. Performances. Center for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle. Warsaw, Poland — CCA. Kiev, Ukraine; Ljubljana, Slovenia — The State Tretyakov Gallery. Moscow, Russia.
RUSSIA! Guggenheim Museum. New York, USA.
RUSSIA! Guggenheim Museum. Bilbao, Spain.
Russia-2. Special project of the 1st Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art. Central House of Artists. Moscow, Russia.
STARZ. Special project of the 1st Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art. Moscow Museum of Contemporary Art. Moscow, Russia.
Accomplices. Collective and Interactive Artworks in Russian Art of the 1960–2000's. Special project of the 1st Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art. The State Tretyakov Gallery. Moscow, Russia.
Always a Little Further. 51th Venice Biennale. Arsenale. Venice, Italy.
Russian Pop-Art. The State Tretyakov Gallery. Moscow, Russia.
Angels of History. Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst. Antwerp, Belgium.
NA KURORT! Russische Kunst Heute. Kunsthalle. Baden Baden, Germany.
«НА КУРОРТ!». Central Manege. Moscow, Russia.
Watch Out! Art from Moscow and St. Petersburg. Museet for Samtidskunst. Oslo, Norway.
Berlin–Moskau. Berlin–Moskau. Martin Gropius Bau. Berlin, Germany.
Berlin–Moskau. Berlin–Moskau. The State Historical Museum. Moscow, Russia.
Horizons of Reality. Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst. Antwerp, Belgium.
Absolute Generation. 50th Venice Biennale. Palazzo Zenobio. Venice, Italy.
The Ideal City. II Bienal de Valencia. Valencia, Spain.
Davaj! Russian Art Now. Aus dem Laboratorium der freien Künste in Russland. Postfuhramt. Berlin, Germany;
Russland. Österreichisches Museum für Angewandte Kunst. Vienna, Austria.
The Russian Patient. Freud Museum. London, UK.
IV Cetinje Biennale. National Museum of Montenegro. Cetinje, Montenegro.
House and Windows. 49th Venice Biennale. Yugoslavian Pavilion. Venice, Italy.
The Body & Sin (Art is the Virtue of Communication). I Bienal de Valencia. Valencia, Spain.
Trans Sexual Express Barcelona. A Classic for the Third Millennium. Centre d'Art Santa Monica. Barcelona, Spain
Performing Bodies. Tate Modern. London, UK.
Dynamic Couples. Central Manege. Moscow, Russia.
After the Wall. Art and Culture in post-Communist Europe. Hamburger Bahnhof. Berlin, Germany.
After the Wall. Art and Culture in post-Communist Europe. Ludwig Museum. Budapest, Hungary.
«Безумный двойник. Выставка смешного искусства». State Centre for Contemporary Art Arsenal. Nizhny Novgorod, Russia.
Le fou dédoublé. L'idiotie comme stratégie contemporaine. Château d'Orion. Orion, France.
After the Wall. Art and Culture in post-Communist Europe. Moderna Museet. Stockholm.
«Безумный двойник. Выставка смешного искусства». Regional Art Museum. Samara, Russia.
«Безумный двойник. Выставка смешного искусства». Museum of Fine Arts. Ekaterinburg, Russia.
Another Reality. Within the framework of the Moscow International Month of Photography Photobiennale 98. Central Manege. Moscow, Russia.
Summer Exhibition. Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst. Gent, Belgium.
XXIV San Paolo Biennale. São Paulo, Brazil.
Moscow Today / Moscou Vandaag. Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst. Gent, Belgium.
It's a Better World. Russischer Aktionismus und sein Kontext. Wiener Secession. Vienna, Austria.
III Cetinjski Bijenale. Museum of History and Arts. Cetinje, Montenegro.
V Istanbul International Biennale. Imper Mint. Istanbul, Turkey.
De Rode Poort. Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst. Gent, Belgium.
No Man's Land. Contemporary Art Centre Nikolaj. Copenhagen, Denmark.
Logics of Paradox. Palace of Youth. Moscow, Russia.
Out of Genre. Palace of Youth. Moscow, Russia.