igor makarevich


Born in 1943 in Trialety, Georgia (USSR), Igor Makarevich lives and works today in Moscow. He attended the Moscow Art School during the years 1955-1962, and the Institute of Cinematography, also in Moscow, from 1962-1968. Makarevich's work responds to contemporary Russian life and culture, which he believes corrodes individual identity and seeks to efface nonconformist art. In the words of Andrey Monastyrsky, "Makarevich's work is all about destroying myths - public, personal and aesthetic ones." His art often takes the form of multifaceted constructions, such as installations or collages. 

Buratino, the Soviet twin of Pinocchio, frequently appears in Makarevich's work. The artist's disturbing perversion of the children's story character becomes a metaphorical figure for the shared goal of his contemporary official Soviet culture and Russian avant-garde artists: to create and promote an identity for the new Soviet man. 

Makarevich has exhibited broadly in exhibitions both within and outside of Russia. His work is also included in the collections of many notable museums such as the State Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow, the State Russian Museum in St. Petersburg and the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, California. The artist has received several recognitions for his work. In 1984, he was awarded the title of "Honored Artist of Russian Republic;" in 1998, he was a recipient of the Civitella Ranieri Center fellowship in Umbria, Italy; and in 1999 he was nominated for the Russian Federation State Award in Visual Arts. 


Watch Igor Makarevich and Elena Elagina interview with Hans Ulrich Obrist at Art Basel 40, June 2009: www.artbasel.com

Art Chronika-Intervew with I.Makarevich and E.Elagina (646 KB)

selected personal exhibitions

Igor Makarevich, Elena Elagina. Unknown Reasoning Powers
Stella Art Foundation in Skaryatinsky Pereulok


Manifestations Conceptuelles, Galerie Blue Square, Paris

in situ, Sponsored by Stella Art Foundation, Moscow; Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna (with Elena Elagina)

Mushrooms of the Avant-Garde, Rochelle School, London

Russian Idea, Dom Art Gallery, Moscow

Within Limits of the Sublime, State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow

Homo Lignum 03, National Center for Contemporary Arts, Moscow

Pagan, XL Gallery, Moscow

Drawing 1993-2003, Pinacotheca, Moscow

Master of Contemporary Russian Mythology, Gallery K, Washington, DC

Ironfly, XL Gallery, Moscow

Zooantropomozens, Central House of Artists, Moscow

The Prodigial Daughter, Museum Post-Chaise Wira, Navicula Artis Gallery, St. Petersburg (with Elena Elagina)

A la recherché du temps perdu, Krings-Ernst Galerie, Cologne

Borisov Museum, CFE edsvik, Sollentuna, Sweden

Life after Life SCAA, N. Novgorod

Drawings of the Old Soviet Masters, XL Gallery, Moscow

NOMAZH (New Image of the Museum of Animal Anatomy), St. Petersburg (with Elena Elagina)

The Secret Life of Trees, XL Gallery, Moscow

Homo-Lignum 99, Spider and Mouse Gallery, Moscow

Les Paradis Artificiels, XL Gallery, Moscow

Selections from the Diary of Nikolai Ivanovich Borisov, Hand Print Workshop International, Alexandria, Virginia

Partial Change, Obscuri Viri Gallery, Moscow

Homo Lignum, XL Gallery, Moscow

LignomaniaI, XL Gallery, Moscow

Die Moewe, Karin Hertin, Berlin

Playing Croquet, Obscuri Viri Gallery, Moscow (with Elena Elagina)

Leben im Schnee, Reise auf einem schwimmenden Eisfeld, Krings-Ernst Galerie, Cologne, (with Elena Elagina)

Living in the Snow, Russian State Museum, St. Petersburg (with Elena Elagina)

The Story of a Writer, Central Artist House, Moscow (with Elena Elagina)

The Seagull, Galerie Inge Herbert, Berlin

Maken, Russian house, Oslo

The Girl and Death, Central Army Club, Velta gallery, Moscow (with Elena Elagina)

Between Hope and Despair, Velta gallery, Moscow

Fish Exhibition and Another Installation, Krings-Ernst Galerie, Cologne (with Elena Elagina)

Within the Limits of the Sublime, L-Gallery, Moscow

Fish exhibition, MANI museum, Lobnia-Art Studio, Moscow

Freedom-Liberty, Phillis Kind Gallery, New York

Vavilov Street Exhibition, Moscow

Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (with Abramov Chuikov)

selected group exhibitions

Norman Archetypal Variations, National Centre for Contemporary Arts, Moscow

Counterpoint, Contemporary Russian Art — From the Icon to the Avant-Garde by way of the Museum, Louvre Museum, Paris

Blizzard, Arsenol, National Centre for Contemporary Arts, Nizhniy Novgorod

Russian Artists : an Art Superlative, Saint André Abbey Contemporary Art Center, Meymac, France

The Erastovs Home, XL-Gallery, Moscow

Making Worlds, Venice Biennale

Étude to Art Object, Moscow museum of modern art (MMOMA), Moscow


Wit Works Woe, VP Studio

Collages Russes, Galerie Blue Square, Paris

Architecture. Ad Marginem, State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg

The Word and the Image, NCCA, Moscow

Learning from Moscow - Positions of current art from Moscow, Stadtischen Galerie, Dresden

Adventures of the Black Square by Kazimir Malevich, The Russian Museum, St. Petersburg

"The Origin of Species," Art in the Age of Social Darwinism
, The Museum of Modern Art, Toyama, and Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art

Erase una vez Chernobil, Centro de Cultura Contemporanea de Barcelona

Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, Section "ACCOMPLICE"

Moscow- Warsaw, State Tretyakov Gallery

Mobilografie, House of Photo, Moscow

International Biennale of Contemporary Art in Prague

Russian Pop Art, New Tretyakov Gallery

Essence of Life- Essence of Art, Ludwig Museum - Museum of Contemporary Art, Budapest; The State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow; The State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg; Moderna galerija,  Ljubljana

Russia!, Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain; Bilbao, New York

Collage in Russia, the State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg

Esotericum, The Moscow Modern Art Museum

Berlin-Moskau, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin; Museum Historical, Moscow

Warsaw-Moscow 1900-2000, Zacheta National Gallery of Art; State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow

Beyond Memory: Soviet Nonconformist Photography and Photo-Related Works of Art, exhibition from the Norton and Nancy Dodge Collection curated by Diana Neumaier, at the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey; New Brunswick

Neue Anstze/ Zeitgenossische Kunst aus Moskau.Kunsthalle- Duesseldorf

Berlin-Moskau. Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin

Moskauer Konzeptualismus. Kupferstichkabinett Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

The illustrated Constitution of the Russian Federation, The Moscow Modern Art Museum

Abstract Art in Russia, XX Century, The Russian Museum, St. Petersburg

Art against Geography, State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg

Warhol connections, Gelman Gallery, Moscow

Le Pole du froid, Ecole nationale superieure des beaux-arts, Paris

L'autre MOITIE de l'europe, galerie nationale du Jeu de Paume, Paris

Photobiennale 2000, Moskau

KLAVA Lovers, Central Artist House, Moscow

The View from here, State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow

Artist's Book, The State Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow

Russland ohne zeitgenossisches Museum, Kulturabteilung Bayer, Leverkusen

Praprintium, Moskauer Buecher aus dem Samizdat.Staatsbibliothek, Berlin

Body and the East, Moderna Galerija Ljubljana/Museum of Modern Art

Mystical Correct, Hohenthal and Bergen Gallery, Berlin

The Word of Perceptible Gallery, things in pictures, State Pushkin Museum of  Fine Arts, Moscow

FLUXUS: Heute, gestern und Morgen. Geschichte ohne Grenzen, Zentral Haus der Kunstler Moscow

From Gulag to Glasnost, Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers

Zone, State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow

Fluchtpunkt Moskau, Ludwig Forum fuer internationale Kunst, Aachen

Kunst im Verborgenen. Nonkonformisten Russland 1957-1995, Wilhelm-Hack-Museum, Ludwigshafen am Rhein, Documenta-Halle, Kassel, Staatliches Lindenau-Museum, Altenburg

"Kraftemessen": The Damaged Utopia, Kulturreferat der Landeshauptstadt Munich

Zeichungen der Moskauer Szene, Hohenthal & Littler Gallery, Munich

Kraftemessen - instant Archeology, Akademie der Kunste, Berlin

Flug-Entfernung-Verschwinden, Galerie Hlavniho Mesta, Prague; Haus am Waldsee, Berlin; Stadtgalerie, im Sophienhof, Kiel

Paeckchen fur Deutchland, Central Artists House, Moscow, Tranen, Palast, Berlin

Provisional address, Musee de la Poste, Paris

Postmodernism, State Tretiakow Gallery, Moscow 

"Von Malewitsch bis Kabakov." Russische Avantgarde im 20, Jahrhundert vom museum Ludwig, Cologne

Another Art, State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow

Mani Museum, Karmeliterkloster, Frankfurt-am-Main

Soviet contemporary Art from Thaw to Perestroika, Setagava Art museum, Japan

Kunst: Europa, Soveitunion, Kunstverein Hannower

Ex USSR, Groninger Museum, Groningen, the Netherlands

"Between Spring and Summer," Soviet Conceptual Art in the Era of Late Communism, Tacoma Art museum, The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston

Inside the Object, Tsaritsyno Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow

Adaptation, negation of socialist realism, The Aldrich museum of Contemporary Art, CT

To the Object, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam

Exposition, Tsaritsyno Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow

New trends in Russian unofficial art: 1970-1980, the Museum of Soviet Unofficial Art, NY

20jahre unabhangige Kunst aus der Sowjetunion, Kunstsammlung des Museums Bochum

participated in All-Union Republic and -Moscow exhibitions

selected collections

State Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow

State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow

State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg

State Museum of Architecture, Moscow

Art Museum, Tyumen, Russia

Art Gallery, Tomsk, Russia

Art Gallery, Kaliningrad- Koenigsberg, Russia

Art Museum, Kurgan, Russia

Art Museum, Iaroslavl, Russia

Art Museum, Nijniy Tagil, Russia

Museum of Modern Art, Architecture and Photography, Berlin

J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA

Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, CO

Ekaterina Foundation, Moscow

Gazprom Collection, Germany


Igor Makarevich : Violets, 1998 SOLD
Igor Makarevich : Blue Buratino 1998 collage 50 x 60 cm
Igor Makarevich : Wrappers, 1998 SOLD
Igor Makarevich : Mushroom II	 2008	 Acrylic laquer on paper	 73x51 cm
Igor Makarevich : Mushroom I	 2008	 Acrylic laquer on paper	 73x51 cm
Igor Makarevich : Mushroom III	 2008	 Acrylic laquer on paper	 73x51 cm
Igor Makarevich : Diary of Borisov I	 2002	 Sepia print and colored ink	 30x24 cm
Igor Makarevich : I Love Ruse, 2007 SOLD
Igor Makarevich : Diary of Borisov II, 2002	 SOLD
Igor Makarevich : Black Square, 2008	 SOLD
Igor Makarevich : Figure on the floor from the series "Homo Lingum"  1997 SOLD
Igor Makarevich : Figure in the bed from the series "Homo Lingum"   1997  SOLD

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