Grisha Bruskin. Alefbet | Fondazione Querini Stampalia

BruskinGrisha Bruskin, Alefbet, 2004-2006

Grisha Bruskin. Alefbet | Fondazione Querini Stampalia

A mysterious alphabet composed of 160 characters: angels, animal-faced demons, figures pierced by lightning, men carrying their own shadow on their shoulders or gazing into the secrets of a book. For his first exhibition in Venice, Grisha Bruskin, one of the great living Russian artists, with an international reputation dating at least from the mid 1980s, has chosen the project “Alefbet“: at the heart of the exhibition are five large tapestries (2,80 x 2,10). These, however, can be reached only after examining the preparatory drawings, gouaches, and six extraordinary paintings that articulate the successive stages of this complex and fascinating “archive of the sign“.

BruskinGrisha Bruskin, Alefbet, 2004-2006

This highly condensed synthesis draws on the thousand-years-old Jewish tradition of the Talmud and Kabbalah, presented as a possible and permanent interpretation key of our own history and present. The stunning visual impact of “Alefbet” cannot fail to fascinate, accompany and draw the viewers through a series of original multimedia apparatuses, designed in collaboration with Marco Barsottini from CamerAnebbia – Milano and aimed at highlighting the extraordinary narrative power of Bruskin’s work.

BruskinGrisha Bruskin, Alefbet, 2004-2006

Grisha Bruskin (Grigory Davidovich Bruskin) was born in Moscow in 1945. In 1968 he graduated from the Moscow Textile Institute and, on the next year, entered the Union of Soviet Artists. His first exhibition, presented in Vilnius in 1983, was shut down a few days later by order of the Lithuanian Communist Party. On the next year, another exhibition at the Central Workers House in Moscow was shut down one day before the opening by order of the Moscow section of the Communist Party. His first non-censored group exhibition, “The artist and modernity”, was opened to the public in 1987 at the Kashirka exhibition space.

BruskinGrisha Bruskin, Alefbet, 2004-2006

On 7 July 1988, during an auction organised by Sotheby’s in Moscow, 7 artworks by Bruskin reached a record price for Russian contemporary art. In the same year, the artist moved to New York, where he started collaborating with the Marlborough Gallery. In 1999, he was commissioned by the German government a monumental triptych titled Life before everything on the occasion of the reconstruction of the Reichstag in Berlin. In 2005, he took part in the major collective exhibition Russia! at the Guggenheim in New York. In 2012, he was awarded the Kandinsky prize for Russian contemporary art with the project H-Hour. Today, Bruskin lives and works between Moscow and New York.

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