Oleg Kulik

1961, Kyiv, Ukraine

Among the leading artists of post-Soviet Russia, Oleg Kulik has been producing edgy performances, sculptures, installations, and photographs since the mid-1990s.

Through his art, 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.

LIST OF MUSEUMS&FOUNDATIONS

The State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow

The Russian Museum, Saint-Petersburg

Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow

Moscow House of Photography Museum, Moscow

State Museum-Reserve Tsaritsyno, Moscow

National Center for Contemporary Arts, Moscow

Contemporary Art Museum ART4.RU, Moscow

Cultural Foundation «EKATERINA», Moscow

Social Discovery Ventures, Moscow

Tate Modern, London

Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris

S.M.A.K. (Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst), Gent

M HKA (Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst), Antwerp

National Museum of Montenegro, Cetinje

The Buhl Foundation, Pittsburgh

PinchukArtCentre , Kyiv

Oleg Kulik

1961                   born in Kiev, Ukraine

1979                   graduated from the Kiev Art School

1982                   graduated from Kiev Geological Survey College

1988                   moved to Moscow

1990                   Pollock-Krasner Foundation fellowship

1990–1993       an art director and expositioner of the Regina Art Gallery, Moscow

1995–1996       Berlin Senate stipendium

2005                   awarded with the medal “The Worthy” of the Russian Art Academy

2008                    winner of the award for Curator’s project, III Annual Russian national award for contemporary  visual arts Innovation 2007

2009                    Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters, France

Lives and works in Moscow

Selected solo exhibitions

2019

Golden Fleece. KIBLA PORTAL, Maribor (09.08–07.09.2019)

Irresponsible Paintings. “GUM-Red-Line” Gallery, Moscow (28.06–04.08.2019)

Merry-Go-Round. Museum of Contemporary Art Vojvodina, Novi Sad (24.04–20.05.2019)

Sunlight.  Galleria Pack, Milan (02.04–27.09.2019)

2018

  1. Symphonic media performance. Sevcabel port, Saint-Peterburg (12.10.2018)

Our Mother. Richter space, Moscow (07–12.09.2018)

2014

Oleg Kulik solo show. Léna&Roselli Galéria, Budapest (07.02–09.03.2014

2013   

FRAMES, Regina Gallery, Moscow (09.04–10.06.2013)

2012

Deep into Russia, Regina Gallery, London (10.10 – 17.11.2012)

2011   

Composition 911. Special project of 4 Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, Moscow. Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow, September

The Russian, Primadellabiennale, 18Diviasulis, Cagliari

Vespro della Beate Vergine, Based on the production of Claudio Monteverdi’s «Vespro della Beata Vergine» Film, Video Installation. Scuola Grande di San Rocco, Venice

Der Messias / Haendel (version Mozart). Direction, Set & Costume Design. Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris (March 14, 16, 17, 19, 20, 2011

2010

Deep into Russia. Galleria Pack, Milan (16.02–17.04.2010)

Oleg Kulik solo show at Art Market Budapest / Léna & Roselli Gallery

2009

Moscow. TSUM. Spatial Liturgy #3. TSUM, Moscow, September

Vespro della Beate Vergine, 1610 / Cl. Monteverdi. Direction, Costume Design & Lights. Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris, France (January 24, 25, 27, 28, 29, 2011)

2008

New Sermon. Photos and Videos of performances 1993–2003, Rabouan-Moussion Gallery, Paris

Museum of Nature, or New Paradise. Leonhard Ruethmueller Contemporary Art, Basel

Museum of Nature, or New Paradise, Gallery Mudimadrie, Antwer

2007

Oleg Kulik. Chronicle. 1987-2007. Retrospective exhibition, Central House of Artist, Moscow

Museum of Nature, or New Paradise, Nina Lumer Gallery, Milan

1997
Virtual Dog. M.Guelman Gallery, Moscow
I Bite America & America Bites Me (together with Mila Bredikhina). Deitch Projects, New York

1996

Evening of Kulik’s Memoirs. Center for Contemporary Art, TV Gallery, Moscow

1995
The Same. Enter Scotinin. XL Gallery, Moscow. Booklet

My Family, or Nature is Perfect. M. Guelman Gallery, Moscow. Booklet

End of History, or Kulik Visiting Emperors. XL Gallery, Moscow. Booklet

1994
I Love Gorby. M.Guelman Gallery, Moscow. Catalogue

1990

Untitled. Windows of the Design Center, Moscow

Selected group exhibitions

2020–2019

Dead and Alive. 9th Triennial of Contemporary Art U3, Moderna galerija / Museum of Modern Art (MG+), Ljubljana (10.10.2019–12.01.2020

2019

One Family. GUM, Moscow (13.04–28.05.2019)

2018

PressionSuPression. In the framework of the exhibition Heavenly Beings: Neither Human nor Animal, Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova, +MSUM, Ljubljana (10.07–04.11.2018)

2017

Art Riot: Post-Soviet Actionism. Saatchi Gallery, London

Risk Change. In the framework of the MIG21 project, Museum of Contemporary Art Vojvodina, Novi Sad (27.10–19.10.2017

2016

Realisms marathon. State Hermitage. Saint Petersburg (June 10, 18pm – June 11, 6am)

Icons. Hå gamle prestegard, Nærbø (04.06.–28.08.2016)

Football – Hockey. Winzavod Center for Contemporary Art, Moscow (18.05–19.06.2016)

The Modern Art: 1960–2000. Restart. As part of the project “The Tretyakov Gallery opens its store” (15.04.2016–01. 09.2017)

Space Landing. Norilsk Art Gallery, Norilsk (08.04–22.05.2016)

Borsch and Champagne. Selected works from the collection of Vladimir Ovcharenko. Museum of Modern Art, Moscow (07.04–05.06.2016)

2000s. Collection of Ekaterina and Vladimir Semenikhin. Selected works. 2000 – 2005. Ekaterina Cultural Foundation, Moscow (29.01–31.07.2016)

2015–2016

Recycling Religion. WhiteBox, New York (12.12.2015-17.01.2016)

2015

Contemporary Art: Together or Nearby. Symposium. Central Exhibition Hall “Manezh”, Saint Petersburg (13.12.2015)

Recycling Religion. Satellite Art Fair, Miami (01.12-06.12.2015)

90s. Art Gallery, Yeltsin Center, Yekaterinburg (26.11.2015–27.03.2016)

Houses and Windows (with Milija Pavićević). Cultural Alliance. Marat Guelman’s project, Moscow (29.10 – 03.11.2015)

Burning Man. Black Rock Desert, Nevada (30.08–07.09.2015)

All of its. Leningrad Center, Saint Petersburg (20.03– 10.05.2015)

The art of being right here. Exhibition and charity auction. Museum of Modern Art, Moscow (05.03–05.04.2015)

Grammar of Freedom / Five Lessons: Works from the Arteast 2000+ Collection. Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow (06.02–19.04.2015)

Pussy Riot and the Cossacks. Institut Supérieur des Beaux Arts de Besançon/Franche-Comté. Besançon. (30.01–20.02.2015)

2014–2015

Surgery: Birth, Love, Meetings, Interests, Wishes. Ekaterina Cultural Foundation, Moscow (17.12.2014–15.02.2015)

Post Pop: East meets West. Saatchi Gallery, London. (26.11.2014 – 03.03.2015)

2014

Russian Performance: A Cartography of its History. Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow (17.10–05.12.2014)

Precious Framing. Painting and Its Frame. Dialogues. The State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow (10.09–30.11.2014)

In Search of the Horizon. Latvian Railway History Museum, Riga (22.05–20.07.2014)

FRICTION International Performance Festival. House of Peace, Uppsala Castle, Uppsala (14–17.05.2014)

GELITIN. DIE TUSOVKA RUNDE. Solyanka State Gallery, Moscow (12.05–27.07.2014)

do it Moscow. Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow (01.05–06.07.2014)

(14.02–06.04.2014)

Personal Choice: Collectors’ selections from their own collections. Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow (14.02–06.04.2014)

Transition and Transition. Josip Vaništa, Oleg Kulik, Blue Noses. Ludwig Museum – Museum Of Contemporary Art, Budapest (07.02–09.03.2014)

Reconstruction. Part II. Ekaterina Cultural Foundation, Moscow (24.01–23.03.2014)

2013

The Team I Can’t Live Without. Regina Gallery, Moscow (08.11–06.12.2013)

Artist in Society, Rabouan Moussion Gallery, Paris (7–28.09.2013)

Reconstruction. Part I. Ekaterina Cultural Foundation, Moscow (18.09 –24,11.2013)

Lost in Translation. Collateral Event of the 55th International Art Exhibition, Venice Biennale, Ca’ Foscari Esposizioni, Venice (29.05–15.09.2013)

2012 –2013

FLUIDENTITETI. Podgorica Collection for the Ars Aevi Museum. Art Gallery of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sarajevo (22.12.2012–5.01.2013)

2012  

In complete disorder. Russian contemporary art. Kandinsky Prize 2007–2012. Arts Santa Monica, Barcelona

La Peau de l’Ours. Rabouan Moussion Gallery, Paris (16.06 – 31.07)

The Best of Times, the Worst of Times – Rebirth and Apocalypse in Contemporary Art. ARSENALE 2012 / 1st Kyiv International Biennale of Contemporary Art. Arsenale, Kyiv

2011–2012

Surreal Versus Surrealism in Contemporary Art. IVAM, Valencia, Spain (06.10.2011–08.01.2012)

Russian Turbulence. Charles Riva Collection. Brussels (09.12.2011–03.03.2012)

2011

33 Fragments of Russian Performance. Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, Moscow (02.11-23.11.2011)

Art Market Budapest, Léna & Roselli Galéria booth, Budapest (27–30.10.2011)

GLASSTRESS 2011, Collateral Event of the 54th International Art Exhibition, Venice Biennale. Istituto Veneto di Scienze Lettere ed Arti – Palazzo Cavalli Franchetti; Berengo Centre for Contemporary Art and Glass;

Wake Forest University, Casa Artom, Venice

ARCO, Madrid (XL Gallery booth)

Art Paris, Paris (Rabouan Moussion Gallery booth)

Arte Fiera, Bologna (Pack Gallery booth)

2010

Alla Gloria Militar, Aircraft Gallery, Bratislava (06.05–15.09.2010)

The Origin of Darwin. State Darwin Museum, Moscow (09.03–18.04.2010)

Doors open day. A mansion – a gymnasium – a clinic – a museum. Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow

Always Other Art. Selected works from the collection of Viktor Bondarenko. Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow

Crossing Frontiers – The Artistic Search for the Identity in the Eastern Europe. City Gallery Prague, Prague

2009

Common History and Its Private Stories, Museum auf Abruf (MUSA), Wien

Video Art in Russia, Nina Lumer Gallery, Milan

I was Russia, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Dunedin

Europe XXL, Lille3000, Lille

Omne Animal. Moscow Zoo. Exhibition Hall, Moscow (26.09. 2009–11.10.2009)

Persona. Image. Time. Human Representation in Art: from Modernism to the Present-day.  Ekaterina Cultural Foundation, Moscow (18.09–13.12.2009)

History of Russian Video Art. Volume 2, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow

2008

Loss of Control, Marta Herford Museum, Herford

Altars of the Avant-gard, Gallery of Klovićevi dvori, Zagreb

My favourite Pastime, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin

Streetwise, Reina Sofia Museum, Madrid

Friction and Conflict, Kalmar Konstmuseum, Kalmar

Intolerance, Fondazione Ravello, Ravello

Russia-2. Special project of the 1st Moscow international biennale of contemporary art. Central House of Artist, Moscow. Catalogue

STARZ. Special project of the 1st Moscow international biennale of contemporary art. Moscow Museum of Contemporary Art. Catalogue

Accomplices. Collective and Interactive Art Works in Russian Art of 1960-2000’s. Special project of the 1st Moscow international biennale of contemporary art. The State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow. Catalogue

Always a Little Further. Main exhibition of the 51th Biennale di Venezia. Arsenale, Venice. Catalogue

Russian Pop-Art. The State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow. Booklet

Angels of History, Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, Antwerp. Catalogue

FIAC, Gallerie Rabouan-Moussion booth, Paris

Moscow Breakthrough. Bargehouse, London; Wapping Hydraulic Power Station, London (4–30.11.2005)

Berlin-Moskau. Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin – The State Historical Museum, Moscow. Catalogue

L’Autre moitie de l’Europe. Galerie nationale du Jeu de Paume, Paris. Catalogue

Performing Bodies. Tate Modern, London

47th Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen. Oberhausen

After the Wall. Art and Culture in post-Communist Europe. Moderna Museet, Stockholm – Hamburger Bahnhoff, Berlin – Ludwig Museum, Budapest. Catalogue

Le Fou dedoublé. L`idiotie comme strategie contemporain. Central House of Artist, Moscow – Regional Art Museum, Samara – Central exhibition hall, Nizhny Novgorod – Museum of Fine Arts, Ekaterinburg – Château d’Orion, Orion, France. Catalogue

Zeitwenden. Kunstmuseum, Bonn. Catalogue

Performances

2019

What is capitalism? Art Market Budapest, Inside Art program, Budapest (02.10.2019, 18h)

Golden Fleece, Fast molding. KIBLA PORTAL, Maribor (22.07.2019)

Idol, Fast molding. “GUM-Red-Line” Gallery, Moscow (22.06.2019)

Merry-Go-Round, Fast molding. Museum of Contemporary Art Vojvodina, Novi Sad (23.04.2019)

Parliament-2, Fast molding. “GUM-Red-Line” Gallery, Moscow (14.04.2019)

2018

PressionSuPression. In the framework of the exhibition Heavenly Beings: Neither Human nor Animal (10.07— 04.11.2018), Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova, +MSUM, Ljubljana (24.08.2018)

2017

Migration: Fountain. Risk Change exhibition (27.10–19.10.2017). In the framework of the MIG21 project, Museum of Contemporary Art Vojvodina, Novi Sad (27.10.2017)

2015

Rigorous Proof of an External World (together with Dmitry Volkov), in the framework of All of its exhibition. Leningrad Center, Saint Petersburg. (20.03.2015

2013

The Red Gratitude, K.Suns, Riga, 10.10.2013

Aspiration (together with Hermes Zygott), in the framework of Lost in Translation exhibition, Collateral Event of the 55th International Art Exhibition – Venice Biennale, Ca’ Foscari Esposizioni. Venice, 30.05.201

2012

Missionary, Regina Gallery, London, October 9

2008

Mudrā (together with Den Kryuchkov and Hermes Zygott). Marta Herford Museum, Herford. November

2003

 Armadillo For Your Show (during the opening of the exhibition “Live Culture”). Tate Modern, London. March 27

Hot Ten (in the framework of the Festival of Contemporary Art “ARTKliazma”). Moscow region, territory of “Kliazminskoje vodokhranilische” Pension. August

2001

Two Kuliks. Ikon Gallery, Birmingham. May 17

Two Kuliks (in the framework of the 1st Valencia Biennale). Las Reales Atarazanas, Valencia. June 10

2000

Pigeonloft. Zamek Ujezdowski, Warsaw. January 25

O, Montenegro! (in the framework of the Festival of International Alternative Theatre (FIAT’2000). Sea Shore, Budva (Montenegro). July 11

Kuliks (in the framework of the exhibition “After the Wall. Art and Culture in post-Communist Europe”). Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin. September 23

Kuliks (in the framework of the exhibition “Nordic, Baltic and Russian photography”). Finnish Museum of Photography (Cable Factory), Helsinki. November 11

1999

White Man, Black Dog. Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb. June 17

Kuliks (in the framework of the exhibition “After the Wall. Art and Culture in post-Communist Europe”). Moderna Museet, Stockholm. October 16

Minotaurus is You! (during the opening of the show “Zeitwenden”). Kunstmuseum, Bonn. December 26

1998

Two Kuliks (in the framework of the Festival of International Alternative Theatre (FIAT’98). City Theater Podgorica (former Yugoslavia). May 9

Armadillo For Your Show. “Factoria” club, Kiev. June12

Bloody Auction. Saint Nazaire (France), FRAC des pays de la Loire. August

White Man, Black Dog. Galerija Kapelica, Ljubljana. October 7

Two Kuliks. La Cucaracha restaurant, Riga. November 4

Kuliks. Ecole de Beaux Art, Paris. November 17

1997

Two Kuliks (Kulik Will Peck Up the Kulik’s Eye). M. Guelman Gallery, Moscow. February 12

I Bite America and America Bites Me (together with Mila Bredikhina). Deitch Projects, New York. April 12-26

Fourth Dimension (together with Mila Bredikhina; in the framework of the exhibition “It’s a Better World. Russischer Aktionismus und sein Kontext”). Wiener Secession, Vienna. June 6

The Prophetic Piece. Centro d’arte contemporanea Serre Di Rapolano, Siena. June 24

Kulik Against Koras (in the framework of the project of Soros Center for Contempotatry Art “Art Discourse-97”). City Market, Almaty (Kazakhstan). September 1

Two Kuliks. Palazzo Esplanade, Merano. October 14

1996

Police Dog. “Rosentol” night club, Moscow. February 20

Dog House (in the framework of the exhibition “Interpol”). Fargfabriken, Stockholm. March 2

The Body Speaks Louder Then Words! Museum of the Revolution, Moscow. April 9

Suspended. Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin. May 23

Pavlov’s Dog (together with Mila Bredikhina; in the framework of biennale “Manifesta I”). V-2, Rotterdam. June 5-25

I Love Europe. It does not Love Me Back. Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin. September 1

I Cannot Keep Silence Any More! (with support of the Centre d’art contemporain “La Faubour”). Strasbourg, in front of the European Council. September 20

My Place in the Art. Neue Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin. October 16

Armadillo For Your Show (in the framework of the exhibition “De Rode Poort”). Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Gent. November 9

1995

Reservoir Dog (during the opening of the show “Signs and Wonder. Niko Pirosmani and Contemporary Art”). Kunsthaus, Zurich. March 30

Alter Aegis / Bifurcation (together with Alexey Tabashov). Courtyard of the Center for Contemporary Art, Moscow. June 20

I Am a Beast Now (in the framework of the project “Turnkey Party”). Polytechnical Museum, Moscow. June 27

Political Look of a Man (in the framework of the demonstration “Animals Against Brutality”). Tverskaya street, Moscow. July 16

Zoocentrism Experiments. Moscow Zoo. July 23

Kulik Is a Bird in Fact. Gallery 21, Saint Petersburg. September 22

Missionary. Dedicated to Francis of Assisi (in the framework of the project “Art Belongs to People-II”). Peschanaya street, Moscow. October 27

Russian Safari (in the framework of a program “Election Race” organized by M.Guelman Gallery). Moscow, vacant lot in Vladykino district. December 15

Kulik is Your Deputy. “Pilot” night club, Moscow. December 25

1994

Meet My Boyfriend Charley. Regina Gallery, Moscow. May 1

The New Sermon. Danilov market, Moscow. September 15

Freedom of Choice. Patriarch’s Ponds, Moscow. October 23

The Mad Dog, or Last Taboo Guarded by Alone Cerberus (together with Alexander Brener). Bolshaya Yakimanka street in front of the M. Guelman Gallery, Moscow. November 23

1993

Deep into Russia. Village of Dubrovky, Tver’ region. July 16

Expositional projects

2012

1990-s: The Victory And The Defeat. The Territory 2012 Festival/School, Theatre of Nations, Moscow

Apocalypse and Rebirth in Chocolate House,  Parallel Program of The First Kyiv International Biennale of Contemporary Art ARSENALE 2012, Kyiv, Chocolate House, Kyiv National Museum of Russian Art. (15.05–14.06

2011–2010

And Water Flows Beneath the Ice. North Korean Contemporary Art. Winzavod Center for Contemporary Art, Moscow (17.12.2010–30.01.2011)

2010

ARCHSTOYANIE 2010. SUMMER. Forest liturgy “Nine Keys of labyrinth”. Landscape Projects Festival,

Nikolo-Lenivets village

2009

Kandinsky Prize Exhibition. Louise Blouin Foundation, London, 16.10–11.12.2009

2007

I Believe, Winzavod Center for Contemporary Art, Moscow, 2401–31.03.2007

 

llery, Moscow. September 11–October 11

Traditions of Russian Paintings. Museum of the Moscow History, Moscow. November 1–30

Mad dog or last taboo I
1994
Black & White photo
60 x 90 cm

Mad dog or last taboo II
1994
Black & white photo
60 x 90 cm

Windows – gorilla
2000
C-print
90 x 112 cm

Windows – sea lion
2000
C-print
90 x 195 cm

New sermon
2000
C-print
170 x 120 cm