Pavel Pepperstein is a Russian artist, writer, art critic, theoretician, designer, and rapper. He was born in 1966 in the family of nonconformist artist Victor Pivovarov and writer Irina Pivovarov. In 1985-1987 he attended the Academy of Fine Arts, Prague. In 1987, together with Sergey Anufriev and Yuri Leiderman, he founded the Inspection Medical Hermeneutics art group (Leiderman was replaced by Vladimir Fedorov four years later). The group was active till 2001.
Pepperstein’s practice serves as a point of contact between the older generation of Moscow conceptualists and the younger emerging artists. In Pepperstein's works, one sees mysterious hybrid worlds that combine motifs of Russian and classic mythology, avant-garde forms of El Lissitzky and Kazimir Malevich, and the entourage of Hollywood fiction. The author often accompanies this collage of cultures with his own handwritten commentary, adding a playful element to his work.
Pavel Pepperstein is the creator and ideologist of the "psychedelic realism" movement. His works mix recognizable cultural images and witty comments; the works are saturated with references to surrealism, Malevich's suprematism, oriental watercolours, pop art, book illustrations, and political caricature. Throughout his artistic career, Pepperstein has participated in over 100 solo and group exhibitions in Russia and abroad. He participated in the largest international biennials of contemporary art: Biennale in Sao Paulo (2004), Venice Biennale (2009), Manifesta (2014). In 2014, he won the Kandinsky Prize in the main category "Project of the Year" for the exhibition ‘Holy Politics’ (OVCHARENKO). The works by the artist are in the collections of the Russian Museum (St. Petersburg), the Tretyakov Gallery (Moscow), Louvre (Paris), Pompidou Center (Paris), Kunsthalle Düsseldorf (Dusseldorf), as well as in numerous private collections around the world.
"Observing Math Teacher" from the album OBSERVATION, 1984
The Birth of Hollywood, 2008
Are You Afraid Off?, 2008
Head and Horseman, 2008
Черный квадрат и Кембелл | Black Square and Campbell, 2008
Six-winged Seraph, 2008
American Whale and Black Square, 2008
Prophetic Oleg, 2008
Red Ants, 2008
Portrait of Capital, 2008
The Birth of Dollar, 2008
Three Stars, 2008
Shanghai Treaty, 2008
“Black Cube” Skyscraper (aka Malevich Tower), 2009
The Red Pyramid, 2009
A view of the City of Russia, the "Shell Civilization" at its heyday, 2009
From the series National Suprematism, 2009
From the series National Suprematism, 2009
“Oh God! They sent a man with a hangover again!”, 2009
“Let’s Go Back to Granny!”, 2009
“And the Balloon Flies…”, 2009
From the series National Suprematism, 2009
City of Russia, 2009
Realistic Painting in an Abstract Space, 2010
From Mordor With Love!, 2010
The Dying Gangster, 2010
English Square, 2010
The Dark-Red Star, 2010
The Flag Of Mordor, 2010
USA Square, 2010
Celebrated agent... (Bond), 2012
Фильм "Война с гигантским ребенком"/ Film "War with a Giant Child", 2013
Europa in Trouble, 2013
Big Bro is not Watching You, 2013
"The Ear of the World" - the center of Sound Research of the Cosmic Space. City "Russia", Year of 2333, 2014
"The Eye of The World" - the center of the Optical Research of Cosmic Space. City Russia, 2322, 2014
The Civilisation of Rolls 4018-4555, 2014
The Brain Dance, 2015
Mr. Kafka The Lord of Swamp from the series MIRACLES IN THE SWAMP, 2016
Attack on the swamp from the series MIRACLES IN THE SWAMP, 2016
Японский крокет | Japanese croquet, 2019
История потерянного зеркальца | Story of the lost mirror, 2021
Падение хулигана с забора, 2021
ZDRAVSTVUYTE!Group exhibition 26 Jul - 7 Sep 2023OVCHARENKO presents a new collective project in the framework of co-operation with the auction house VLADEY. The name of the exhibition of OVCHARENKO artists "HELLO!" (ZDRAVSTVUYTE!) has a double meaning. The complexity and at the same time the beauty of the Russian language allows you to find in the simple word "Hello!" both a wish of good health and a greeting at a meeting. And the meeting at the exhibition will be held with marvelous artists and their works of art.
For 33 years of his work OVCHARENKO, while the first exhibition of the gallery (then called "Regina") was held in September 1990, 278 group and solo exhibitions were held. In religion "33 years" are the age of Jesus Christ — the time of perfection, the period of life when the peak has been reached. Christ's rebirth occurred at the same time when he was 33, so " HELLO!" (ZDRAVSTVUYTE!).
Vladimir Ovcharenko, founder of VLADEY and OVCHARENKO: "The time in our country and in the world is not easy. And when was it easy? It is very complicated for artists now. Their world has completely changed. For many of them it has turned out to be tragic, while others continue to create magnificent works of art. We are happy to represent the best of the best, it is a great honour and responsibility. Moscow is a world-class cultural centre. And it always will be. It deserves new great art exhibitions. And they are coming!".
Over the last year and half OVCHARENKO in co-operation with VLADEY has frequently presented personal exhibitions of its artists, among them projects made by Alisa Gorshenina, Sergey Zarva, Alexey Kallima, Pavel Pepperstein and the PPSS art group, Ivan Razumov, Inal Savchenkov, Leonid Tshe and Nestor Engelke.
Artists: Victor Alimpiev, Sergey Bratkov, Oleg Golosiy, Stas Volyazlovsky, Erwin Wurm, Alisa Gorshenina, Mikhail Dolyanovsky, Sergey Zarva, Alexey Kallima, Egor Koshelev, Vlad Kulkov, Vladimir Logutov, Jonathan Meza, Ryan Mosley, Pavel Pepperstein, Jack Pearson, PPSS art Group, Daniel Richter, Inal Savchenkov, Maria Serebryakova, Semyon Faibisovich, Claire Fontaine, Leonid Tshe, Ivan Chuikov, Dmitry Shabalin, Nestor Engelke.
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,...
TUTTI FRUTTI13 Sep - 27 Nov 2016Mikhail Ovcharenko is the new director of Regina. Now, it's his responsibility to take care of and grow the gallery's many fruits, as he encourages everyone to get out of...
Pavel PeppersteinMiracles in the swamp 22 Apr - 5 Aug 2016It is Kafka’s hate towards history that Walter Benjamin variously discussed in his book «On Kafka». Indeed, distaste in history (historiophobia) is an interesting phenomenon which deserves closer scrutiny. Today...
Pavel PeppersteinHoly Politics 28 Jan - 22 Mar 2014It has been nearly five years since the last new project in Russia by Pavel Pepperstein. Since then his reputation and standing has been steadily on the rise. This year...
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...
Pavel PeppersteinInspection Medical Hermeneutics. The Pipe or The Alley of Longevity 13 Sep - 31 Oct 2012Regina Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of work by Inspection Medical Hermeneutics. The exhibition includes one of the group’s earliest installations ‘The Pipe or the Alley of Longevity’,...
Victor Pivovarov, Pavel PeppersteinOPHELIA 6 Apr - 19 May 2012Regina Gallery is pleased to present a two-person show featuring father and son art ists Viktor Pivovarov (b. 1937) and Pavel Pepperstein (b. 1966). Conceived as two separate bodies of...
Pavel PeppersteinFrom Mordor with Love 29 Jun - 1 Sep 2010This title, From Mordor with Love, implies that, in this case, I'm going to work with notions of our country as the country of evil... I believe that people of...
Diary of a MadmanGroup Show 18 Apr - 21 May 2010The REGINA Gallery is happy to present DIARY OF A MADMAN, a new group show featuring Sergey Bratkov (Russia), Valery Chtak (Russia), Tracey Emin (UK), Aleksei Kalima (R.ssia), Steven Parrino...
Pavel Pepperstein, Ivan RazumovSpring 15 Feb - 15 Mar 2010
Pavel PeppersteinEITHER-OR 13 Dec 2008 - 17 Jan 2009Regina Gallery is happy to present a new project by Pavel Peppershtein titled EITHER – OR. National Suprematism as a Project of a New Representative Style for Russia. At his...
Pavel PeppersteinALBUMS 20 Dec 2007 - 15 Jan 2008The “Collection” project starts with an exhibition of Pavel Pepperstein’s early works, which is to run simultaneously with his new series of paintings “City of Russia”. The exhibition, entitled “Albums”,...
Pavel PeppersteinCITY OF RUSSIA 25 Nov 2007 - 15 Jun 2008One of the oldest private galleries in Moscow, “Regina”, is pleased to welcome you to our new exhibition space in Winzavod. We turn a new page of our history and...
Pavel PeppersteinPENTAGON 9 - 15 Nov 2006Regina Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of new works by Pavel Pepperstein 'PENTAGON'.
Pavel PeppersteinHypnosis 5 Nov - 4 Feb 2004
Pavel PeppersteinBattles 28 May - 6 Jun 2003On the 22nd of June, when the Eastern Front of World War II began, an exhibition dedicated to the battle-painting was openned. However, the series is based on a type...
Pavel PeppersteinThe Russian Novel 15 - 30 Aug 2000
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....
Dreams of Milk. Semiotic Studies for the screen adaptation of the novel Mythogenic Love of Caste. Voznesensky Centre, Moscow, Russia.
Commercial Forest Poetry. Iragui Gallery. Moscow, Russia.
Visions of the Stars. OVCHARENKO. Ekaterina Cultural Foundation. Moscow, Russia.
The Human as a Frame for the Landscape. Garage Museum. Moscow, Russia.
Tales of Prague. Louis Vuitton Travel Book. Multimedia Art Museum. Moscow, Russia.
The Resurrection of Pablo Picasso in the Year 3111. Vladey Space. Moscow, Russia.
The Resurrection of Pablo Picasso in the Year 3111. Kunsthaus Zug. Zug, Switzerland.
The Secret Drawings of Jacqueline Kenned. The Art Show: ADAA., Julie Saul Gallery booth. New York, USA.
Artist of the Week – Pavel Pepperstein. Vladey Space. Moscow, Russia
Memory is over. PLATO Ostrava. Ostrava, Czech Republic
Miracles in Swamp. Regina Gallery. Moscow, Russia
Attack on the swamp. Multimedia Art Museum. Moscow, Russia
Wandering over camps and monasteries. Iragui Gallery. Moscow, Russia
The cold center of the sun. Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain. Saint-Étienne , France
The future enamored with the past. Multimedia Art Museum. Moscow, Russia
Holy Politics. Regina Gallery. Moscow, Russia.
Studies of American Suprematism. Galerie Kamm. Berlin, Germany
Pavel Pepperstein. Monica De Cardenas. Milan, Italy.
Text – Bild – Konzepte (with Victor Pivovarov). Kunstverein Rosenheim. Rosenheim, Germany.
Ophelia (with Victor Pivovarov). Regina Gallery. London, UK.
Landscapes of the Future. Kewenig Galerie. Cologne, Germany.
From Mordor with Love. Regina Gallery. London, United Kingdom.
Spring. Regina Berloga. Moscow, Russia..
Either/Or: National Suprematism as a Project for the New Representative Style for Russia. Kewenig Gallery. Cologne, Germany
Either/Or: National Suprematism as a Project for a New Representative Style for Russia. Regina Gallery. Moscow, Russia
City of Russia. Regina Gallery. Moscow, Russia
Albums. Regina Gallery. Moscow, Russia
Rembrandt. Dmitry Semenov Gallery. St. Petersburg, Russia
Landscapes of the Future. Contemporary Art Gallery. Vancouver, Canada
Talking Animals. Kaufmann Gallery. Zurich, Switzerland
Landscapes of the Future. Kamm Gallery. Berlin, Germany
Drawings. Kunstmuseum Basel. Basel, Swiss
Pentagon. Regina Gallery. Moscow, Russia
Drawings. Artplay Gallery. Moscow, Russia
Europa. Galerie Ursula Walbrol. Dusseldorf, Germany.
Riders. Ministry of Culture. Dusseldorf, Germany.
Riders. Sutton Lane. London, UK.
Hypnosis. Regina Gallery. Moscow, Russia.
Flags and Flowers. Sutton Lane Gallery. London, UK.
Hypnosis. Sprovieri Gallery. London, UK.
Hypnosis. Kaufmann Gallery. Zurich, Switzerland.
Eyes. Galerie Kamm. Berlin, Germany.
Battles. Regina Gallery. Moscow, Russia.
Political Hallucinations. Galerie Kamm. Berlin, Germany.
Gods and Monsters. Neuer Aachener Kunstverein. Aachen, Germany.
America. Galerie Ursula Walbrol. Dusseldorf, Germany.
Drawings. Larivier. Paris, France.
Dreams and Museum. Kunsthaus Zug. Zug, Switzerland.
Girl and the Tunnel. Kaufman Gallery. Zurich, Switzerland.
Exhibition of One Talk (with Ilya Kabakov and Boris Groys). Kunsthaus Zug. Zug, Switzerland.
Away from the Labyrinth (with Greenman). Museum of Israel. Jerusalem, Israel.
Russian Novel 2000. Regina Gallery. Moscow, Russia.
Moses (with the group 'Russia'). Kunsthaus Zug. Zug, Switzerland.
Things are in a Landscape (with Victor Pivovarov). Obscuri Viri. Moscow, Russia.
How to meet an Angel (with Ilya Kabakov). Sprovieri Gallery. London, UK.
Two Angels (with Victor Pivovarov). Karmelienkloster. Graz, Austria.
Two Agents (with Victor Pivovarov). Kulturzentrum bei den Minoriten. Graz, Austria.
The Father and the Son (with Victor Pivovarov). Kunsthaus Zug. Zug, Swithzerland.
Binoculars and Monoculars — Life and work. Kunsthaus Zug. Zug, Switzerland.
The Sweet Dark. Obscuri Viri Gallery. Moscow, Russia.
Portrait of an Old man. State Russian Museum. St. Petersburg, Russia.
Play Tennis (with Ilya Kabakov). Pori Art Museum. Pori, Finland.
Project No.3 and Freudian Dreams (with Andrei Monastyrski). Galerie Pastzi-Bott. Cologne, Germany.
Play Tennis (with Ilya Kabakov). Art Gallery of Ontario. Toronto, Canada.
Temple Masterpieces, or Enjoy Your Bath! VLADEY. Moscow, Russia.
ZDRAVSTVUYTE! OVCHARENKO in cooperation with VLADEY. Moscow, Russia.
Unnamable. Selected works from the collection of the Moscow Museum of Modern Art. Arsenal Center of Contemporary Art. Nizhny Novgorod, Russia.
Coziness and Intelligence. Fragments of the Artistic Life of Moscow in the 90s. Museum of Moscow. Moscow, Russia.
And I Felt Such a Pity That I Don’t Have or I Won’t Have Any Time to Pursue Art. Art4 Museum. Moscow, Russia.
A Shadow of the Soul but Slightly Sharper. Multimedia Art Museum. Moscow, Russia.
CHA SCHA. Jart Gallery. Pirogovo. Moscow Oblast, Russia.
Mad House. Multimedia Art Museum. Moscow, Russia.
1-st Triennial of Russian Contemporary Art. Garage Museum of Contemporary Art. Moscow, Russia.
Vladey pre-auction exhibition See Paris. Multimedia Art Museum. Moscow, Russia.
Love. Vladey Space. Moscow, Russia.
Kollektsia ! Contemporary Art in the USSR and Russia. 1950-2000. Centre Georges Pompidou. Paris, France.
Monstration. Vladey Space. Moscow, Russia.
Tutti Frutti. Regina Gallery. Moscow, Russia.
Contemporary Russian Artists – participants of Venice Biennale. Selected Works. The Manege Central Exhibition Hall. Saint Petersburg, Russia.
Contemporaries of the Future. Jewish Artists in The Russian Avant-Garde, 1910s-1980s. The Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center. Moscow, Russia.
The European Biennial of Contemporary Art Manifesta 10. The State Hermitage Museum. Saint Petersburg, Russia.
Bergen Triennale. Bergen, Norway.
Göteborg Biennale. Goteborg, Sweden.
The Global Contemporary: Art Worlds after 1989. ZKM (Museum of Contemporary Art). Karlsruhe, Germany.
Ostalgia. New Museum. New York, USA.
Modernikon. Contemporary Art from Russia. 54th Venice Biennale. Parallel Program. Casa dei Tre Oci. Venice, Italy.
Les Utopies Mutantes. Passage de Retz. Paris, France.
Contrepoint: Russian Contemporary Art, From the Icon to the Avant-garde. Musée du Louvre. Paris, France.
The Beijing International Art Biennale. Beijing, China.
Diary of a Madman. Regina Gallery. Moscow, Russia.
European Drawings. Oredaria Arti Contemporanee Gallery. Rome, Italy.
Political Comics. Kunstverein Hamburg. Hamburg, Germany.
3rd Moscow Biennale. Moscow, Russia.
Landscapes of the Future. Russian Pavilion at the 53 Venice Biennale. Venice, Italy.
Making Worlds. La Biennale di Venezia. Venice, Italy.
Moscopolis. Espace Louis Vuitton. Paris, France.
Cultural Confusion. Galerie Elisabeth Kaufmann. Zurich, Switzerland.
Woe of Wit. Special project of the 2nd Moscow Biennale. Museum of Literature. Moscow, Russia.
Woe of Wit. VP Gallery. Moscow, Russia.
Thinking Realism. Special project of the 2nd Moscow Biennale.The State Tretyakov Gallery. Moscow, Russia.
Essence of Life – Essence of Art. State Russian Museum. St. Petersburg, Russia.
Angels of History. Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Anterpen. Antwerpen, Belgium.
Essence of Life — Essence of Art. Ludwig Museum. Budapest, Hungary.
26th Sao-Paulo Biennale. Ciccillio Matarazzo Pavilion. Sao-Paulo, Brazil.
Moscow-Berlin. 1950–2000. Central Historical Museum. Moscow, Russia.
Go, Russia, Go! Regina Gallery. Moscow, Russia.
Berlin-Moscow 1950−2000. Martin Gropius Bau. Berlin, Germany.
Contemporary Russian Painting 1992–2002. New Manezh. Moscow, Russia.
The Body Art. Biennale de Valencia. Valencia, Spain.
Neues Moskau. Ifa-Galerie, Berlin, Germany.
Crazy Twin. Touring exhibition organized by the Society of Collectors of Contemporary art, Moscow with Appolonia-European Artistic Interchanges (Strasburg). Various locations. Moscow; Nizhny Novgorod; Samara; Ekaterinburg; Uaron Castle (France).
Eurorepair. Slavianskij Cultural and Historical Centre. Moscow, Russia.
Mystical Correct. Galerie Hohenthal and Bergen. Berlin, Germany.
Ecology of Emptiness. Institute of Contemporary Art. Moscow, Russia.
How to Draw a Horse (Part 2). Central House of Artists. Moscow, Russia.
Scopes of Interpretations. Russian State University for the Humanities. Moscow, Russia.
History Personalized. Contemporary Russian Art, 1956-1996. A touring exhibition of the Russian provinces organized by the Open society Institute with the Tsaritsino State Museum-Reserve. Nizhny Novgorod; Samara; Novosibirsk; Perm; Ekaterinburg.
Nonconformist Art from the Soviet Union. Collection of Tsaritsino State Museum. Mucharnok Museum of Fine Arts. Budapest, Hungary.
In Moskau… In Moscau. Badischer Kunsverein. Karlsruhe, Germany.
About Beauty. Regina Gallery. Moscow, Russia.
Dry Water. Bakhchisarai museum. Bakhchisara, Crimea.
How to Draw a Horse (Part 1). Ipodrom. Moscow, Russia.
View on Paris from the new building window. Obscuri Viri.Moscow, Russia.
Kunst im verborgenen. Nonkomformisten Russland 1957-1995. Wilchelm-Hack Museum, Ludwigshafen, Germany; Documenta-Halle. Kassel, Germany; Staatliches Lindenau Museum, Altenburg, Germany.
Victory and Defeat. Obscuri Viri. Moscow, Russia.
2nd Cetin Biennale of Modern Art. Cetin, Montenegro.
Architecture of Ideas. Kunsthaus Hamburg. Hamburg, Germany.
Temporal Address of the Russian Art. Museedelapost. Paris, France.
Monuments: Transformation for the Future. ICA. New York, USA.
Step East. 45th Venice Biennale. Venice, Italy.
Context Kunst 90. Kunstlerhaus Graz. Graz, Austria.
Exchange. Shedhalle. Zurich, Austria.
A Mosca… A Mosca. Galleria d'Arte Moderna. Bologna, Italy.
Perspective of Conceptualism. North North Carolina Museum of Art. Reley, USA.
Monuments: Transformation for the Future. ISI. Central House of Artists, Moscow, Russia.
MANI Museum — 40 Moscow artists. Karmelitenkloster. Frankfurt, Germany.
Private employments. 1.0 Gallery (Show-room on Solijanka). Moscow, Russia.
Mamka-space. Propeller Gallery. Sadovniki Gallery. Moscow, Russia.
Binoculars and Monocle / Life and work. Kunsthaus Zug. Zug, Swithzerland.
Portrait of an Old Man (with Igor Dmitriev). State Russian Museum.St. Petersburg, Russia
White Window. Villa Waldberta. Munich, Germany.
We are your Grandad! Festival Europe 94. Munich, Germany.
Illumination in the Tower. Galerie Inge Baecker. Cologne, Germany.
Processions. Human Space Art Center. Milan, Italy.
Paramen. Galerie Grita Insam. Vienna, Austria.
Switzerland + Medicine. Swiss Institute. New York, USA.
Drawings on Margins. MANI Museum. Moscow, Russia.
Empty Icons. L Gallery. Moscow, Russia.
Golden Icons and Black Line. Kunstverein Hamburg. Hamburg, Germany.
Blickwingel — Das Sakrale in der USSR. Galerie Insam. Vienna, Austria.
Sweiz + Medicine. Shedhalle Zurich. Zurich, Switzerland.
19-91. Galerie Walcheturm. Zurich, Switzerland.
Militaerlieben von kleinen Bildern. Galerie Krings-Ernst. Cologne, Germany.
Orthodoxe Ablutschungen – Umschlage und Abschlusse. Kunsthalle. Dusseldorf, Germany.
Three Inspectors. Galeria Mladych. Prague, Czech Republic.
Three Children. Galeria Mladych. Prague, Czech Republic.
2014 – Innovation Award
- Russian Museum, Saint-Petersburg, Russia.
- Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia.
- Centre Pompidou, Paris, France.
- Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, Germany.