Arseny Zhilyaev

Arseny Zhilyaev (born 1984 in Voronezh, Russia) is an artist who lives and works in Moscow and Voronezh. Using artistic, political, scientific, and museological histories to uncover and propose potential futures, Zhilyaev explores a productive space between fiction and non-fiction. Within his recent projects, the artist casts a revisionist lens on the heritage of soviet museology and meaning of museum in Russian Cosmism. Zhilyaev is an editor of Avant-Garde Museology, V-a-c Press with E-flux and Minnesota Press, 2015. Since 2011, artist has also been a member of the editorial board of the Moscow Art Magazine. He is a contributor of E-flux Journal and other. Zhilyaev graduated from Voronezh State University, Philosophical Faculty (2006); Moscow Institute of Contemporary Art (2008); and MA International Programs, Valand School of Fine Arts, Goteborg, Sweden (2010). Recent accolades include Russian awards in the sphere of contemporary art, and a nomination for the Visible Award in 2013.

1984 born in Voronezh
2008-2010 MA International Programs, Valand School of Fine Arts. Goteborg, Sweden
2006 -2007 The Institute of Contemporary Art in Moscow
2010 Innovation VI (1st prize)

Solo exhibitions

Life of Future Age (with Dmitri Khvorostov), Smena, Kazan, Russia

Italian Strike, Headlands Art Center, San Francisco, USA
Cradle of Humankind-3, Kunstverein, Leipzig, Germany
Future Histories (with Mark Dion), Casa dei Tre Oci, V-a-c Foundation, Venice, Italy
R.C.C. Y.H.V. Memorial Exhibition, VCCA, Voronezh, Russia
Yerevan Museum of Future History (in collaboration with collective of the project), Art-Laboratory, Yerevan, Armenia
M.I.R.: Polite Guests from the Future, Kadist Art Foundation, San Francisco, USA
M.I.R.: New Paths to the Objects, Kadist Art Foundation, Paris, France
Save the Light, RND gallery, Moscow
Museum of Proletarian Culture. The Industrialization of Bohemia, Tretyakov State Gallery, Moscow
Pedagogical Poem. Archive of the Future Museum of History, Presnya museum, V-a-c Foundation, Moscow
Radio «October», Project Fabric, Moscow
Rational Egoism, Regina gallery, Moscow
Words, Art-Propaganda, Samara, Russia
New Museum of Revolution, HLAM, Voronezh, Russia

Selected group shows


Local Resourse: Community Exhibition, California College of Arts, San Francisco, USA
The Eighth Climate (What does art do?), 11th edition of Gwangju Biennale, South Korea
VII Permanent Collection Display: Interaction, MMOMA, Moscow, Russia
In Glory City Voronezh, Winzavod, Moscow, Russia
Social Contract, Izolyatsia, Kyiv, Ukraine
Monument from the Future, 9th edition of Liverpool Biennial, UK
Beyond the Globe, 8th Triennial of Contemporary Art – U3, Moderna Galerija, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Unmotivated rejection, Pro Arte Institute, Saint Petersburg, Russia
Untitled (two takes on crisis), de Appel, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Museum On/Off, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
La vie Moderne, 13th edition of the Biennale de Lyon, France
The Worker and Kolkhoz Woman. Personal Case, Worker and Kolkhoz Woman Museum, Moscow, Russia
…YAY! Sculpture!, Winzavod, Moscow, Russia
Really, Socialism?, Momenta Art, New York, USA
Modern Art Museum: The Department of Labour and Employment, Fine Art Museum of Ekaterinburg, in framework of 3d Ural Industrial Biennale, Ekaterinburg, Russia
Expanding Space. Artistic Practice in the Urban Environment, V-a-c Foundation, Moscow, Russia
Russland vs. Russland. Kulturkonflikte, Kunstraum Kreuzberg, Berlin, Germany
Rare Earth, TBA 21, Vienna, Austria
Specters of Communism, e-flux and James Gallery, New York, USA
Truth Searcher, Victoria Gallery, Samara, Russia
Last Weekend on The Voronezh Sea, Don Foundation, Rostov-on-Don, Russia
IK 00: The Spaces of Confinement, Casa dei Tre Oci, V-a-c Foundation, Venice, Italy
Short History of Voronezh Art, Parallel Program of Vienna Art Fair, Vienna, Austria
Detective, MMOMA, Moscow
Dreaming Russia, Albertina Museum, Vienna, Austria
Museum of Modern Art. Department of Work and Employment, Tretyakov State Gallery, Moscow
Re-Aligned, Tromsø Kunstforening, Tromso, Norway
From Here to Afternoon, Laura Lee Blanton Gallery, Houston, USA
Under the Sign «PI», VCCA, Voronezh, Russia
Disobedience Archive (The Republic), Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Turin, Italy
Living as Form. Nomadic Version, Fabric, Moscow, Russia
Kandinsky Prize, Udarnik, Moscow
The Way of Enthusiasts, Casa dei Tre Oci, V-a-c Foundation, Venice, Italy
Under a Tinsel Sun, main project of Moscow International Biennale for Young Art, Moscow
Génération P, Festival RussenKo, Le Kremlin-Bicêtre, France
Once Upon a Present, Gallery SC, Zagreb, Croatia
Nuts, Regina gallery, London
In search of an alternative, East by South West, Galerie Grita Insam, Vienna
Practice everyday life, Calvert 22, London
Phantom monuments, Art Centre Garage, Moscow
History Lesson, Palais de Tokio, Paris
Interpolare, KJDT, Vienna, Austria
Prigov: point of construction, NCCA, Moscow
Vis a vis, Ecole nationale des beaux-arts de Lyon, France
Modernikon. Contemporary Art from Russia, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo with V-a-c Foundation, Turin, Italy
Archstoyanie, Nikola-Lenivetc, Russia
FQ-Test, GMG, Moscow
Russian Utopias, Art Centre Garage, Moscow
Open doors day, MMOMA, Moscow
New sculpture: structure and chaos, Solyanka gallery, Moscow
Labors movement, Special Project of 3d Moscow Biennale, Project Fabrika
40 Lives of One Space, Special Project of 3d Moscow Biennale, Red October, Moscow
Really?, Parallel program of 3d Moscow Biennale, Art Play, Moscow
Sopromat, NCCA, Ekaterinburg
Care, Divnogorie, Voronezh
Machine and Natasha, Project Fabrika, Moscow
We’ll Take Action from Now On, Voronezh Centre of Contemporary Arts, Voronezh, Russia
Russian Art: paradoxes of history, National Academy of Art, Sofia, Bulgaria
Intervention. Cognitive capitalism and space of mobility, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Me, Nature in the framework of «Moscow Young Art Biennale», Modern City Foundation, Moscow
Politic on the streets. 68.08, Fabric, Moscow
Digital Media 1.0, La Nau, Valencia, Spain.
Documenting Possibilities. Valand School of Fine Arts. Goteborg, Sweden.

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