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  ALBERT Yuri 

 Biographical information 
1959 Born in Moscow
1974 – 77 Studies at K. Arnold Studio, Moscow
1977 – 80 Studies at Pedagogical Institute, Moscow
since 1983 member of GORKOM of GRAPHICS
1987 member-founder of Club of Avant-garders (KLAVA)
2000 Krasner-Pollok Foundation grant
2001 Civitella Ranieri Fellowship, Italy

Teaching activities:
1994-1995 Master-class in United Art Studios/Contemporary Art Center, Moscow

Lives and works in Moscow and Cologne

 Collections where works are held 
State Russian Museum, Sankt-Peterburg
Ministery of Culture of the Russian Federation, Moscow
Ludwig Forum fuer Internationale Kunst, Aachen
Ludwig Museum, Budapest
Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest
The Zimmerly Art Museum, Rutgers University, New Jersey
Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki
Duke Unversity Museum of Art, Durham, North Carolina
Graphische Sammlung, Munich
State Tretjakow Gallery, Moscow
Stadtsparkasse, Cologne
Bakhchisarai Museum, Bakhchisarai, Crimea

 Participation in exhibitions and auctions 


1988 Fragments of the Moscow Underground (with V. Zakharov), Taidehalli, Helsinki
1989 Moscow Days (with V/O Medhermeneutika), Prague
1990 Krings-Ernst Galerie, Cologne
Three Artists – Two Generations" (with V. Zakharov and E. Steinberg), Stadsgalerie Heerlen,the Netherlands
1992 Pictures, collected by Y. Albert, 1.0 Gallery, Moscow
Mummy, look an artist!, L Gallery
How I became an Artist (with D.Gutov), Centre of Contemporary Art, Moscow
1993 "Triple Trying" (with A. Filippov and D. Prigov), Istitute of Contemporary Art, Moscow
1994 1.0 Gallery, Moscow (with V. Efimov)
1995 Mami, schau, ein Kunstler!, Hohenthal und Bergen Galerie, Cologne
1996 Selfportrait with closed eyes, Centre of Contemporary Art, Moscow
1997 Le chef d`oevre inconnu, Hohenthal und Bergen Galerie, Munich
1998 Spectators, Overcoat Gallery, Moscow
1999 Selbstportrait mit geschlossenen Augen, Haus der Niederlande, Mflnster
2004 Painting, Guelman Gallery, Moscow
2007 Exhibition. Era Foundation, Moscow
2008 Painting, Sculpture, Graphic arts. Stella Art Foundation, Moscow
Stories about art. Nizhni Novgorod State Museum of Arts, Nizhni Novgorod, Russia


Group exhibition in Albert`s apartment, Moscow

APT Art in Nature, Kalistovo (Moscow region)
APT Art beyond the Fence, Tarasovska (Moscow region)

Retrospective Exhibition of Moscow Artists 1957 – 1987, Hermitage Association, Exhibition Hall at Profsoyuznaya, Moscow
1st Exhibition of the Avantgardists´ Club (KLAVA), Avtozavodskaya Exhibition Hall, Moscow
Contemporary cubism, KLAVA, Moscow

2nd Exhibition of KLAVA, Avtozavodskaya Exhibition Hall, Moscow
2nd Exhibition of the 1st Creative Art Association, Moscow

Art instead of Art – 7 Artists from Moscow, Mucharnok Exhibition Palace, Budapest
Momentaufnahme: Junge Kunst aus Moskau, Alte Stadtmuseum, Münster; BBK, Cologne; Bielefeld
Perspectives of Conceptualism, Exhibition of KLAVA, Avtozavodskaya Exhibition Hall, Moscow
New Jerusalem, Exhibition of KLAVA, New Jerusalem (Moscow region)

1989 – 90
10 + 10, Contemporary Soviet and American Art, Fort Worth MAM; San Francisco MOMA; Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo; Milwaukee Art Museum; Central Artist`s Union Hall, Moscow; Central Exhibition Hall, Leningrad

1990 Towards the Object, Collection of the Tsaritsino Collection of Contemporary Art, Kashirskaya Exhibition Hall, Moscow In de USSR en Erbuiten, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
The Work of Art in the Age of Perestroika, Phyllis Kind Gallery, New York City
Schizo-China, Exhibition of KLAVA, Frunzenskaya Exhibition Hall, Moscow
UdSSR Heute – Soviet Art from the Ludwig Collection, Neue Galerie – Sammlung Ludwig, Aachen; Musee d`Art Moderne, Saint-Etienne

MANI Museum – 40 Moskauer Kuenstler im Frankfurter Karmelitenkloster, Frankfurt am Main
Gulliver´s Travels, Galerie Sophia Ungers, Cologne
Perspectives of Conceptualism, Clocktower Gallery, New York City; The University of Hawaii Art Gallery, Honolulu
OstKunst – WestKunst, Ludwig Forum, Aachen

a Mosca... a Mosca..., Villa Campoleto, Ercolaneo; Galleria Communale d`Arte Moderne, Bologna
CocArt, Galleria Bianca Pilat, Milano
III International Instanbul Biennale, Istanbul

Fluchtpunkt Moskau, Ludwig Forum, Aachen
II International Biennale Cetinje, Montenegro
Artist instead of Piece of Art, Central Artist`s Union Hall, Moscow

Kunst im Verborgenen, Nonkonformisten 1953 – 1995, Wilhelm-Hack-Museum, Ludwigshafen;
Documenta-Halle, Kassel; Staatlicher Lindenau Museum, Altenburg*
Werkstatt Moskau, Akademie der Künste, Berlin
in Moskau... in Moskau..., Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe
Papier, Hohenthal und Bergen Galerie, Cologne

1995 – 96
Flug, Entfernung, Verschwinden – konzeptuelle Moskauer Kunst, Haus am Waldsee, Berlin; Stadtgalerie im Sophienhof, Kiel; Galerie Hlavniho MestaPrahy, Prague

KLAVA – 96, Institute of Contemporary Art, Moscow
Artists for Nature, Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der BRD, Bonn
Ostsee Biennale`96. Bekannt (-) Machung, Kunsthalle Rostock

III International Biennale Cetinje, Montenegro
Mystical Correct, Galerie Hohenthal und Bergen, Berlin

11th Tallinn Print Triennale, Tallinn
Praeprintium: Moscow Samizdat Books, Berlin State Library; Neues Museum Weserburg, Bremen; Museum für literatur am Oberrhein, Karlsruhe (2001)

Modernism and Post-Modernism: Russian Art of the Ending Millenium,The Yager Museum, Oneonta, NY; Plattsburg Art Museum, SUNI, Plattsburg, NY; Elain L. Jacob Gallery Wayne State Uniwersity, Detroit, Michigan; Evergreen House Museum, The Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, Maryland; Fondo del Sol Visual Arts Center and Museum, Washington, DC; Willington B. Gray Gallery, School of Art, East Carolina University, Greenville, South Carolina

Bons baisers de Russie, Espase EDF Bazacle, Toulouse
2000+Arteast Collection: The Art of Eastern Europe in Dialogue with the West, Museum of Modern Art, Ljubljana

Mysterious relation, Museum of Mineralogy, Moscow
Russian Abstraction of XX century, State Russian Museum, Sankt-Peterburg

2000+Arteast Collection: The Art of Eastern Europe in Dialogue with the West, Orangerie Congress – Innsbruck; ZKM, Karlsruhe
Das rote Haus. Zeitgenossische russische Kunst aus der Sammlung Bierfreind, Städtische Galerie Bietigheim-Bissingen; Städtische Galerie Willa Zanders, Bergisch-Gladbach

Die russische Avantgarde und Paul Cézanne, Gustav-Lübke-Museum, Hamm
MM (Moscow Minimalism), Art Frankfurt, Frankfurt am Main

Moskauer Konzeptualismus. Sammlung Haralampi G. Oroshakov & Sammlung und Archiv Vadim Zakharov, Kupferstichkabinett, Berlin

Berlin/Moskau, Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin; State Historical Museum, Moscow

Berlin-Moscow/Moscow-Berlin 1950 - 2000. State History Museum, Moscow
Seven Sins. Moderna galerija Ljubljana, Ljubljana
My Kabakov. Stella Art Gallery, Moscow

APTART. 1982-1984. Ĺ.Ę.ArtBureau, Moscow
Accomplices. State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow
Works on the Edge. Ludwig Museum, Budapest
Reflexion. NCCA, Moscow; NCCA, Nizhni Novgorod; Yekaterinburg gallery of contemporary Art, Yekaterinburg
Allusive Form: Painting as Idea. Jane Voorhees Zimmerly Art Museum, New Jersey, USA
Russian Pop-art. State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow
Angels of History. Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen, Antwerp, Belgium
Portrait of face. "M`ARS" Centre for Contemporary Arts, Moscow
Essence of Life/Art. Ludwig Museum, Budapest; State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow; State Russian Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia
Collage in Russia. The 20th Century. State Russian Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia

Artists Against The State: Perestroika Revisited. Ronald Feldman Gallery, New York, USA
Soft Opening. Hohenthal und Bergen, Berlin
Portrait of a book. Guelman Gallery, Moscow

The history of Russian Videoart, Volume 1. MMMA, Moscow
I believa! "Winzavod" Centre for Contermporary Arts, Moscow
1st Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art. Thessaloniki, Greece
Thinking Realism. State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow
Adventures of Black Square. State Russian Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia
On Geekdom. Benaki Museum, Athens

The Future Depends On You. New Rules. Ethnographical regional Museum named after V. K. Arsenyev, Vladivostok; Krasnoyarsk museum-exhibitional centre, Krasnoyarsk, Russia

 Autobiographical notes 
Art is the most important aspect of my creative work. I am terribly concerned by it. I take a few elements related to art & I incorporate them in several ways. This is why my works are structured. I stop when the opportunity of a true observation occurs. I create works whose subjects bear conceptual solutions. In my creative process, I seek the type of art that can take a tri-dimensional aspect. It relates to tradition, to influences, to analogies; also to associations & to contracikztions. My latest works take a certain orientation in the space of art. Art value & the continuity of its developments are bonded.

 What the critics say 
Russian artist Yuri Albert, a Moscow Conceptualist who divides his time between Cologne and Moscow, presents the English-language version of his project `I want to make a picture so everyone says `Wow!`` (1986). Here Albert realises the dream of conceptualism and contemporary art to become great and `Real` art. Visual depiction can now never return to verbal gesture-aphorism, fixed in oil paints on the canvas in black and white.
Anticipating and/or annulling the public response (the WOW! of the masses) and scanning the `horizon of expectation`, Albert creates `metapainting` through his reflections in pictures and installations on exhibition rituals and the nature of pictorial representation.

Anna Petrova

Yuri Albert’s projects are devoted to the idea that the contemporary artist cannot create Real Art, nor can the contemporary viewer interpret it because the necessary organs have atrophied on both sides. Rather than presenting “live” works, Exhibition offered the public a written description of unrealized actions, while the artist who supposedly had not created anything read excerpts from Diderot’s Salons on video. It equated Enlightenment-era paintings, long forgotten in archives, with art that has yet to be made. In his performances Sculpture No. 2, or Walking Around the Exhibition and Blindfolded Excursions, Albert turned the viewer into the object of his experiments as he made a conscious effort to hinder the viewer’s access to beauty. In the former work, viewers had to walk around the museum with a stone in one shoe, experiencing tactile discomfort. In the second, they had to listen to a tour guide’s descriptions of the art while blindfolded. Thus Albert reveals the traditional museum as a place where it is fundamentally impossible for the viewer and the artist to meet. Like two characters out of Andersen’s fairytales, the trickster tailor and the boy who cries out that the emperor has no clothes, he suggests that we set off for a virtual or utopian museum of text, where this long-awaited contact can take place after the artist’s death.

Anna Tolstova

Albert Yuri, Zakharov Vadim. Beauty Saves the World, in: Flash Art International. # 139, 1987
Peschler, Erik A. Künstler in Moskau, die neue Avantgarde. Ed. Stemmle, Schaffhausen, Zurich, Frankfurt am Main, 1988
Tupitsin Margarita, Tupitsin Viktor. The Studios on Furmanny Lane in Moscow, in: Flash Art International # 142. 1988
Tupitsin Margarita. Margins of Soviet Art. Giancarlo Politi Editore, Milano, 1989
Schrepfer, Anna. Fragen an Juri Albert, in: Momentaufnahme. Junge Kunst aus Moskau. Altes Stadtmuseum, Munster, 1989
Erosion, Amos Anderson Museum, Helsinki, 1990
Leiderman, Yuri. On Yura Albert, in: Pictures, collected by Yuri Albert, Pastor Zond Edition, Koln, 1990
Groys, Boris. Juri Albert, in: Zeitgenossische Kunst aus Moskau, Klinghardt und Bierman, Munchen, 1991
Albert Yuri. Imennoy ukazatel, in: Pastor # 1, 1992, Koln
Albert, Yuri. Stranitsi khudozhnika, in: Khudozhestvenny zhurnal # 2,1993, Moscow
Albert, Yuri. Novaya Poligraphiya, in: Pastor # 3, 1993, Koln
Juri Albert. In: Schreibheft # 42, 1993, Rigodon Verlag, Essen (p. 117-122)
Albert, Yuri. Est li budushscee u nashego proshlogo? In: Pastor # 4,1994, Koln
Frangenberg, Frank. Juri Albert, Galerie Hohenthal und Bergen, Köln, in: Artis,oktober/november, 1995
Kozlova, Olga. Juri Albert:"Mama, posmotri-khudozhnik", in Khudozhestvenny zhurnal #8, 1995
Albert Juri. Selbstportrait mit geschlossenen Augen, in: Kraeftemessen, Kantz Verlag, 1995 (p. 91-93, 286)
Flug – Entfernung – Verschwinden, konzeptuelle Moskauer Kunst. Kantz Verlag, 1995 (p. 158-163, 311-312)
Becker, Kathrin. Seht Euch das an! Urteilt selbst! (Look at this! Judge for yourself!), in:Ostsee Biennale 1996 Bekannt (-) machung, Kunsthalle Rostock, 1996
Albert, Yuri. Kem ja hotel stat ili Paramen Nastojashego Iskusstva, in: Pastor # 6, 1997, Koln
Kuspit, Donald. Russian Art of the Ending Millenium, in: Russian Art of the Ending Millenium, SAUPRA Foundation, 1998
Albert, Yuri. Vazhnejshee iz chelovecheskih prav, in: Khudozhestvenny zhurnal # 23,1999, Moscow

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