Léna & Roselli Gallery is glad to host the exhibition of Oleg Kulik, from 7 February to 9 March, a paralell exhibition with Ludwig Contemporary Museum of Budapest.
Who is Oleg Kulik?
The Ukranian-born Russian artist is best known for his performances in which he assumes the role of a dog, frequently chaining himself to objects and other people. By communicating through violent, unpredictable physical action in lieu of verbal commands, Kulik hopes to reach “a conscious falling out of the human horizon,” he has explained. The artist’s intention as a provocateur is in bringing to the light the radical religious and societal conservatism he feels has taken over Russian society. He comments on Russia and the West, politics and power, and humankind’s place in and relationship to nature. Kulik began his career as a sculptor and curator at Moscow’s Regina Gallery, where he presented unconventional exhibitions. Describing his trajectory, he has said, “When I came to Moscow, I made glass sculptures—transparent figurative things—and nobody liked them. . . . Then I became a performer, created a huge scandal with my man-dog antics, got a show at Deitch Projects, and after that I felt the freedom to go on as an artist.” In some of Kulik’s most controversial performances, he transformed himself into a dog to reveal deeply troubling truths about human nature.
Born on April 15, 1961 in Kiev, Ukraine, Kulik graduated from Kiev Art School in 1979 before completing his studies at the Kiev Geological Survey College in 1982. Documenting his work through photography and video, his work has received significant acclaim and attention. He was awarded a scholarship from the Berlin Senate in 1996, was the subject of a retrospective exhibition at the Central House of Artists in Moscow, and participated in the 1996 Interpol exhibition in Stockholm—for which he is now infamous for attacking audience members and nearby artworks. The artist currently lives and works in Moscow, Russia.
Learn more in Hungarian: https://artportal.hu/lexikon-muvesz/kulik-oleg-7991/
Take a look at the invitation: https://lenaroselligallery.com/project_category/oleg-kulik/