INSIGHTS: The UNM Art Museum Distinguished Lecture Series
Tuesday, February 11, 5:30 pm
My Artistic Evolution: From Post-Historicism to Neo-Mythology
a lecture by
Genia Chef, Distinguished Russian Artist featured in the UNM Art Museum’s exhibition
The Blinding Light of History: Genia Chef, Ilya Kabakov, and Oleg Vassiliev
Russian Paintings and Drawings from the Collection of Wayne F. Yakes, MD
on exhibition in the Clinton Adams Gallery
The lecture will take place in the Clinton Adams Gallery
Genia Chef is a Russian émigré artist, who presently lives and works in Berlin, Germany. Chef studied art and illustration in Moscow during the 1970s earning a Masters Degree and became a member of the Russian Non-Conformist circles. In 1985, Chef left Russia and moved to West Germany where he gained attention for his etchings based on the Marquis de Sade and began to study at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Austria, receiving his Master of Fine Arts degree in 1993, and earning the Fueger Gold Prize. During this period, Chef also traveled regularly between Vienna, Berlin, New York, and the Spanish coastal village of Cadaques, where Salvador Dalí and Pablo Picasso, also lived and worked. Later in 1993, Chef moved to New York City and exhibited his works with former members of the Soviet Non-Conformist movement and was included in exhibitions such as Post New World Order: Restructured Myths and Old Symbols / New Icons in Russian Contemporary Art at Stuart Levy Fine Art, Soho; and Monumental Propaganda at the World Trade Center curated by Komar and Melamid, before returning to Berlin.
In 2007, Chef was included in the second Moscow Biennale, where he exhibited his installation My Personal Temple. Genia Chef was recently the subject of a major solo exhibition titled Genia Chef: Glory of a New Century at the State Russian Museum in St. Petersburg, the largest museum in Russia. His work has been featured in exhibitions across the world and is held in numerous collections including the State Russian Museum in St. Petersburg; the Galleria d`Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Republic of San Marino; the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers; the Kolodzei Art Foundation; the Museum of Contemporary Art in Skopje, Macedonia; the Sigmund Freud’s Dreams Museum in St. Petersburg, among others. His work was also recently included in the Personal Structures exhibition at the recent 55th Venice Biennale.
Funding for this lecture series is generously provided in part by the Department of Art and Art History and by the Allene H. and Walter P. Kleweno Lecture Series Fund.