Vadim Kosmatschof: Breathing Sculpture

17 May–19 August 2018

Exhibition Overview

Vadim Kosmatschof, Ulfolding Square, 2006-2007

Vadim Kosmachov has lived and worked in Western Europe for 40 years. This Summer’s exhibition at the New Tretyakov Gallery on Krymsky Val will be his first major solo show in Russia. The display of over 60 works will cover all periods and aspects of Kosmachov’s creative output – ranging from sculpture, painting and graphics to porcelain and video.

Kosmachov’s artistic roots lie in the Russian Avant-Garde, whose works he first encountered in the Tretyakov’s reserves when he was a student in Moscow. His work addresses universal values of harmony, balance, dynamics and force, and has evolved from rigid industrial modernism to an understanding of sculpture as a living organic form. By interacting with both the urban landscape and elements of nature, his creations open a new perspective on the role of sculpture in the 21st century.

The exhibition is organized chronologically in two parts, Retrospective and Perspective, spread over two floors of the New Tretyakov Gallery. Kosmachov’s landmark 65-foot abstract sculpture Construct, installed in front of the Turkmenistan State Library in Ashkhabad in 1975, is represented by original mock-ups, a video, and a series of photographs taken during its installation. A number of large-scale German commissions are featured in a film by Andreas Waldschutz that explores the integration of Kosmachov’s sculptures into urban and rural environments.

Highlight of the section on Kosmachov’s recent work in Austria will be Unfolding Square, the 2.8 x 2.8m prototype and indoor kinetic version of his 8 x 8m Urban Quadrat. By interacting with the viewer, environment and surrounding architecture, his recent works steer sculpture on a new course. Incorporating the latest energy technology, they move according to changes in the weather or variations in sunlight – enabling us to feel the energies of the universe on a new, different level, and to feel ourselves an integral part of it.

An extensive catalogue, covering all aspects and periods of Vadim Kosmachov’s career, has been specially prepared for the exhibition – with articles by Kirill Svetlyakov, Georg Shoelhammer, Peter Noever, Vitaly Patsukov and Anna Māpolis.

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