Biography

Bogdan Mamonov is an artist, a curator and a theorist of contemporary art, an author of installations, paintings, video and slide films, performances and book illustrations. He was born in 1964 in Moscow. In 1987 he graduated from the Moscow Polygraphic Institute. Starting from 1988 he has been exhibited in Russia and worldwide. In 1999 together with Valery Aizenberg, Liza Morozova and Anton Litvin they set up a group called ESCAPE which became the most vivid artistic community of the early 2000s. He is twice a winner of the prizes - the "Black Square" in 2003 and the "Arsenal" in 2004. In 2005 within the group ESCAPE he represented Russia at the 51st Venice Biennale. From 2008 he has been working on a large-scale project called "Tranquillizing the Memory" dedicated to the history of his family.
The artworks of Bogdan Mamonov are represented in the State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, New Jersey Museum of Contemporary Art and in the private collections of Russia, Great Britain, Germany, Spain, Portugal, USA, France and Switzerland.


Solo exhibitions:

2014 Tranquilizing the Memory. The Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow, Russia

2010 The Intimate Life of Gregory Speer. Sputnik Gallery, New York, USA
2009 Gun and the instruments. In collaboration with Ekaterina Rozhkova. Fabrika Project, Moscow
2008 The Intimate Life of Gregory Speer. Partner Project Gallery, Moscow
2006 Versions. Fine Art Gallery, Moscow
2000 Gifts. Fine Art Gallery, Moscow
1999 Zverev and Chirik. Zverevskiy Centre of Contemporary Art, Moscow
1999 Top Sambo. Sakharov Museum and Visitors Centre, Moscow
1998 Caligula. State Сentral Cinema Museum, Moscow
1998 Tranquilizing the Memory. TV Gallery, Moscow
1994 Conformists. In collaboration with Alexander Brenner. The Central House of Artists, Moscow
1992 Six Unknowns. Marat Guelman Gallery, Moscow
1992 A Fundamental Infantilism. Marat Guelman Gallery, Moscow
1991 Straight after the war with the Eskimos. Central Museum of the Revolution, Moscow

Selected group exhibitions:
2015 Victory as the new epos. Moscow Academy of Arts, Moscow
2011 Impossible Community. Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow
2011 At leisure time. Within the framework of the Prague Triennial. The National Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic
2010 Open Day. Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow
2010 Genuine Art. Fabrika Project, Moscow
2009 Exhibition of the Kandinsky Prize candidates. Louise Blouin Foundation Exhibition Hall, London, Great Britain
2009 “Really?”. The 3rd Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art. ARTPLAY Design Center, Moscow
2008 Exhibition of the Kandinsky Prize candidates. The Central House of Artists, Moscow
2008 Contemporary Russian Art. MODEM Centre for Modern and Contemporary Arts, Debrecen, Hungary
2008 Contemporary Russian Art. Danubiana Museum, Bratislava, Slovakia
2007 Genealogy of repression. The VII Krasnoyarsk Museum Biennale. The Krasnoyarsk Museum Center, Krasnoyarsk
2007 Nefertiti. The self-practice. Fabrika Project, Moscow
2005 Women without men. Russian Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia
2005 Face Portrait. M’ARS Centre of contemporary art, Moscow
2002 Instead of Art. Zverevskiy Centre of Contemporary Art, Moscow
2001 Warhol Week in Moscow. L-Gallery, Moscow
1995 5 year Anniversary of Marat Guelman Gallery. Moscow House of Artists at Kuznetsky Most Street, Moscow
1995 New Russian Art: Paintings from the Christian Keesee Collection. City Art Center, Oklahoma City, USA
1993 777 Distance Communication. Marat Guelman Gallery, Moscow
1993 777 Distance Communication. Reykjavik Art Museum, Reykjavík, Iceland
1993 777 Distance Communication. Galeria Nova, Bratislava, Slovakia
1993 777 Distance Communication. Storm Gallery, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
1993 777 Distance Communication. Kunstnernes Hus, Aarhus, Denmark
1993 777 Distance Communication. Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth, Great Britain
1993 New territories of art. Krasnoyarsk State Surikov Art Museum, Krasnoyarsk
1993 Conversion. The Central House of Artists, Moscow
1993 To the Seventh Congress of People's Deputies. The Central House of Artists, Moscow
1992 Triade. Grassi Museum, Leipzig, Germany
1991 5+1. Alte Kloster Gallery Gallery, Cologne, Germany
1990 Individual mythology - the new images. Moscow Youth Palace, Moscow
1990 Junge Sowjetische Kunst. Kassel, Germany
1990 5+1. Borghaus. Aachen, Germany
1989 Glasnost in Zundorf. Alte Kloster Gallery Gallery, Cologne, Germany
1989 5+1. Moscow House of Artists at Kuznetsky Most Street, Moscow
1989 …Before you turn 33. Moscow Youth Palace, Moscow
1988 Aidos. Moscow Youth Palace, Moscow
Major projects within the ESCAPE program:
2005 Too Long to Escape. The 51th Venice Biennale. Russian Pavilion, Venice, Italy
2005 Vertigo. Within the framework of the Human Project exhibition. The 1st Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art. The Central House of Artists, Moscow
2004 Attention. ApexArt Gallery, New York, USA (исправить в русской версии на Attention)
2004 Four Quarters. Within the framework of the exhibition “Seven Sins”. Museum of Modern art, Ljubljana, Slovenia
2004 Vertigo. Arsenal Gallery, Nizhniy-Novgorod
2004 Monstruation. Within the framework of the exhibition “To the Resort”. Kunsthalle, Baden-Baden, Germany
2003 Quartet. Within the framework of the Art Moscow Workshops. The Central House of Artists, Moscow
2002 Motherland Exchange. Within the framework of the Art Frankfurt International Fair. Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany
2002 Escape Tour Agency. Within the framework of the exhibition “Davaj”. MAK Museum, Vienna, Austria

Selected bibliography:
“Bogdan Mamonov: the genuine art is life.” An interview with Bogdan Mamonov. Papin Journal, № 1, 2011
“Painting - the conservative sphere”. An interview of Leonid Lerner with Bogdan Mamonov. Art Journal, №2-3, 2010
An interview of Leonid Lerner with Bogdan Mamonov. Art Journal, №1-2, 2009
Irina Bazileva. Activisation of the personal. Moscow Art Journal, №70, 2008
Andrey Kovalev. The new project of a radical from the 90s and an ally of the extreme personalities Osmolovsky and Brener. TimeOut Journal, March, 2008
Irina Chmyreva. The Intimate Life of Gregory Speer. Art Journal, №3, 2008
Viktor Miziano. The Intimate Life of Bogdan Mamonov. A catalogue of the exhibition The Intimate Life of Gregory Speer, 2008
Sergey Nadezhdin (Popov). Bogdan Mamonov. Versions. Art Journal, №1, 2006
Evgenia Kikodze. Problems of Visuality; Tvorchestvo Journal, №2, 2001
Alexey Penzin. Bogdan Mamonov. Gifts. Moscow Art Journal, №37/38, 2001
Irina Bazileva. Riot of the Artists. Moscow Art Journal, №30/31, 2000
Fedor Romer. Glory & Compassion. Capital Perspective Journal, №1, 2000
Fedor Romer. Bogdan Mamonov (cat.). A miscellany “Cultural Heroes of the 21st Century”, 2000

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