Sergei Bugayev (Africa)

Born: 1966, Novorossiisk

Artist, curator. Born in the family of Anatoly Bugayev in Novorossiisk (1966). Collaborated with rock groups Aquarium, Kino and Zvuki Mu and Sergei Kuryokhin’s Popular Mechanics orchestra (from early 1980s). Associated with Timur Novikov and the New Artists group and painted his first pictures in a Neo-Expressionist style (from mid-1980s). Chairman of the Club of Friends of Vladimir Mayakovsky (1985). Starred in the main role in Sergei Solovyov’s film Assa (1987). Met the musician John Cage (1988). Designed the costumes for Merce Cunningham’s ballet August Pace (1999). Contributed to the Territory of Art international project at the Russian Museum (1990), Donaldestruction one-man show at the Lenin Museum in Leningrad (1991) and the Vexper Centre (1992) and the Fisher Gallery, University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Studied under Pontus Hulten at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris (1991). Editor of the scientific research magazine for modern art, philosophy and psychiatry Cabinet (from 1991). Contributed to the Cabinet magazine exhibition at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam (1997) and the Cocido y Crudo international exhibition at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid (1994). Crymania. Icons, Monuments. Mazafaka one-man show at the Österreichisches Museum für angewandte Kunst in Vienna (1995), Evolution of Image: Light, Sound, Material one-man show at the Russian Museum (1996) and Doctor and Patient: Memory and Amnesia one-man show at the Pori Art Museum in Finland. Represented Russia at the 48th Venice Biennale with the World: Made in the Twentieth Century project (1999). Contributed to the 1st Valencia Biennale (2001). Lives and works in St Petersburg. Contributed to exhibitions (from 1982), including one-man shows at the Österreichisches Museum für angewandte Kunst in Vienna (1995) and the Russian Museum (1996).

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