1. Research Library

        It's a Better World: Russischer Aktionismus Und Sein Kontext – Russian Actionism and Its Context

        Joseph Backstein, Johanna Kandle, Kikhail Ryklin et al.

        Secession 1997

        ISBN 3900803900

      1. Catalog accompanying the exhibition: It’s a Better World: It’s a Better World. Russischer Aktionismus Und Sein Kontext [Russian Actionism and its Context], Secession, Vienna, curated by Joseph Backstein and Johanna Kandl (04.06.–13.07.1997). The exhibition was important in that it presented contemporary artistic positions from the Moscow context, and showed in particular the diverse reactions of artists to the dramatic financial, political, and cultural shifts that had taken place since the USSR broke up in 1991. The curators noted that the exhibited artists are ‘distinguished by their very personal and direct way of reacting to the political and economic situation -often by introducing seemingly absurd, sometimes self-destructive elements into their work that are full of humour, yet devoid pathos and any claim to universality.’ Artists in the exhibition were: Alexander Brener, Vladimir Dubosarsky & Alexander Vinogradov, Fenso Group, Vadim Fishkin, Ludmila Gorlova, Alexej Isaev, Oleg Kulig & Mila Bredikhina, Tanja Lieberman, and Nezesudik Group.