Marina Alexeeva (b. 1959, Leningrad, USSR). Since 1991 M. Alexeeva has been working with the media of micro-installation. The artist collects the sample interiors of public places and private living spaces placing them in small boxes – presenting sort of the concentrated environments.

The ever-increasing success of these “Lifeboxes”– currently one of the most in-demand works of Russian art – can be explained by the fact that M. Alexeeva’s boxes are connected to multiple facets of our artistic and everyday experience. They are not only “built-into” the self-description of relevant art, but they also unite cultural tradition with fresh modern-day customs. Most importantly, the artist includes one of the most significant functions that make modern life attractive: she turns standardization into a playing field.

Inside M. Alexeeva’s lightboxes, there is always a transformation of a standard going on. Any object in its normal place can, here, unexpectedly demonstrate freedom from stereotypes of behavior and perception. The author copies nature not in the sense of increasing the diverse versions of something, but by developing mimicry of the world’s vivid transformational power. The superb level of art in “Lifeboxes” is supported by the artist’s ability to look at things untraditionally and see their essence – new images.


After materials of the article by Ekaterina Andreeva

(contemporary art department of the State Russian Museum)

Awards

2018

  • CASTA DIVA Opera Prize in the nomination “World Premiere” for the opera “PROSE”, Stanislavsky Electrotheatre.
  • Theatrical Award of the newspaper “Moskovskiy Komsomolets”, nomination “Best Artist” for the opera “PROSE”, Stanislavsky Electrotheater.
  • Nominee of the Golden Mask Theater Award as an artist of the opera "PROSE", Stanislavsky Electrotheater.

2012

  • Project "Shuttle Van". Winner of the festival “Multivision”, "Video art" nomination.

2011

  • Together with Boris Kazakov, Kuryokhin Prize winner, Nomination "Art in public space".
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Primary solo exhibitions

2018

  • “WE ARE OPEN” project, part of the Cyberfest’11, Annen Kirche, Saint Petersburg. In collaboration with Vladimir Rannev and Sergey Karlov.
  • Illusions and periscopes, Alexandr Gallery, Rose, Montenegro

2017

  • “Rapid Eye Movement”, within the framework of the festival “Contemporary Art in the Traditional Museum”, The Freud Museum of Dreams, St. Petersburg, Russia.

2015

  • “Sequence”, In terms of the program by Diaghilev Festival, Perm Opera and Ballet theater, Perm, Russia.
  • "In common", Marina Gisich Gallery, St. Petersburg, Russia.

2014

  • “Out of Restraint”, LoftProject ETAGI, Grey Corridor, St. Petersburg, Russia.

2013

  • “Small retrospective”, State Gallery Solyanka VPA, Moscow, Russia

2012

  • “Life boxes”, Marina Gisich Gallery, St. Petersburg, Russia

2009

  • “From inside – From outside”. Marina Gisich Gallery, St. Petersburg, Russia

2008

  • “Black and White”. LUDA Gallery, Saint-Petersburg, Russia
  • “Black squirrel”. The State Hermitage. Young educational centre, branch the State Centre of Contemporary Art, St. Petersburg, Russia
  • “Residence permit”. Marina Gisich Gallery, St. Petersburg, Russia

2007

  • “The Dual Personality”, Marina Gisich Gallery, St. Petersburg, Russia

2006

  • “Traditional Museums in Contemporary Arts”. Pro Arte Institute, “Contemporary Art in a traditional Museum” Project, St. Peter and Paul’s Fortress, St. Petersburg, Russia

2001

  • “Inner Rooms”, the St. Petersburg Achieve and Library for Independent Arts, “Free Culture” Association, St. Petersburg, Russia

2000

  • “Inner World”, “the Rural Life” gallery, “Informal Capital”, St. Petersburg, Russia
  • “Seria Zelenykh” (the Greens Series), “Mitki Vkhutemas” gallery, St. Petersburg, Russia

1999

  • “Minimum nine rooms”, the State Center for Modern Arts MKRF, “A-Ya” (A-Z) Society, St. Petersburg, Russia

1998

  • “Squirrel. Neon”, “Mitki Vkhutemas” gallery, St. Petersburg, Russia

1997

  • “Soft Heart”, “Boreas” gallery, St. Petersburg, Russia

1996

  • “Beauty and the Beast”, Soros Center for Contemporary Arts, St. Petersburg, Russia

1993

  • “The Carpets”, Institute of the Modern Art, St. Petersburg, Russia

1992

  • “Insel” gallery, Berlin, Germany
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Public exhibitions

2018

  • Petrushestvie, MMOMA, Moscow, Russia
  • Casts, Museum of Casts of Russian Arts Academy, St. Petersburg, Russia
  • "Hypnosis of space. Imaginary architecture", Tsaritsyno Museum-Reserve, Moscow
  • the International media art festival CYFEST-11, WEATHER FORECAST: DIGITAL CLOUDINESS. Ca’Foscari Zattere, Venice.
  • HMAT 'DIORAMA', HMAT 'HEADACHES', Ground Khodynka, Moscow, Russia
  • Humpty and Dumpty Sat on a Pipe, MMOMA, Moscow, Russia

2017

  • Too much as not enough, vol. 1. Shtager Gallery, London, UK
  • WATERFRONT, Sevcabel Port, St. Petersburg, Russia
  • the Flight, in collab with V. Rannyev, D Day in St. Petersburg, Russia
  • Prose, Opera of Rannyev in 'Stanislavsky' Electrotheatre, scenography and video, Moscow, Russia

2016

  • CYFEST-10, Saint Petersburg Stieglitz State Academy of Art and Design, St. Petersburg, Russia
  • Co-author: exhibition-coloring, New wing of the Gogol House

2015

  • "New Story Tellers", The State Russian Museum, Marble Palace, Saint Petersburg
  • The Promise of a Landscape, PERMM Museum, Perm', Russia
  • VOLTA Art Fair, Basel, Swizerland
  • Russia. Realism. 21st century. The State Russian Museum.
  • Birds and Numbers, MMOMA, Moscow, Russia
  • Picture Arter Painting, Museum of Russian Arts Academy, St. Petersburg, Russia
  • Provenance, Marina Gisich Gallery, St. Petersburg, Russia
  • L'inconscient pictoric" exhibition, curator F. Javier Panera Cuevas, The Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya

2014

  • Signal 2014, Signal Art Space, St. Petersburg, Russia
  • Crystallizations. Contemporary Art from Saint Petersburg, Wäinö Aaltonen Museum of Art, Turku, Finland.
  • “The Other Capital. Contemporary Art of St. Petersburg Today”, Museum of Moscow, Moscow, Russia.
  • “THE CENTURY OF THE BED”, INSIGNIFICANT ALTERATIONS_ CURATED BY OLGA SVIBLOVA, KRINZINGER PROJEKTE, Vienna
  • Saint Petersburg take another look. OXO tower wharf, London, UK
  • Vienna Fair. Marina Gisich Gallery booth, Vienna, Austria

2013

  • THE FIRST BIENNIAL OF THE SOUTH IN PANAMA 2013, Panama city, Panama
  • Art Paris Art Fair, Marina Gisich Gallery booth, Paris, France
  • Crartoons covered with snow, 'ETAGI' Loft-project, St. Petersburg, Russia
  • VIDEO#RUSSIA, PERMM Museum, Perm', Russia
  • Always in the Vanguard. MURRAY EDVARDS College, Кембридж, Albemarle gallery, London, UK

2012

  • ARCO Madrid. Booth Marina Gisich Gallery. Madrid, Spain
  • Vienna art fair. Booth Marina Gisich Gallery. Vienna, Austria
  • Apocalypse and Renaissance, Chocolate House, Kiev, Ukraine
  • Retromutants, 'Cultproject' Gallery, Moscow, Russia
  • “Those who hear not the music think the dancers mad”, Ural Vision Gallery and Marina Gisich Gallery, Yekaterinburg, Russia

2011

  • ARCO Madrid. Booth Marina Gisich Gallery. Madrid, Spain
  • Vienna art fair. Booth Marina Gisich Gallery. Vienna, Austria
  • Art Moscow, Central Artist's House, Moscow, Russia
  • 4th Moscow biennale, Moscow, Russia
  • Movement Shape Dance, the State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia
  • Gates and Doors, the State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia
  • ARTisARTisART, MMOMA, Moscow, Russia
  • Cyberfest. Youth Center of the State Hermitage, St. Petersburg, Russia
  • “Russian Cosmos”, Castello di Rivoli - Museo d'Arte Contemporanea, Turin, Italy

2010

  • GogolFest, Dovzhenko studio, Kiev, Ukraine
  • Art Moscow, Central Artist's House, Moscow, Russia
  • 3rd part of russian videoart, MMOMA, Moscow, Russia
  • “New year party”. Multimedia art museum, Moscow, Russia

2009

  • Art about Art', the State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia
  • “Women in Contemporary Art”, New Exhibition Hall. The State Museum of Urban Sculpture, St. Petersburg, Russia
  • This is Luda'. 'ETAJI' Loft-project, St. Petersburg, Russia
  • “Art Moscow”, Central Hall of Artists, Moscow, Russia

2008

  • “Art Moscow”, Central Hall of Artists, Moscow, Russia
  • “Aurora”, Pro Arte Institute, St. Petersburg, Russia

2007

  • “Art Moscow”, Central Hall of Artists, Moscow, Russia

2006

  • “RUSSIA FLY BY”, HANGART-7, Salzburg, Austria

2005

  • “Collage in Russia, XX century”. The State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia.

2004

  • “Wild and Domestic”, Animalism in Russian art of XX-XXI centuries The State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia.

2002

  • “ESTESTVO” (The Nature), Contemporary art, St. Petersburg; Lonnstrom Art Museum. RAUMA, Finland

2001

  • “Mediahello”, the State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia

2000

  • “Flotsam.Jetsam” (“Suitcases”), Kulturforum Burgcloster, Lubeck, Germany
  • Project “Kino v tri okna”, “The Rural Life” gallery, Kolomyagi, (within the framework of the “Informal Capital” Festival), St. Petersburg, Russia

1999

  • “Russkialbum”, IFA, St. Petersburg, Russia

1994

  • ARS-95, the Modern Arts Museum, Helsinki, Finland

1992

  • “Garderop”, Central Exhibition Hall “Manezh”, St. Petersburg, Russia

1991

  • “AKUD” gallery, Berlin, Germany
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Collections

  • the State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia
  • Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow, Russia
  • Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow, Russia
  • Ekaterina' Cultural Foundation, Moscow, Russia
  • Fundacio Sorigue, Barcelone, Spain
  • Art Vectors Investment Partnership, Austria
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Education

1984

  • Saint Petersburg Stieglitz State Academy of Art and Design
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