Overview

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.

 

Works
Exhibitions
Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions

2021

Commercial Forest Poetry. Iragui Gallery. Moscow, Russia.

Visions of the Stars. OVCHARENKO. Ekaterina Cultural Foundation. Moscow, Russia.

 

2019

The Human as a Frame for the Landscape. Garage Museum. Moscow Russia.

 

2018

Tales of Prague. Louis Vuitton Travel Book. Multimedia Art Museum. Moscow, Russia.

 

2017     

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.

 

2016     

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

 

2015     

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  

 

2014

Holy Politics. Regina Gallery. Moscow, Russia.

 

2013

Studies of American Suprematism. Galerie Kamm. Berlin, Germany

 

2012

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.

 

2011

Landscapes of the Future. Kewenig Galerie. Cologne, Germany

 

2010                     

From Mordor with Love. Regina Gallery. London, United Kingdom.

Spring. Regina Berloga. Moscow, Russia..

 

2009                                    

Either/Or: National Suprematism as a Project for the New Representative Style for Russia. Kewenig Gallery. Cologne, Germany

 

2008                                    

Either/Or: National Suprematism as a Project for a New Representative Style for Russia. Regina Gallery. Moscow, Russia

 

2007                     

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

 

2006                

Landscapes of the Future. Kamm Gallery. Berlin, Germany

Drawings. Kunstmuseum Basel. Basel, Swiss

Pentagon. Regina Gallery. Moscow, Russia

Drawings. Artplay Gallery. Moscow, Russia

 

2005                    

Europa. Galerie Ursula Walbrol. Dusseldorf, Germany.

Riders. Ministry of Culture. Dusseldorf, Germany.

Riders. Sutton Lane. London, UK.

 

2004                    

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.

 

2003                

Battles. Regina Gallery. Moscow, Russia.

Political Hallucinations. Galerie Kamm. Berlin, Germany.

 

2002                

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.

 

2001                     

Girl and the Tunnel. Kaufman Gallery. Zurich, Switzerland.

Exhibition of One Talk (with Ilya Kabakov and Boris Groys). Kunsthaus Zug. Zug, Switzerland.

 

2000                                    

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.

 

1999                     

The Father and the Son (with Victor Pivovarov). Kunsthaus Zug. Zug, Swithzerland.

 

1998                     

Binoculars and Monoculars — Life and work. Kunsthaus Zug. Zug, Switzerland.

The Sweet Dark. Obscuri Viri Gallery. Moscow, Russia.

 

1997                     

Portrait of an Old man. State Russian Museum. St. Petersburg, Russia.

 

1996                     

Play Tennis (with Ilya Kabakov). Pori Art Museum. Pori, Finland.

 

1995                                    

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.

 

 

Group shows

2021

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.

 

2020

CHA SCHA. Jart Gallery. Pirogovo. Moscow Oblast, Russia.

 

2018

Mad House. Multimedia Art Museum. Moscow, Russia.

 

2017  

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.

 

2016   

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.

 

2015

Contemporaries of the Future. Jewish Artists in The Russian Avant-Garde, 1910s-1980s. The Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center. Moscow, Russia.

 

2014

The European Biennial of Contemporary Art Manifesta 10. The State Hermitage Museum. Saint Petersburg, Russia.

 

2013

Bergen Triennale. Bergen, Norway.

Göteborg Biennale. Goteborg, Sweden.

 

2011

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.

 

2010

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.

 

2009                 

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.

 

2007                     

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.

 

2006                    

Essence of Life – Essence of Art. State Russian Museum. St. Petersburg, Russia.

 

2005                    

Angels of History. Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Anterpen. Antwerpen, Belgium.

Essence of Life — Essence of Art. Ludwig Museum. Budapest, Hungary.

 

2004                    

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.

 

2003                    

Berlin-Moscow 1950−2000. Martin Gropius Bau. Berlin, Germany.

 

2002                    

Contemporary Russian Painting 1992–2002. New Manezh. Moscow, Russia.

 

2001                     

The Body Art. Biennale de Valencia. Valencia, Spain.

 

2000                    

Neues Moskau. Ifa-Galerie, Berlin, Germany.

 

1999                                    

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).

 

1998                     

Eurorepair. Slavianskij Cultural and Historical Centre. Moscow, Russia.

 

1997                     

Mystical Correct. Galerie Hohenthal and Bergen. Berlin, Germany.

Ecology of Emptiness. Institute of Contemporary Art. Moscow, Russia.

 

1996                     

How to Draw a Horse (Part 2). Central House of Artists. Moscow, Russia.

Scopes of Interpretations. Russian State University for the Humanities. Moscow, Russia.

 

1995                                    

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.

 

1994                     

Victory and Defeat. Obscuri Viri. Moscow, Russia.

2nd Cetin Biennale of Modern Art. Cetin, Montenegro.

Architecture of Ideas. Kunsthaus Hamburg. Hamburg, Germany.

 

1993                      

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.

 

1992                     

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.

 

1991                      

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.

 

1998                     

Binoculars and Monocle / Life and work. Kunsthaus Zug. Zug, Swithzerland.

 

1997                     

Portrait of an Old Man (with Igor Dmitriev). State Russian Museum.St. Petersburg, Russia

 

1996                     

White Window. Villa Waldberta. Munich, Germany.

 

1994                     

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.

 

1993                 

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.

 

1992                     

Blickwingel — Das Sakrale in der USSR. Galerie Insam. Vienna, Austria.

Sweiz + Medicine. Shedhalle Zurich. Zurich, Switzerland.

19-91. Galerie Walcheturm. Zurich, Switzerland.

 

1991                      

Militaerlieben von kleinen Bildern. Galerie Krings-Ernst. Cologne, Germany.

 

1990                     

Orthodoxe Ablutschungen – Umschlage und Abschlusse. Kunsthalle. Dusseldorf, Germany.

Three Inspectors. Galeria Mladych. Prague, Czech Republic.

 

1989                     

Three Children. Galeria Mladych. Prague, Czech Republic.