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  ALEKSEIEV Nikita (Aleksei Nikitin) 

 Biographical information 
 
1953 Born in Moscow
1968-1972 Studied at the "Year 1905" Moscow Regional Art College (Section of Industrial Graphics and Advertising)
1973-1976 Studied at Moscow Polygraphic Institute (Department of Artistic and Technical Design of Printed Matter)
1976-1983 Participated in Collective Actions
1979 Co-organizer of MANI (Moscow Archive of New Art)
1982-1984 Co-founder and director of APTART Gallery
1987-1993 Lived in France
Lives and works in Moscow
 

 Collections where works are held 
 
State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow
State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg
State Collection of Contemporary Art, Moscow
Moscow Museum of Contemporary Art
Moscow House of Photography
Leonid Talochkin`s Collection Other Art, Russian State Humanities University, Moscow
Art4Ru, Moscow
Ekaterina Cultural Foundation, Moscow
Kupferstichkabinett, Berlin Museums
The Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum. The Norton and Nancy Dodge Collection, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA
The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, USA
Museo d`arte moderna e contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto (MART), Fondo Sandretti del `900 russo, Rovereto, Italy
Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Oklahoma City, USA
The Vadim Zakharov Collection, Moscow-Cologne
The Andrei Monastyrsky Collection, Moscow
The Paquita Miro-Escofe Collection, Paris
The Ollivier Moran Collection, Paris
The Dr. Steffen Andre Collection, Munich
The Pierre Brochet Collection, Moscow
The Count Hagen Lambsdorf and Countess Ruth Lambsdorf von der Weide Collection, Berlin
The Heritors of Paolo Sprovieri Collection, Rome/London
 

 Participation in exhibitions and auctions 
 

SOLO EXIBITIONS:

1984 For the Soul and Body (together with Konstantin Zvezdochetov). APTART Gallery (N. Alexeev`s apartment), Moscow

1986 Nikita Alexeev. Detsky Sad, Moscow

1989 Liebe und Tod des Nikita Alexeev. Galerie Roesinger, Cologne, Germany

1990 Nikita Alexeev. Galerie Roesinger, Cologne, Germany

1992 Cross-shaped Songs. L-Gallery, Moscow
Palais de I`arbre balai. La Base Centre d`Art Contemporain, Levallois-Perret, France

1993 Painting, Drawing, and Sculpture. L-Gallery, Moscow

1994 Heaviness and Tenderness. L-Gallery, Moscow
Two Moons. XL-Gallery, Moscow

2003 Antemortem Drawings. Let Every Thing that Has Breath Praise the Lord. Ulitsa O.G.I. Gallery, Moscow

2004 Final Cut. E.K. Art Bureau, Moscow
Towels. Recollections of Summer. XL-Gallery, Moscow

2005 Twelve from Holzheim (togetherwith I. Daniltsev). Moscow House of Photography, Moscow

2006 Black Towels for Karachokheli. E.K. Art Bureau, Moscow

2007 54 Winters. Museum Center of the Russian State Humanities University, Moscow
Screens. A.V. Shchusev Museum of Architecture, Moscow
Silver-Gold. 33,702 Putins and Other Histories. Paperworks Gallery, Moscow

2008 There Is. There Isnít. There Is. GMG Gallery, Moscow, Russia


GROUP EXIBITIONS:

1974
II Open Show of Paintings in the Open Air. Izmailovo Park, Moscow

1976
La Peinture russe contemporaine. Palais des Congrès, Paris
Spring Apartment Exhibitions. E. Renova`s apartment on 52 Leninsky Prospekt, Moscow

1977
La nuova arte Sovietica: una prospettiva non ufficiale. La Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy

1982
First APTART Exhibition. APTART Gallery (N. Alexeev`s apartment), Moscow
What are Plastic Arts? (one-day exhibition). House of the Artist, 11 Kuznetsky Most Street, Moscow
Traditions and Innovation (one-day exhibition). Exhibition room on Zholtovskogo Street, Moscow

1983
APTART in Nature. Kalistovo Platform, Moscow Region
Come Yesterday and You`ll Be First. City Without Walls Gallery, Newark; Contemporary Russian Art Center of America, Jersey City, USA

1986
Art Critics` Club (one-day exhibition). House of the Artist on 11 Kuznetsky Most Street, Moscow
Art against Commerce. Bitsevsky Part, Moscow
Primitive Art and Avant-garde (one-day exhibition). House of the Artist on 11 Kuznetsky Most Street, Moscow
Oh, Malta. Embassy of the Republic of Malta to the USSR, Moscow

1987
Creative Atmosphere and Artistic Process (first exhibition of the Club of Avantgardists). Exhibition Room of the Proletarian District on Vostochnaya Street, Moscow
Retrospective of the Work of Moscow Artists, 1957-1987. Hermitage Amateur Society, Exhibition Room on 100 Profsoyuznaya Street, Moscow

1988
»ŮKUNST‚Ó I. Kunstlerwerkstatt im Bahnhof Westend, Berlin
Exhibition in a Russian Bath (exhibition of the Club of Avantgardists). Men`s section of the Sandunovsky Baths, Moscow
5 Russes à Toulouse. Centre Culturel de L`Aerospatiale, Toulouse, France
Zeitgenossiche Malerei aus der Sowjetunion. Galerie der Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Bonn, Germany

1990
»ŮKONST‚Ó. Kulturhuset, Stockholm, Sweden

1991
Mani Museum - 40 Moskauer Künstler. Frankfurter Karmeliterkloster, Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany
Contemporary Soviet art: from Thaw to Perestroika. Setagaya Art Museum, Tokyo
Kunsteuropa. Kunstverein, Ganderkesee, Germany
La Base au Pays des Soviets. La Base Centre d`Art Contemporain, Levallois-Perret, France
Contemporary Soviet art: from Thaw to Perestroika. Setagaya Art Museum, Tokyo

1992-1993
a Mosca, ... a Mosca. Villa Campoleto, Herculaneum; Galleria Comunale d`Arte Moderna, Bologna, Italy

1993
Adresse provisoire pour l`art contemporain russe. Musée de la Poste, Paris
New View. House of the Artist on Kuznetsky Most, Moscow
RINACO Collection. Central House of the Artist, Moscow; Caisse des depôts et consignations, Paris

1994
II Cetinjski Bijenale. Cetinje, Montenegro
May Exhibition. Exhibition Room on 20 Kuznetsky Most Street, Moscow
Borderline Zones of Art. Museum of Art, Sochi
Victory and Defeat. Obscuru Viri Gallery, Moscow

1996
Fluxus: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow. History without Borders. Central House of the Artist, Moscow

1996
How to Draw a Horse (Part Two). Central House of the Artist, Moscow
On a Visit to Fairy Tales: Studying the Roots and Tree of Moscow Conceptualism. Center for Contemporary Arts, Moscow
International Biennale of Contemporary Art. Tbilisi

1998-2001
Praprintium. Staatsbibliothek, Berlin; Neues Museum Weserburg, Bremen; Museum für Literatur am Oberrhein, Karlsruhe, Germany; Oesterreichischen Nationalbibliothek, Vienna; Minoritenkloster, Graz, Austria

1999
Book of the Artist, 1970s-1990s. A.S. Pushkin State Fine Arts Museum, Moscow

1999-2000
Motherland or Death (exhibition of the Club of Avantgardists). Zverevskiy Center of Contemporary Art, Moscow; Museum of Non-Conformist Art (10 Pushkinskaya St.), St. Petersburg

2000
Red Square - White Tower. Volgo Balt freighter, Thessaloniki, Greece
Samizdat. Alternative Kultur in Zentral- und Osteuropa: Die 60er bis 80-er Jahre. Akademie der Kuenste, Berlin

2003
Neue Ansaetze. Zeitgenoessische Kunst aus Moskau. Kunsthalle, Düsseldorf, Germany
Moskauer Konzeptualismus. Kupferstichkabinett, Berlin

2004
New Acquisitions. National Center for Contemporary Arts, Moscow

2005
APT ART. 1982-1984. E.K. ArtBureau, Moscow
Apartment Exhibitions, 1956-1979. Museum Center of the Russian State Humanities University, Moscow
Accomplices. State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow
International Biennale of Contemporary Art 2005. Prague

2006
Fragile, Glass! A.S. Pushkin State Fine Arts Museum, Moscow
The Last Soviet Romantics. Zverevskiy Center of Contemporary Art, Moscow
Artists Against The State: Perestroika Revisited. Ronald Feldman Gallery, New York, USA
Off Book. Ex Libris. National Center for Contemporary Arts, Moscow
Lexicon of Modern Art. Article 1. Identity. Era Foundation, Moscow

2007
Artist`s Diary. Central House of the Artist, Moscow
Woe from Wit. State Literary Museum, Moscow
1st Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art. Thessaloniki, Greece
Word and Image. National Center for Contemporary Arts, Moscow
Sots Art. State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow; La Maison Rouge, Paris
Moscow-New York. Simultaneous Game Session. National Center for Contemporary Arts, Moscow
Arte Contro. Museo di arte moderna e contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto, Rovereto, Italy

2008
Qui Vive? - I Moscow International Biennale for Young Art - Moscow International Biennale for Young Art, Moscow

2009
"Das Tauwetter und die Zeit danach. Perestrojka - Moskauer Künstler (1986-1996)" - Teil III - Sandmann - Berlin, Berlin
Show Must Go On - GMG Gallery - Gallery Marina Goncharenko, Moscow
 

 Autobiographical notes 
 
 

 What the critics say 
 
At the beginning of the 1970s, Alexeev contributed to bringing together under a single banner all Moscow artists not officially recognized by the government and who, in turn did not recognize official art.

He had a central role in the early exhibitions of the Nonconformist Group, an ensemble of artists that organized underground performances in a Moscow apartment and contributed to the success abroad of the most important ďSecond Avant-gardeĒ retrospectives.

In 1975 he became one of the founders of the Collective Actions group, while in 1982 he opened and managed, together with other artist friends, the APT-ART gallery that was located in his apartment.

This experience as both artist and gallery-dealer allowed him to promote some of the most important art exhibitions in Moscow in the early 1980s. Nikita Alexeev currently lives and works in Moscow.

Despite having been greatly influenced by Conceptualism during his training, over the course of his artistic career Alexeev has slowly distanced himself from this movement, countering its complexity and cryptic, often incomprehensible language with a return to simplicity.
 

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