Born in Kyiv (UA), lives in Moscow (RU).
The work of Ukrainian artist Oleg Kulik may be said to revolve centrally around the topic of ‘transparency’: according to Kulik, art must be able to become one with central reality, submerge and dissolve in it, become an invisible part of it while all the while retaining the autonomy of all good art. Kulik originally started his career in the art world as a Moscow-based gallery curator, and was wholly instrumental in establishing that institution’s high-profile, controversial and scandal-prone reputation. In the nineties, he pretty much reinvented himself as a boundary-pushing performance artist, gaining world renown as a chained hairless dog prowling through the depressing, shell-shocked streets of mid-nineties Moscow (he would later repeat this signature performance in cities around the world). Since 2000, however, Kulik has been focusing mainly on the production of photographic and video works which are often shown in custom-made installation contexts; two such works were included in “Horizons of Reality” and “Angels of History,” two exhibitions organized at M HKA to foreground the vital Russian (and particularly Muscovite) art scene to which Kulik is so central.
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Gobi Test. Summer (The Go...
Oleg Kulik, Gobi Test. Summer (The Gobi Test, or the Unbearable Charm of Mongolia), 2004. Video, dvd, 00:31:00 min.
Leo Tolstoy and Hens
Oleg Kulik, Leo Tolstoy and Hens, 1997-2005. Installation, wooden showcase, wax sculpture, chickens.
Gobi Test. Winter (The Go...
Oleg Kulik, Gobi Test. Winter (The Gobi Test, or the Unbearable Charm of Mongolia), 2005. Video, dvd, 00:22:00 min.
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The collection XXVII – Ea...
03 March 2011 - 21 August 2011.
Since 1989, the year the Berlin Wall fell and the year of the *Magiciens de la terre* exhibition at Beaubourg, the hegemony of Western art ha
Angels of History – Mosco...
17 September 2005 - 27 November 2005.
This exhibition starts from a synthetic view of Moscow Conceptualism, an as yet undervalued phenomenon in art history. It embodies the return
EURASIA − A Landscape of ...
08 October 2021 - 23 January 2022.
Alighiero Boetti, Anatoly Osmolovsky, Babi Badalov, Basir Mahmood, C. K. Rajan, Cevdet Erek, Damian Le Bas, Deimantas Narkevičius, Elena Voro
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EUROPE AT LARGE
During the past decades M HKA has paid enduring attention to that part of Europe that was excluded from the reconstruction of Europe after 19