Humpty Dumpty Sat on a Wall

October 5th, 2018 - November 18th, 2018

National Centre for Contemporary Arts (NCCA) ROSIZO / 13, block 2, Zoologicheskaya street, Moscow

Curator – Olesya Turkina

The regional directorate presents a new exhibition arranged by the North-Western branch ROSIZO – an exhibition of works of art done with the technique of collage, montage and composition. The exhibition title Humpty Dumpty Sat on a Wall reflects a new principle that has revolutionised fine arts of the XX century.

The technique of collage, montage and composition transformed the attitude towards reality. Relationship of a figure and its background, a text and a context, a realistic and an imaginative something – all these and much more are embodied in the philosophy of connecting different fragments into a single whole. Originated in the 1910-20s and since that has become an effective means of propaganda, this artistic method gradually transformed into official one and finally migrated to the design of books and magazines, stands of Housing Maintenance companies and city firewalls.

At the same time, Leningrad non-conformists artist applied the said technique in the 1960-1970s as a formal tool. Mass interest in this principle revived in the 1980s in the works of New Artists, especially in the oeuvre of the founder of the group Timur Novikov. During the “perestroika”, collage, montage and assemblage became a means of decontextualising ideology in the oeuvre of Sergey Kuryokhin’s  Pop Mekhanika and New Composers group, works of Oleg Kotelnikov, Inal Savchenkov and Art Engineers school etc. This technique again becomes relevant in the art of the 2000s, when thanks to new media the subsequent round of dematerialisation of art took place.


Manya Alexeeva, Tatyana Akhmetgalieva, Petr Bely, Valery Grykovsky, Elena Gubanova and Ivan Govorkov, Art Engineers School, Boris Kazakov, Vladimir Kozin, Semyon Motolyanets, New Composers group, Andrey Rud’iev, Alexander Shishkin-Hokusai.

As a historical preamble to the exhibition, the assemblage of Evgeny Rukhin from the collection of ROSIZO-NCCA and the collage of Timur Novikov from the collection of Maria Novikova are to be demonstrated.

Curator – Olesya Turkina, a critic, candidate of art criticism, leading researcher of the department of the newest trends of the State Russian Museum. Curated more than 200 international exhibitions of modern art in the Russian Museum (St Petersburg), Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam), Pori Art Museum (Finland), NCCA (Moscow), Museum of Moscow, New Museum (St. Petersburg), MAО Pulkovo Observatory (St. Petersburg), etc. Curator of the Russian pavilion at the 48th Venice Biennale (1999). Author of numerous publications on modern art. The head of the first master’s program in Russia “Curatorial Studies”, based on the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences of St. Petersburg State University together with Bard College (USA).

This exhibition completes the program for presentation of the regional ROSIZO branches, which presented during the period of 2017-2018 various projects from Nizhny Novgorod, Kaliningrad, Samara, Vladikavkaz, Tomsk, Ekaterinburg and St. Petersburg.