1959/Leningrad/USSR

1984 – graduated from the V. Mukhina Academy of Arts. Participant of 5th Moscow biennial of contemporary art; Contemporary Art Biennial of the South in Panama (2013). Winner of Sergey Kuryokhin Contemporary Art Prize (2011). Works with various media: installation, object, painting. Lives and works in St. Petersburg.
Works have been included in permanent collections of The State Russian Museum (St. Petersburg), Moscow Museum of Modern Art (Moscow), Multimedia Art Museum (Moscow), Fundacio Sorigue (Barcelona), Ekaterina Cultural Foundation (Moscow), Art Vectors Investment Partnership Foundation (Vienna) and others.

Since 1991 M. Alexeeva has been working with the media of micro-installation. The artist collects the sample interiors of public places and private living spaces placing them in small boxes – presenting sort of the concentrated environments.
The ever-increasing success of these “Lifeboxes”– currently one of the most in-demand works of Russian art – can be explained by the fact that M. Alexeeva’s boxes are connected to multiple facets of our artistic and everyday experience. They are not only “built-into” the self-description of relevant art, but they also unite cultural tradition with fresh modern-day customs. Most importantly, the artist includes one of the most significant functions that make modern life attractive: she turns standardization into a playing field.
Inside M. Alexeeva’s lightboxes, there is always a transformation of a standard going on. Any object in its normal place can, here, unexpectedly demonstrate freedom from stereotypes of behavior and perception. The author copies nature not in the sense of increasing the diverse versions of something, but by developing mimicry of the world’s vivid transformational power. The superb level of art in “Lifeboxes” is supported by the artist’s ability to look at things untraditionally and see their essence – new images.

After materials of the article by Ekaterina Andreeva
contemporary art department of the State Russian Museum

PRIMARY SOLO EXHIBITIONS


2015

“Sequence”. In terms of the program by Diaghilev Festival, Perm Opera and Ballet theater, Perm, Russia
“In common”, Marina Gisich Gallery, Saint Petersburg, Russia

2014

“Out of Restraint’, LoftProject ETAGI, Grey Corridor, Saint Petersburg.

2013

«Small retrospective», State Gallery Solyanka VPA, Moscow, Russia

2012

«Life boxes», Marina Gisich Gallery, St. Petersburg, Russia

2009

«From inside – From outside». Marina Gisich Gallery, St. Petersburg, Russia

2008

«Black squirrel». The State Hermitage. Young educational centre, branch the State Centre of Contemporary Art, St. Petersburg, Russia
«Black and White». LUDA Gallery, Saint-Petersburg, Russia
«Residence permit». Marina Gisich Gallery, St. Petersburg, Russia

2007

«The Dual Personality», Marina Gisich Gallery, St. Petersburg, Russia

2006

«Traditional Museums in Contemporary Arts». Pro Arte Institute, «Contemporary Art in a traditional Museum» Project, St. Peter and Paul’s Fortress, St. Petersburg, Russia

2001

«Inner Rooms», the St. Petersburg Achieve and Library for Independent Arts, «Free Culture» Association, St. Petersburg, Russia

2000

«Inner World», «the Rural Life» gallery, «Informal Capital», St. Petersburg, Russia
«Seria Zelenykh» (the Greens Series), «Mitki Vkhutemas» gallery, St. Petersburg, Russia

1999

«Minimum nine rooms», the State Center for Modern Arts MKRF, «A-Ya» (A-Z) Society, St. Petersburg, Russia

1998

«Squirrel. Neon», «Mitki Vkhutemas» gallery, St. Petersburg, Russia

1997

«Soft Heart», «Boreas» gallery, St. Petersburg, Russia

1996

«Beauty and the Beast», Soros Center for Contemporary Arts, St. Petersburg, Russia

1993

«The Carpets», Institute of the Modern Art, St. Petersburg, Russia

1992

«Insel» gallery, Berlin, Germany

PRIMARY GROUP EXHIBITIONS


2015

The new story-tellers in russian art of XX-XXI centuries, The State Russian Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia
“Summer project”, StreetArt Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia
“Promise of the landscape”, PERMM, Perm, Russia
Volta, Basel, Swetzerland
“Russia. Realizm. XXI century”, The State Russian Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia
“Birds and numbers”, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow Russia
“Painting beyond painting”, The State Acedemy of Arts, Saint Petersburg, Russia
“Provenance”, Marina Gisich Gallery, Saint Petersburg, Russia
“L’inconscient pictoric” exhibition, curator F. Javier Panera Cuevas, The Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, Barselona, Spain.

2014

“Еру size makes difference”, workshop-gallery Graund-Peschanaya, Moscow, Russia
“Signal 2014”, space SIGNAL, Saint Petersburg, Russia
“Crystallizations. Contemporary art from Saint Petersburg”- Waino Aaltonen museo, Turku, Finland
“The Other Capital”, Moscow Museum, Moscow, Russia
“Insignificant alternations”,KRINZINGER PROJETE, Galerie KRINZINGER, Vienna, Austria
«Saint Petersburg, take another look», OXO tower wharf, London, The Great Britain
Vienna Fair, Marina Gisich Gallery booth, Vienna, Austria

2013

THE FIRST BIENNIAL OF THE SOUTH IN PANAMA 2013, Panama city, Panama
Art Paris Art Fair, Marina Gisich Gallery booth, Paris, France
“Cartoons covered with snow”, Etagi LoftProject, Saint Petersburg, Russia
«Always in the Vanguard». MURRAY EDVARDS College,Cambridge, Albemarle gallery, London, Great Britain

2012

“Those who hear not the music think the dancers mad”, Ural Vision Gallery and Marina Gisich Gallery, Yekaterinburg, Russia
Istanbul Contemporary. Marina Gisich Gallery booth, Istanbul, Turkey
10th Multivision Festival (Animation art), Erarta Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia
Vienna Art Fair, Booth of Marina Gisich Gallery, Vienna, Austria
ARCO Madrid. Booth of Marina Gisich Gallery, Madrid, Spain

2011

4th Moscow biennale, Moscow, Russia
«Russian cosmos», Turin, Italy
Vienna art fair. Booth Marina Gisich Gallery. Vienna, Austria
ARCO Madrid. Booth Marina Gisich Gallery. Madrid, Spain

2010-2011

“New year party”. Multimedia art museum, Moscow, Russia

2010

«History of Russian videoart. Vol II». Moscow museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia

2009

«Women in Contemporary Art», New Exhibition Hall. The State Museum of Urban Sculpture, St. Petersburg, Russia

2008

«Art Moscow», Central Hall of Artists, Moscow, Russia
«Aurora», Pro Arte Institute, St. Petersburg, Russia

2007

«Art Moscow», Central Hall of Artists, Moscow, Russia
Exhibition by a decade of gallery «Navicula Artis», Art center «Pushkinskaya-10», St. Petersburg, Russia

2006

«RUSSIA FLY BY», HANGART-7, Salzburg, Austria

2005

«Collage in Russia, XX century». The State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia
«Kharms».«Navicula Artis» gallery, St. Petersburg, Russia
«MailArtissimo», the Central Museum Of Communications, St. Petersburg, Russia

2004

«Wild and Domestic », Animalism in Russian art of XX-XXI centuries The State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia

2003

«All Petersburg». Central Exhibition Hall “Manezh”, St. Petersburg, Russia

2002

«From the artists of Saint-Petersburg – to the city», dedicated to the 70th anniversary of St. Petersburg Union of Artists, Central Exhibition Hall “Manezh”, St. Petersburg, Russia
«ESTESTVO» (The Nature), Contemporary art, St. Petersburg; Lonnstrom Art Museum. RAUMA, Finland

2001

«Mediahello», the State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia
«Hand made», Recusant Art Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia

2000

“Flotsam.Jetsam”(“Suitcases”), Kulturforum Burgcloster, Lubeck, Germany
Project «Kino v tri okna», «the Rural Life» gallery, Kolomyagi, (within the framework of the «Informal Capital» Festival), St. Petersburg, Russia
«The Rural Life» gallery’s collection, «Mitki-Vkhutemas», St. Petersburg, Russia
«Dary Volkhvov», (Gifts of the Magi), the Christmas exhibition in A. Akhmatova’s Museum in Fountain House, St. Petersburg, Russia

1999

«The Favourite -2», the Baltic House Theater, St. Petersburg, Russia
«Ya pomniu chudnoe mgnovenye» (I can still remember that amazing moment), «Art-Collegium», St. Petersburg, Russia
«Beauty and the Dew of Youth», «Art-Collegium», St. Petersburg, Russia
«the Pushkin House», Kolomyagi, St. Petersburg, Russia
“Russkialbum”, IFA, St. Petersburg, Russia

1998

Exhibition of Creative Association «Ozerki», Shuvalovo, St. Petersburg, Russia
Jubilee Exhibition of the Artists’ Association, the Exhibition Hall of the AA, St. Petersburg, Russia
The «North – South» Project, «Mitki Vkhutemas» gallery, St. Petersburg, Russia
«The Anatomy of Modern Art», «Art Collegium » gallery, St. Petersburg, Russia

1997

Second symposium «Bridge to Andau», Andau, Austria
«Rafts», Ozerki, St. Petersburg, Russia

1996

The Biennale of the Petersburg Art, Smolny Cathedral, St. Petersburg, Russia

1995

Symposium «Bridge to Andau», Andau, Austria
«Plot iskusstva» (Raft of the Art), Ozerki, St. Petersburg, Russia

1994

«I togda…Oh, da!», Manezh, St. Petersburg, Russia
ARS-95, the Modern Arts Museum, Helsinki, Finland
Russian-German project «Ne Boisya, Tramvay!», (Don’t you be afraid, the Tram) St. Petersburg, Russia
«The Favourite», Exhibition Hall of the Union of Artists, St. Petersburg, Russia
Symposium «Znak v landshafte» (A mark on the landscape), Berlin – Frankfurt, Germany

1993

«Borsch», Exhibition Hall of the Artists’ Association, St. Petersburg, Russia

1992

«Cistern na Liteynom», «Boreas» gallery, St. Petersburg, Russia
«Garderop», Central Exhibition Hall “Manezh”, St. Petersburg, Russia

1991

«AKUD» gallery, Berlin, Germany
Installation for «La Fabrique» theater, France, «Radics» program, Jubileiny Palace of Sports», Leningrad, USSR
«Langas» gallery, Vilnius, Lithuania
The Festival of Avant-garde Art, Vilnius, Lithuania

 

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