Arseny Zhilyaev is an artist based in Moscow and Venice. His projects examine the legacy of Soviet museology and museum in philosophy of Russian Cosmism with using exhibition as medium. The artist's works have been shown at the biennales in Gwangju, Liverpool, Lyon and the Ljubljana Triennale as well as at exhibitions at Centre Pompidou, Palais de Tokyo, Paris; de Appel, Amsterdam; HKW, Berlin; Kadist Art Foundation, Paris and San Francisco; V-a-c Foundation, Moscow and Venice and others. Zhilyaev publishes articles in e-flux journal, Idea, Moscow Art Magazine and others. He is an editor of an anthology Avant-Garde Museology (e-flux, University of Minnesota Press, V-a-c Press, 2015). The artist graduated from Voronezh State University, Philosophical Faculty (2006); Moscow Institute of Contemporary Art (2008) and Valand School of Fine Arts, Goteborg, Sweden (2010). Recent accolades include Russian awards in the sphere of contemporary art, and a nomination for the Visible Award in 2013. 


date of birth: 26.06.1984 (Voronezh)
lives in Moscow and Venice 

education 


2008-2010 Valand School of Fine Arts, Goteborg, Sweden
2006-2007 The Institute of Contemporary Art in Moscow
2001-2006 Voronezh State University


awards and grants

Arseny Zhilyaev is the winner of the "Innovation VI" russian state award in the sphere of contemporary art, the special prize of Stella Art Foundation in 2010, the russian award "Soratnik 2010" and "Soratnik 2012" ("Companion-in-Arms"). The artist was nominated for the international Visible Award 2013 and Absolute Award 2015. In 2013-2014 Zhilyaev was awarded a scholarship within the program of Contemporary Art Museum “Garage” (Moscow) to support young Russian artist .

personal exhibitions


2017

-  "Moscow Diaries" (as a part of CEM), MMOMA, V-a-c Foundation, Moscow, Russia

2016

- "Italian Strike", Imaginary Future, San Francisco, USA
- "Life of Future Age" (with Dmitri Khvorostov), Smena, Kazan, Russia

2015
- "Cradle of Humankind-3", Kunstverein, Leipzig, Germany
- "Future Histories" (with Mark Dion), Casa dei Tre Oci, V-a-c Foundation, Venice, Italy 


2014

- "R.C.C. Y.H.V. "Memorial Exhibition", VCCA, Voronezh, Russia
- "Yerevan Museum of Future History" (in collaboration with collective of the project), Art-Laboratory, Yerevan, Armenia
- "M.I.R.: Polite Guests from the Future", Kadist Art Foundation, San Francisco, USA
- "M.I.R.: New Paths to the Objects", Kadist Art Foundation, Paris, France

2013

- "Save the Light", RND gallery, Moscow

2012

- "Museum of Proletarian Culture. The Industrialization of Bohemia", Tretyakov State Gallery, Moscow
- "Pedagogical Poem. Archive of the Future Museum of History", Presnya museum, V-a-c Foundation, Moscow

2011

- "Radio "October", Project Fabric, Moscow

2010

- "Rational Egoism", Regina gallery, Moscow
- "Words", Art-Propaganda, Samara, Russia

2009

- "New Museum of Revolution", HLAM, Voronezh, Russia


group exhibitions (selected)

2017


- "Towards Lighthouse: Form and Policy of Light", PERM Museum, Perm, Russia
- "History Weight", E-Werk, Freiburg, Germany
- "Imagined Homes", 6th Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art, Greece
- "Art Without Death", HKW, Berlin, German


2016

- "Local Resourse: Community Exhibition", California College of Arts, San Francisco, USA
- "The Eighth Climate (What does art do?)", 11th edition of Gwangju Biennale, South Korea
- "VII Permanent Collection Display: Interaction", MMOMA, Moscow, Russia
- "In Glory City Voronezh", Winzavod, Moscow, Russia
- "Social Contract", Izolyatsia, Kyiv, Ukraine
- 9th edition of Liverpool Biennial, UK
- "Beyond the Globe", 8th Triennial of Contemporary Art – U3, Moderna Galerija, Ljubljana, Slovenia
- "Unmotivated rejection", Pro Arte Institute, Saint Petersburg, Russia
- "Untitled (two takes on crisis)", de Appel, Amsterdam, Netherlands
- "Museum On/Off", Centre Pompidou, Paris, France

2015

- "La vie Moderne", 13th edition of the Biennale de Lyon, France
- "The Worker and Kolkhoz Woman. Personal Case", Worker and Kolkhoz Woman Museum, Moscow, Russia
- "...YAY! Sculpture!", Winzavod, Moscow, Russia
- "Really, Socialism?", Momenta Art, New York, USA
- "Modern Art Museum: The Department of Labour and Employment", Fine Art Museum of Ekaterinburg, in framework of 3d Ural Industrial Biennale, Ekaterinburg, Russia
- "Expanding Space. Artistic Practice in the Urban Environment", V-a-c Foundation, Moscow, Russia
- "Russland vs. Russland. Kulturkonflikte", Kunstraum Kreuzberg, Berlin, Germany
- "Rare Earth", TBA 21, Vienna, Austria
- "Specters of Communism", e-flux and James Gallery, New York, USA

2014

- "Truth Searcher", Victoria Gallery, Samara, Russia
- "Last Weekend on The Voronezh Sea", Don Foundation, Rostov-on-Don, Russia
- "IK 00: The Spaces of Confinement", Casa dei Tre Oci, V-a-c Foundation, Venice, Italy
- "Short History of Voronezh Art", Parallel Program of Vienna Art Fair, Vienna, Austria
- "Detective", MMOMA, Moscow

2013

- "Dreaming Russia", Albertina Museum, Vienna, Austria
- "Museum of Modern Art. Department of Work and Employment", Tretyakov State Gallery, Moscow
- "Re-Aligned", Tromsø Kunstforening, Tromso, Norway
- "From Here to Afternoon", MFAH - Museum of Fine Arts Houston, USA
- "Under the Sign «PI»", VCCA, Voronezh, Russia
- "Disobedience Archive (The Republic)", Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Turin, Italy
- "Living as Form. Nomadic Version", Fabric, Moscow, Russia

2012

- "Kandinsky Prize", Udarnik, Moscow
- "The Way of Enthusiasts", Casa dei Tre Oci, V-a-c Foundation, Venice, Italy
- "Under a Tinsel Sun", main project of Moscow International Biennale for Young Art, Moscow
- "Génération P", Festival RussenKo, Le Kremlin-Bicêtre, France

2011

- "Once Upon a Present", Gallery SC, Zagreb, Croatia
- "Nuts", Regina gallery, London
- "In search of an alternative", East by South West, Galerie Grita Insam, Vienna
- "Practice everyday life", Calvert 22, London
- "Phantom monuments", Art Centre Garage, Moscow

2010

- "History Lesson", Palais de Tokio, Paris
- "Interpolare", KJDT, Vienna, Austria
- "Prigov: point of construction", NCCA, Moscow
- "Vis a vis", Ecole nationale des beaux-arts de Lyon, France
- "Modernikon. Contemporary Art from Russia", Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo with V-a-c Foundation, Turin, Italy
- "Archstoyanie", Nikola-Lenivetc, Russia
- "FQ-Test", GMG, Moscow
- "Russian Utopias", Art Centre Garage, Moscow
- "Open doors day", MMOMA, Moscow

2009

- "New sculpture: structure and chaos", Solyanka gallery, Moscow
- "Labors movement", Special Project of 3d Moscow Biennale, Project Fabrika
- "40 Lives of One Space", Special Project of 3d Moscow Biennale, Red October, Moscow
- "Really?", Parallel program of 3d Moscow Biennale, Art Play, Moscow
- "Sopromat", NCCA, Ekaterinburg
- "Care", Divnogorie, Voronezh
- "Machine and Natasha", Project Fabrika, Moscow
- "We'll Take Action from Now On", Voronezh Centre of Contemporary Arts, Voronezh, Russia

2008

- "Russian Art: paradoxes of history", National Academy of Art, Sofia, Bulgaria
- "Intervention. Cognitive capitalism and space of mobility", University of Gothenburg, Sweden
- "Me, Nature" in the framework of "Moscow Young Art Biennale", Modern City Foundation, Moscow
- "Politic on the streets. 68.08", Fabric, Moscow
- "Digital Media 1.0", La Nau, Valencia, Spain.
- "Documenting Possibilities". Valand School of Fine Arts. Goteborg, Sweden.

Selected publications

- "Future Histories: Mark Dion and Arseny Zhilyaev", Mousse Publishing, V-a-c Press, 2016
- "Avant-Garde Museology", E-flux, V-a-c Press, Minnesota Press, 2015
- "Pedagogical poem. Archive of the future museum of history” with Iliya Budraitskis, Marsilio Publishers, V-a-c Press, 2014
- "Museum of Proletarian Culture. The Industrialization of Bohemia”, Marsilio Publishers, V-a-c Press, 2013

Selected bibliography

- A Fresh Start in Space: Ben Vickers in Conversation with Julia Tcharfas and Arseny Zhilyaev, Flash Art, #305, 11-12.2015
- M. Simakova "No Man's Space: On Russian Cosmism", e-flux Journal #74 06.2016
- V. Morisset "Red Room: The Future’s Pop Religiosity According to Arseniy Zhilyaev", Esse magazine #83 12.2014
- R. Khazam "Arseniy Zhilyaev – M.I.R.: New paths to the objects", Springerin, 3/2014
- N. Musteata "M.I.R.: New paths to the object", Artforum, March 2014, Critic-picks http://artforum.com/archive/id=45628
- A. Shental "Discursive Interventions into Russian Art", Frieze blog, 01.31.2013 http://blog.frieze.com/discursive-interventions-into-russian-art/
- S. Franceschini "Artists at Work: Arseniy Zhilyaev", Afterall, 21.11.2012, http://www.afterall.org/online/artists-at-work-arseniy-zhilyaev
- V. Diaconov "III Moscow International Biennale for Young Art", Frieze, 10.2012 http://www.frieze.com/issue/review/iii-moscow-international-biennale-for-young-art/
- "My beatiful venetian launderette", The Art newspaper, 31.07.2012 http://www.theartnewspaper.com/articles/My+Beautiful+Venetian+Launderette/26983
- "Klassenkämpfer: Arseni Schiljajew", art Das Kunstmagazin, 12.2012
- J. Neumeyer "Russian Twist", ARTnews, 10.2013
- L. McLean-Ferris "A practice of everyday life: Young Artists from Russia", The Independent, 30.03.2011
- E. Degot "A new order", Artforum, November 2010
- "La machine de l'eches", Rue Descartes, ?69
- Irene Calderoni "Quando la forma sovversiva L'arte russa un carrarmato", l'Unita, 23.09.2010
- Sara Arvidsson "3 avgngsutst llningar frn Valand", Konsten.net, http://konsten.net/?p=3308
- "Labors movement at operating factory", Television channel "Culture", from 08.10.09 http://www.tvkultura.ru/news.html? id=378368&cid=46
- M.Chehonadskih "To Practise speech in uncompromising perihelia", "Moscow Art magazine" #71/72, 05.09
- E.Antufev "The Monologue of the practising anarchist?", magazine "Hooligan" #01 (91)