First Thursdays: Dmitri Prigov. Theatre of Revolutionary Action

Join us for a late opening of the exhibition Dmitri Prigov. Theatre of Revolutionary Action as part of Whitechapel Gallery First Thursdays.

About the exhibition

Calvert 22 Foundation is pleased to announce the first posthumous solo presentation of Dmitri Prigov’s work in the UK. Prigov (1940–2007) was one of the leading figures of Moscow Conceptualism and is known for his varied and prolific work as a poet, performer and artist using installation, video, typewritten books and other media.

The exhibition Dmitri Prigov. Theatre of Revolutionary Action at Calvert 22 Space will reflect on the different ways theatricality and performance influenced Prigov’s oeuvre, focusing primarily on his work after the fall of the Soviet Union. Part of the The Future Remains: Revisiting Revolution season at Calvert 22 Foundation marking the centenary of 1917, the exhibition will look back on the Soviet experiment and the ways Prigov harnessed ideological, philosophical and mystical languages to address themes of chaos, change and death.

Organised in collaboration with the State Hermitage Museum, the Hermitage Foundation UK and the Dimitri Prigov Foundation, the exhibition centres around an installation based on a drawing from the museum’s collection Series with Brooms (2000s). The exhibition will use performativity as a way of understanding Prigov’s works and the ironic mystical world they evoke. The installation, realised in collaboration with Prigov’s son Andrei Prigov, will be in dialogue with other works including a number of the artist’s early typewritten concrete poems (recently acquired by Tate), video performances and rarely seen objects and drawings from the Prigov Foundation’s collection.

Curated by Elizaveta Butakova-Kilgarriff.

FREE, RSVP required.

More information about the exhibition here.

Exhibition open to the public:
Wed – Sun, 12pm – 6pm
13 Oct – 17 Dec 2017

In partnership with the State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg, the Hermitage Foundation UK and the Dmitri Prigov Foundation.

Part of The Future Remains: Revisiting Revolutiona season marking the centenary of the Russian Revolution.