Semyon Motolyanets (b. 1982, Brest, Belarus) works in various genres: from graphics, painting, video to performance, installation and even literary works.

The work of Semyon Motolyanets is well known to both the St. Petersburg public and the art community outside the northern capital. Actively participating in group exhibition projects since 2006, he is also a member of the PARAZIT association and is one of the founders of the SOAP group, winner of the Innovation-2009 award in the New Generation nomination.

Motolianets's works — photographs, paintings, objects like screen covers, using Soviet archetypes — are energetic and biting postconceptualism, which is not enough on the local art scene.

Awards

2010

  • Kandinsky  Prize. Exhibition of the Nominees. Central House of Artists, Moscow, Russia

2001

  •  “Institute PRO ARTE” and The Ford Foundation Grant, St. Petersburg, Russia
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Primary solo exhibitions

2018

  • What has now become real. Marina Gisich Gallery, St. Petersburg, Russia

2013

  • 64+. Marina Gisich Gallery, St. Petersburg, Russia
  • The approach of past. Marble Palace, The State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia

2012

  • Timer. Lazarev Gallery, St. Petersburg.

2009

  • Crystallization. Marina Gisich Gallery, St. Petersburg, Russia
  • Bread. The Museum of Forensic Medicine, The Saint Petersburg State Medical Academy named after I. I. Mechnikov, St. Petersburg, Russia

2006

  • Vladimir Kustov. Painting 1987 – 2006. Marina Gisich Gallery, St. Petersburg, Russia
  • War. The Monument to the Heroic Defenders of Leningrad, The State Museum for the History of Saint-Petersburg, St. Petersburg, Russia
  • Crows and dogs. Dreams Museum of S. Freud, St. Petersburg, Russia

2005

  • Memory of the Ground. The Museum of Forensic Medicine, The Saint Petersburg State Medical Academy named after I. I. Mechnikov, St. Petersburg, Russia

2000

  • СrossCurrents. Out of context. Foreign Body. The Russian Ethnographic Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia

1999

  • Coma. Marble Palace, The State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia
  • Mausoleum and Necrosymbolism. The Lenin Museum, Tampere, Finland

1998

  • Petersburg’s Cemetery. Laterna Magica Gallery, Helsinki, Finland

1994

  • Morpho-Aesthetical fields of Evolution. Muu Gallery, Helsinki, Finland
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Public exhibitions

2019

  • The Roaring Nineties. Freedom without Borders. The Museum of St. Petersburg Art XX – XXI centuries, St. Petersburg, Russia
  • Plastic Mass. Marble Palace, The State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia
  • DA!MOSCOW. Gostiny Dvor, Marina Gisich Gallery booth, Moscow, Russia
  • Life After Life. Central Exhibition Hall “Manege”, St. Petersburg, Russia
  • Pass. Meditation on death in two parts, without prologue and epilogue, DK Gromov, St. Petersburg, Russia

2018

  • Radical fluidity. Grotesque in art. The Museum of St. Petersburg Art XX – XXI centuries, St. Petersburg, Russia
  • Freedom is Recognized necessity. Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • New ideas for City. New Exhibition Hall, The State Museum of Urban Sculpture, St. Petersburg, Russia
  • VDNH. Marina Gisich Gallery, St. Petersburg, Russia

2017

  • 10 Kiberfest. Gallery GROUND Khodynka, Moscow, Russia

2016

  • Corpus. Anatomical Theatre. The Russian Academy of Fine Arts Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia

2015

  • Painting beyond painting. The Russian Academy of Fine Arts Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia

2014

  • Istanbul Contemporary. Marina Gisich Gallery booth, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Vienna Fair. Marina Gisich Gallery booth, Vienna, Austria
  • Another capital. Contemporary art from St. Petersburg. The Museum of Moscow, Moscow, Russia
  • Crystallizations. Contemporary art from St. Petersburg. Wӓinӧ Aaltonen Museum of Art, Turku, Finland

2013

  • Istanbul Contemporary. Marina Gisich Gallery booth, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Art Paris 2013. Marina Gisich Gallery booth, Paris, France
  • Vienna Fair. Marina Gisich Gallery booth, Vienna, Austria

2012

  • Istanbul Contemporary. Marina Gisich Gallery booth, Istanbul, Turkey
  • ARCO Madrid. Marina Gisich Gallery booth, Madrid, Spain
  • Those who do not hear the music think the dancers have gone mad. Marina Gisich Gallery and Ural Vision Gallery, Yekaterinburg, Russia
  • Russians and Germans: 1000 Years of Art, History and Culture. The State Historical Museum, Moscow, Russia
  • Na Pole On. Lazarev Gallery, St. Petersburg, Russia

2011

  • Art Moscow. Central House of Artists, Moscow, Russia
  • ARCO Madrid. Marina Gisich Gallery booth, Madrid, Spain
  • Vienna Fair. Marina Gisich Gallery booth, Vienna, Austria
  • 4 Moscow Biennale of contemporary art. Special project. Necrorealism. Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow, Russia
  • Let’s smoke. Lazarev Gallery, St. Petersburg, Russia

2010

  • Art Moscow. Central House of Artists, Moscow, Russia
  • Kandinsky Prize. Exhibition of the Nominees. Central House of Artists, Moscow, Russia
  • Doors open day. A mansion – a gymnasium – a clinic – a museum. Russian Art, 1989-2009, from the Museum Collection. Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow, Russia
  • Stroke with the brush. “New painters” and Necrorealists. Marble Palace, The State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia

2009

  • Letter from the Island. Orel Art Uk Gallery, London, Great Britain
  • Art Moscow. Central House of Artists, Moscow, Russia
  • Sinyavinskaya symphony. The Monument to the Heroic Defenders of Leningrad, The State Museum for the History of Saint-Petersburg, St. Petersburg, Russia

2008

  • Kaliningrad-Koenigsberg 2008. The 9 th Baltic States Biennale of graphic art.  Kaliningrad State Art Gallery, Kaliningrad, Russia
  • Inertia. W139, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Art Moscow. Central House of Artists, Moscow, Russia
  • The Young, Aggressive. Musashino Art University Museum & Library, Tokyo, Japan
  • Red Army Studio. The Cultural Foundation “EKATERINA”, Moscow, Russia
  • Critique of colour. The Anna Ahmatova Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia

2007

  • New ideas for City. New Exhibition Hall, The State Museum of Urban Sculpture, St. Petersburg, Russia
  • Adventures of the Black Square by Kazimir Malevich. The State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia
  • The Future Depends on You. Pierre-Christian Brochet’s Collection, 1989-2007. Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow, Russia
  • Art Moscow. Central House of Artists, Moscow, Russia
  • Corpus Delicti. Offenes Haus Oberwart, Oberwart, Austria
  • Architecture: AD MARGINEM. Marble Palace, The State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia

2006

  • Art Moscow. Central House of Artists, Moscow, Russia

2004

  • Kandinsky and the Russian Soul. Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea Palazzo Forti, Verona, Italy

2003

  • Kunst und Verbrechen. Hebbel -Theater Berlin, Berlin, Germany
  • Plato’s Cave. Cultural Centre “Lamparna”, Labin, Croatia
  • Death in the Venice of the North. < ROTOR > association for contemporary art, Graz, Austria

2002

  • Art Manege. Central Exhibition Hall “Manege”, Moscow, Russia
  • Snowgirl – New Art from Russia. Zacheta Panstwowa Galeria Sztuki, Warszawa, Poland

2001

  • TIRANA BIENNALE 1. National Gallery & Chinese Pavilion, Tirana, Albania
  • Modern Art in a Traditional Museum. Approaching. The Museum of Forensic Medicine, The Saint Petersburg State Medical Academy named after I. I. Mechnikov, St. Petersburg, Russia

1999

  • Uus Kunst Peterburis, 1990ndad. Eesti Kunstimuuseumi naitustesaal Rotermanni soolalaos, Tallinn, Estonia

1997

  • The New Acquisitions of The Contemporary Art Department. The State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia
  • St. Petersburg-97. Central Exhibition Hall “Manege”, St. Petersburg, Russia
  • Kabinet. Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands

1996

  • Five years of The Contemporary Art Department. The State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia
  • Metaphern des Entrucktseins. Actuelle Kunst aus St.Petersburg. Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe, Germany
  • Self-Identification. Positions in St. Petersburg Art from 1970 until today. Marble Palace, The State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia; Sophienholm, Copenhagen, Denmark

1995

  • Idylle & Katastrophe. Kulturhof Kronbacken, Erfurt, Germany
  • St. Petersburg-95. Central Exhibition Hall “Manege”, St. Petersburg, Russia

1994

  • Self-Identification. Positions in St. Petersburg Art from 1970 until today. Haus Waldsee, Berlin, Germany; The National museum of Contemporary Art, Oslo, Norway; The State Art Gallery, Sopot, Poland
  • Necrorealism. Gallerie de Paris, Paris, France
  • Self-Identification. Positions in St. Petersburg Art from 1970 until today. Stadtgalerie im Sophienhof, Kiel, Germany

1993

  • Contemporary Petresburg Art. Exhibition and Auction. Hotel Nevsky Palace, St. Petersburg, Russia
  • Necrorealism in Hellerau. International Performance Art Festival, Hellerau, Germany

1992

  • Russian Necrorealism: Shock Therapy for a New Cultrue. Fine Arts Center, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio, USA
  • Garderop. Exhibition of the modern fancy-dress. Central Exhibition Hall “Manege”, St. Petersburg, Russia
  • Binationale: Sowjetische Kunst um 1990. Central House of Artists, Moscow, Russia

1991

  • Ex USSR. Groninger Museum, Groningen, Netherlands
  • Nevsky prospekt. Undergraund. Festival Nantes/St.Petersburg CRDC, Nantes, France
  • Kunst, Europa. Sowjetunion. Kunstverein Hannover, Hannover, Germany

1990

  • Binationale: Sowjetische Kunst um 1990. Kunsthalle Dusseldorf, Dusseldorf, Germany; Israel Museum, Weisbord Pavillion, Jerusalem, Israel
  • In the USSR and Beyond. Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Territoire de L’Art. Laboratoire. The State Russian Museum, Leningrad, USSR
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Collections

  • The State Russian Museum, The Contemporary Art Department, (St. Petersburg, Russia)
  • The Lenin Museum, (Tampere, Finland)
  • Moscow Museum of Modern Art, (Moscow, Russia)
  • Stedelijk Museum, (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
  • Private collections of the Russia, the Europe and the United States of America
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