artist

Igor Makarevich

1943
Born in the village of Trialeti, Georgia

1951
Moved with his parents to Moscow

1968

Graduated from the All-Russian State Institute of Cinematography, Moscow

since 1970

Worked as a book illustrator and theater designer

since 1979

Member of the Collective Actions group

since 1987
Member of the Avangardists’ Club

1984
Awarded the title Honorary Artist of the RSFSR

Lives and works in Moscow



Selected Solo Exhibitions
1970
One-day Personal Exhibition. Cinema Room of the Exhibition Hall of the Moscow Union of Artists on 11 Kuznetsky Most, Moscow

1971

One-day Personal Exhibition. Central House of Art Workers, Moscow

1979

Igor Makarevich. Exhibition Room of the Moscow Branch of the Union of Artists at 65 Vavilova St., Moscow
Abramov. Chuikov. Makarevitch. Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris

1991

Kabakov. Kizevalter. Makarevich. Galeria PARAL. LEL 39, Valencia, Spain

1992

A. P. Chekhov. Three Views (with Oleg Vasiliev and Yuri Vashchenko). National Centre for Contemporary Arts, Moscow; Murmansk Regional Art Museum, Murmansk, Russia

1993

Between Abandonment and Hope. Velta Gallery, Moscow

1994

Die Mowe. Galerie Art III Inge Herbert, Berlin

1996

Lignomania. XL Gallery, Moscow
Die Mowe. Karin Hertin Galerie, Berlin

1997

Partial Alteration. Obscuri Viri Gallery, Moscow
Homo Lignum. XL Gallery, Moscow

1998

Les Paradis artificiel. XL Gallery, Moscow
Selections from the Diary of Nikolai Ivanovich Borisov. Hand Print Workshop International, Alexandria, USA

1999

Selections from the Diary of Nikolai Ivanovich Borisov or the Secret Life of the Trees. XL Gallery, Moscow
Homo Lignum 99. Spider&Mouse Gallery, Moscow

2000

Notes: Photographic Commentaries on the Work of Collective Actions (with Valery Stigneyev). DOM Cultural Center, Moscow
Drawings of the Old Soviet Masters. XL Gallery, Moscow

2001

Zooantropomoses. Central House of Artist, Moscow
Book of Radiance. Hand Print Workshop International, Alexandria, USA

2003

Homo Lignum 03. National Centre for Contemporary Arts, Moscow
Pagan (with Elena Elagina). XL Gallery, Moscow

2005

Within the Limits of the Beautiful (with Elena Elagina). State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow

2008–2009

Mushrooms of the Russian Avant-Garde (with Elena Elagina). ARTIculate Foundation, Rochelle School, London; Sandmann Galerie, Berlin

2009

in situ (with Elena Elagina). Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna



Selected Group Exhibitions
1969
Student Graduation Exhibition. USSR Academy of Arts, Moscow

1970

Soviet Russia. Manege Central Exhibition Hall, Moscow

1976

Glory to Labor. Manege Central Exhibition Hall, Moscow
The Youth of Russia. Manege Central Exhibition Hall, Moscow

1979

Photographic Art. Exhibition Hall on 28 Malaya Gruzinskaya, Moscow
20 Jahre unabhängige Kunst aus der Sowjetunion. Museum Bochum, Bochum, FRG

1980

Nonconformists. Contemporary Commentary from the Soviet Union. Art Gallery, University of Maryland, Maryland, USA
New Tendencies in Russian Unofficial Art: 1970–1980. Museum of Soviet Unofficial Art, Jersey City, USA

1981

Nouvelles Tendences de l’Art Russe Non-Officiel. 1970–1980. Centre Culturel de la Villedieu, Elancourt, France 25 Years of Soviet Unofficial Art. 1956–1981. Museum of Soviet Unofficial Art, Jersey City, USA
2 Międzynarodowego Triennale Rysunku. Wroclaw, Poland 
Russian New Wave. Contemporary Russian Art Center, New York, USA

1982

Transplantation of Russian Spirituality. Visuals Studies Workshop, New York, USA
Aspekte sowjetscher Kunst der Gegenwart. Neue Galerie-Sammlung Ludwig, Aachen, Germany
First AptArt Exhibition. AptArt Gallery (N. Alexeyev’s apartment), Moscow

1984

Les Russes au present. Centre Culturel de la Villedieu, Elancourt, France

1987

Creative Atmosphere and Art Process. First Exhibition of the Avantgardists’ Club. Proletarsky District Exhibition Hall at Vostochnaya Street, Moscow
Retrospection 1957–1987. Hermitage Amateur Society, Exhibition Hall at 100 Profsoyuznaya, Moscow
Object 1. Exhibition Hall on 28 Malaya Gruzinskaya, Moscow

1988

Nowe ruskie. Palac Nauki i kultury, Warsaw
Sowjetkunst heute. Ludwig Museum, Cologne, Germany
Post-Socialist Realism: The New Soviet Reality. St. Mary’s College of Maryland Historic St. Mary’s City, Maryland, USA

1989

Expensive Art (Exhibition of the Avantgardists’ Club). Moscow Palace of Youth, Moscow
The Green Show. Exit Art, New York, USA; Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina; Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, Canada

1990

Towards an Object. Sadovniki Gallery (Krasnogvardeisky district Exhibition Hall), Moscow Adaptation and Negation of Socialist Realism. Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, USA
In de USSR en Erbuiten. Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam

1990–1991

The Other Art. Moscow 1956–1976. State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow; State Russian Museum, Leningrad
Between Spring and Summer: Soviet Conceptual Art in the Era of Late Communism. Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma; Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, USA

1991

MANI Museum - 40 Moskauer Künstler. Karmeliterkloster, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Solitary Pursuits. Na Solyanke Exhibiton Hall, Moscow

1991–1993

Perspectives of Conceptualism. The University of Hawaii Art Gallery, Honolulu; Clocktower Gallery, P. S. 1, New York; North Carolina Museum of Art, Riley, USA

1992–1993

a Mosca... a Mosca. Villa Campoleto, Herculaneum; Galleria Comunale d’Arte Moderna, Bologna, Italy

1994

Fluchtpunkt Moskau. Ludwig Forum, Aachen, Germany
Artist instead of An Art Work, or Jump into the Void. Central House of Artist, Moscow
II Cetinjski Bijenale. Cetinje, Montenegro

1995

Kunst im verborgenen. Nonkonformisten Ruβland 1957–1995. Wilhelm-Hack-Museum, Ludwigshafen am Rhein; documenta-Рalle, Kassel; Staatliches Lindenau-Museum, Altenburg, Germany; Manege Central Exhibition Hall, Moscow
Zeichnungen der Moskauer Szene. Galerie Hohenthal & Littler, Munich, Germany

1995–1996

Flug, Entfernung, Verschwinden. Konzeptuelle Moskauer Kunst. Galerie Hlavniho Mesta Prahy, Prague; Haus am Waldsee, Berlin; Stadtgalerie im Sophienhof, Kiel, Germany

1996

Fluxus: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow. History without Frontiers. Central House of Artist, Moscow
ClAva-96. Exhibition Hall of the Proletarsky District in Peresvetov Lane, Moscow
From GULAG to Glasnost. The Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, New Brunswick, USA

1997

Collective Actions. Exit Art, New York, USA
III Cetinjski Bienale. Cetinje, Montenegro

1998

Body and the East. From the 1960s to the Present. Moderna Galerija Ljubljana, Ljubljana

1998-1999

Fauna. New Manege State Exhibition Hall, Moscow; Zachęta Narodowa Galeria Sztuki, Warsaw

1999

Artist’s Book. 1970s–1990s. Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow

2000

ClAva’s Lovers. Central House of Artist, Moscow

2001

Fathers and Children. State Literary Museum, Moscow
Ein Tieferes Deutschland. Na Kashirke Exhibition Hall, Moscow

2002

Contemporary Russian Painting. New Manege State Exhibition Halls, Moscow
ProZrenie. II International Festival of Photography Festival. Nizhegorodskaya Yarmarka, Nizhny Novgorod, Russia

2003-2004
Berlin – Moskau / Moscow – Berlin 1950–2000. Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin; State Historical Museum, Moscow

2004

Esotericum. Tarot Cards. Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow
My Kabakov. Stella Art Foundation, Moscow

2004–2005

Warszawa - Moskwa / Moscow - Warsaw. 1900–2000. Zachęta Narodowa Galeria Sztuki, Warsaw; State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow

2005

Accomplices. State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow
Russian Pop Art. State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow
Russia! Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA

2007

Woe from Wit. State Literary Museum, Moscow

2008

Total Enlightenment. Conceptual Art in Moscow 1960–1990. Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt am Maine, Germany; Fundación Juan March, Madrid

2009

La 53 Biennale di Venezia. Venice, Italy

2010

Handmade Book. National Centre for Contemporary Arts, Moscow

2011

Blizzard. Arsenal, Nizhny Novgorod
Empty Zones. Andrei Monastyrski and Collective Actions. La 54 Biennale di Venezia, Padiglione Russo, Venice, Italy