Lives in Moscow (RU), born in Petsamo, Murmansk region (RU).
Andrei Monastyrski is one of the most distinguished and influential representatives of Moscow Conceptualism. For most of the seventies, eighties, and nineties, his artist practice revolved around showing and transcending 'true' reality: an alternative to the idyllic reality of Soviet social realism, which was the only art tolerated by the Soviet authorities. Monastyrsky was a pioneering spirit and driving force behind leading Moscow artist association 'Collective Actions', an informal grouping of avant-garde artists who were primarily active in the broad field of conceptually inflected performance art. Participants would meet up at an assigned point to go to the venue. Many of their performances involved aspects of duration and were staged on the outskirts of the Russian capital, often taking place in semi-clandestine locations, the exact coordinates of which were only disclosed and trafficked by word of mouth. These *Collective Actions* were a means with which the Moscow Conceptualists could challenge the monopoly of social realism. Andrey Monastyrsky was born in Petsamo in the Murmansk region in 1949. He graduated from the language and literature department of Moscow State University. Since 1975 he has produced performances, objects, installations, texts, and visual poetry. He has been a member of the Collective Actions group since 1976. Editor and compiler of many important editions: first MANI (Moscow Archive of the New Art) folder in 1981, he also collected MANI texts between 1986 and 1991, and since 1976 has edited Trips Out of the City (volumes comprising works by the *Collective Actions* group) and the Dictionary of Terms of the Moscow Conceptual School (1998). Andrey Monastyrsky, together with the group Collective Actions, represented Russia the Venice Biennale’s 54th International Art Exhibition. The curator of the pavilion, Boris Groys, a prominent Russian cultural theorist and one of the first researchers of Moscow conceptualism, says that Monastyrsky is more actual today than ever, using the very same approach to art which he developed in the 1970s.
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Andrei Monastyrski , Fontain, 2005. Installation, 16 photographes mounted on 16 plastic panels (200 x 80 cm each), diameter of the installation 700 cm.
Andrei Monastyrski , Kashira Highway, 2021. Artist Novel, ink, paper, 20 x 14,5 cm, 232 p., language: English, publisher: Artguide s.r.o., Moscow, 978-80-906714-8-5.
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The Melancholy of Resista...
06 November 2010 - 03 January 2011.
The title of the exhibition was adopted from the title of László Krasznahorkai’s novel, The Melancholy of Resistance, which tells the story o
Horizons of Reality
15 March 2003 - 01 June 2003.
‘Horizons of reality’ as the title of an exhibition evokes visions of a splendid view of reality, of various perspectives of reality, of seem
The collection XXXIII – T...
07 June 2013 - 22 September 2013.
The character of a collection reflected the current priorities of the M HKA collection: the evaluation of Antwerp’s avant-garde tradition; th
Narcisse Tordoir – The Pi...
13 March 2014 - 25 May 2014.
In the exhibition The Pink Spy, artist Narcisse Tordoir (°1954, Mechelen) tells stories in an intuitive and associative way about the existen
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The Artist's Novel
The Book Lovers is a research project on the phenomenon of the artist's novel curated by David Maroto and Joanna Zielińska. The central quest
Collectie Vlaamse Gemeens...
The M HKA holds works on permanent loan that were acquired with the budget of the Vlaamse Commissie voor Beeldende Kunst (Flemish Visual Art
The M HKA’s contemporary art collection has grown thanks to a combination of acquisitions, donations and long-term loans from various public