Alexander Konstantinow

Play with Bricks

Wood, coloured
22 x 23 x 6 cm

Alexandra Mitljanskaya



Metall auf Glasfaser

74 x 99 x 5 cm

Wassily Pawlowsky

Variation zum Thema Gegenlicht Nr. 2


Holz, Farbe

60 x 26 x 26 cm

Walery Orlow



Collage auf Papier

40 x 52 cm

Oleg Kudrjaschow

Ohne Titel



9 x 7,5 cm

Elena Preis



Cardboard, Paper

115 x 70 x 70 cm

Elena Preis, Wilhelm Otten, Jelena Hahl-Fontaine

Alexander Konstantinov, Alexandra Mitlyanskaya, Valery Orlov

Transcriptions. Six artists from Moscow

Part one: 24. April - 1. August 2013

Part two: 6. September - 5. Dezember 2013

Wilhelm Otten has been fascinated by the Russian avant-garde as well as by the works of contemporary Russian artists since his first trip to Moscow in 1992. This enthusiasm and personal encounters with the artists inspired him to become involved in collecting Russian art.
The Otten Kunstraum´s opening exhibition in 2008 was dedicated to the Russian avant-garde and offered first insights into the country´s contemporary art scene as well. The current exhibition, which will be presented in two consecutive parts in the spring and autumn of 2013, shows works by six artists from Moscow – Alexander Konstantinov (*1953 in Moscow), Oleg Kudryashov (*1932 in Moscow), Alexandra Mitlyanskaya (*1958 in Moscow), Valery Orlov (*1946 in Ostrov), Vasily Pavlovsky (1932-2009, Moscow), and Elena Preis (*1938 in Moscow). The artists do not appear as a group, but go their own ways. These artists, whose works are part of the Otten Collection, feel connected to the spiritual heritage of the Russian avant-garde, which is among the greatest creative renewal movements in the art of the 20th century.
Their forms of expression and techniques present a broad spectrum reaching from drawings, collages and various print media through sculptures and reliefs to videos and photographs of architectonic installations in public space. Far removed from sensationalism, these abstract works, focused on the essentials, radiate a desire for contemplation, meaning, and depth. While “transcribing” the heritage of the Russian avant-garde, the Moscow artists build bridges between the Russian avant-garde and the present.



A catalogue in German and English has been published by the Verlag für Moderne Kunst Nürnberg to accompany the exhibition "Transcriptions. Six Artists from Moscow".
ISBN 978-3-86984-440-4
Price: € 28.00