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Elena Kovylina


b. 1971 Moscow, USSR


Solo Exhibitions

2015                  125 grammi,   VIDEOINSIGHT FOUNDATION (Turin, Italy)

                          Eternal time, Galery Ekaterina Iraqui (Moscow, Russia)

2014                  Rituals, Moscow fine art gallery (Moscow, Russia)

                          Equality (Egalite), MANIFESTA 10, The European Nomadic Biennial

2013                  Redpommegranates, Moscow fine art gallery (Moscow, Russia)

2009                  Le Malentendu, Analix Forever (Geneva, Switzerland)


2008                  The Appearance of ###### to the People Exhibition MANSON, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg
                          Dyings swans, Rabouan Moussion Gallery (Paris, France)
                          Rabouan Moussion Gallery, ArtParis (Paris, France)
                          Fond Contemporary city (Moscow, Russia)


2008                  Destination unknown, Central House of Artist (Moscow, Russia)

                          Equality, Contemporary City Foundation (Moscow, Russia)


2007                  Pari Nadimi Gallery (Toronto, Canada)


2006                  Love after the cold war, American Cultural Center (Moscow, Russia)


2005                  Boxing, XL-Projects (Moscow, Russia)

                          Live concert, XL-Projects (Moscow, Russia)


2004                  Theater of the homeless youth, DOC Theater (Moscow, Russia)

                          Chapel, Kuenstlerhaus Boswil (Boswil, Switzerland)


2003                  Red Shelter, Gallery K&S (Berlin, Germany)

                          Attacking Poetry, Paula Boettcher Gallery (Berlin, Germany)

                          Theater of the homeless youth, Berliner Festspiele (Berlin, Germany)


2002                  Red Shelter, Museum of the Revolution History (St. Petersburg, Russia)


2001                  Oppositions, Escape Gallery (Moscow, Russia)

                          Heroines from the East, Guelman Gallery (Moscow, Russia)


1999                  Visitng a fairy tale, Cyberfemin club, Gallery-21 (St. Petersburg, Russia)

                          Solo show, Moscow Institute of Contemporary Art (Moscow, Russia)


Selected Group Exhibitions

2018                  Cosmoscow, Gallery 21, (Moscow, Russia)

                          VS. Cravan, Visconti Palestra (Milan, Italy)

                          It’s OK to change your mind!, Istituzione Bologna Musei (Bologna, Italy)


2017                  Fucking Beautiful, Magda Danysz Gallery (Paris, France)

                          Moving Image: Performative Video Exhibition,  UMMA University of Michigan Museum of Art

                          (Ann Arbor, USA)

                          Dans with me video, MEP (Paris, France)

                          Transart (Bolzano, Italy)

2016                  Performance Égalité, Museumplein (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

2015                  We only existe when we create,  Analix Forever Gallery, CONTEMPORARY ISTANBUL

                          (Istanbul, Turkey)

                          BODY MEMORY, Analix Forever gallery, ARTISSIMA (Turin, Italy)

                          Russian Realism XX-XXI century, Museum of Contemporary Russian History (Moscow, Russia)

                          Kiaf 2015 Art Seoul, Arca Gallery (Vladivostok, Russia)

                          Vienna for art's SakeBelvedere (Vienna, Austria)

                          PC / Political correctness? Kunsthalle Palazzo (Liestal, Switzerland)

                          Memory & Oblivion, Station (Beirut, Lebanon)

                          Biennale d'art contemporain Hybride3 2015 (Douai, France)

                          Imago Mundi. Luciano Benetton Collection. Mappa dell’arte nuova, Fondazione Giorgio Cini

                          (Venice, Italy)

                         Taking Up Space, Articulate project space (Leichatdt, Austria)

2014                 The World Must Still Be Young, Stiftelsen 3/14 (Bergen, Norway)

                          Russian Performance: A Cartography Of Its HistoryGarage Museum of Contemporary                                             Art (Moscow, Russia)

                          Un Instant Forever / A Moment ForeverAnalix Forever (Geneva, Switzerland)

                          Art Bolonia, Ekaterina Itaqui Gallery

                          Vienna International Art Fair 2014 (Vienna, Austria)

                          Contemporary Istanbul, Ekaterina Iraqui Gallery

                          Manifesta 10, The State Hermitage Museum (St. Petersburg, Russia)

                          Reflex of memory, Anna Nova Gallery (Saint Peterburg, Russia)

                          La mirada compromesaFundación Francisco Godia (Barcelona, Spain)

                          do it MoscowGarage Center for Contemporary Culture - GCCC (Moscow, Russia)

                          Il Piedistallo vuoto. Fantasmi dall’Est EuropaMuseo Civico Archeologico di Bologna (Bologna,                                 Italy)

                          The Empty PedestalMuseo Civico Archeologico di Bologna (Bologna, Italy)

                          Against current, Gallery Mars (Moscow, Russia)

2013                  5th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art - Bolshe Sveta / More LightManege Central Exhibition                            Hall (Moscow, Russia)

                          The Voice And The Chorus - Russian Video ArtDe Hallen (Haarlem, The Netherlands)

                          International Women’s Day. Feminism: From Avant-Garde to the Present,  Central Exhibition Hall                                Manege (Moscow, Russia)

                          Dreams For Those Who Are AwakeMoscow museum of modern art - MMOMA (Moscow, Russia)

                          De madonna a Madonna. (De)construcciones de lo femenino en la sociedad contemporáneaDA2                           Domus Artium 2002, (Salamanca, Spain)

2012                  L’HISTOIRE EST A’ MOI!, Le Printemps de Septembre (Toulouse, France)

                          re.act.feminism #2 - A Performing ArchiveFundación Antoni Tàpies (Barcelona, Spain)

                          Montaje de Atracciones - Tirar del Hilo - Colección Artium / Sala Norte - ARTIUM, Basque Museum                           Center of Contemporary Art, Vitoria-Gasteiz

                          Le Printemps de Septembre — à Toulouse 2012les Abattoirs de Toulouse (Toulouse, France)

                          re.act.feminism #2 - A Performing Archive, Museet for Samtidskunst (Roskilde, Denmark) 

                          Beautiful PenisGalerie Nuke (Paris, France)

                          re.act.feminism 2 - a performing archiveGalerija Miroslav Kraljevic (Zagre, Croatia)

                          Heimat Heisst РОДИНАGalerie Wedding (Berlin, Germany)

                          SCOOP ART BASEL, Analix Forever Gallery (Barcelona, Spain)

                          Elena Kovylina video works, Cinefantom Club (Moscow, Russia)

                          Re.act.feminism#2, Galerija Miroslav Kraljev (Zagreb, Croatia)

                          ART PARIS, Analix Forever Gallery (Paris, France)

                          Russia: a swaddled soul, Rizzordy Art Foundation (Saint Petersburg, Russia)

                          Elena Kovylina video works, NCCA (Moscow, Russia)

                          Re.act.feminism#2, Instytut Sztuki Wyspa (Gdansk, Poland)

                          Cariatida, NCCA (Nizny Novgorod, Russia)

                          New Woman, Muzeion (Moscow, Russia)

                          Live Concert, Pechersky Gallery (Moscow, Russia)


2011                  ¡Patria o Libertad! On Patriotism, Immigration and Populism, Museum of Contemporary Art,                                      (Toronto, Ontario)


2010                  Interesting thing, NCCA (Moscow, Russia)

                          ARTE Video Night (Paris, France)

                          Transitland in Trieste, Studio Tommaseo - Istituto per la documentazione e diffusione delle Arti                                   (Trieste, Italy)

                          Patria o Libertad - The Rhetorics of Patriotism, Art Galery Miami Dade College (Miami, USA)

       Modernikon, Fondazione Sandretto (Turin, Italy)

       ŽEN d’АРТ - The Gender History of Art in the Post-Soviet Space: 1989–2009, Moscow Museum of          Modern Art - MMOMA (Moscow, Russia)

       100 years of performance, Garage Center for Contemporary Culture (Moscow, Russia)

       No More Bad Girls, Stiftelsen 3,14 (Bergen, Norway)

       Territories of the In/Human, Kunstverein (Stuttgart, Germany)

       Body. gestures, postures and beyond, National Gallery (Vilnius, Lithuania)

       La nuit des 1001 videos/Night of 1001 videos, Analix Forever (Geneva, Switzerland)

       No more bad girls?, WUK - Kunsthalle Exnergasse (Vienna, Austria)

       Analix Forever, Art Brussels fair (Brussels, Belgium)

       Man Son 1969, Vom Schrecken der Situation - Villa Merkel & Bahnwärterhaus (Esslingen,                       Germany)


2009                  Transitland, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía MNCARS (Madrid, Spain)

                          Dispari&Dispari project (Reggio Emilia, Italy)

       Agency for Contemporary Art Exchange at Ludwig Museum for Contemporary Art (Budapest,                Hungary)

       Transmediale festival for digital art and culture (Berlin, Germany)

       Gender Check, Museum of Modern Art - MUMOK (Vienna, Austria)

       Kandinsky Prize Exhibition (Moscow, Russia)

       Analix Forever, Show Off 2009 (Paris, France)

       Tirana Art Biennial (Tirana, Albania)

       Mobile Archive, Art In General (New York City, USA)

       Ultra-New Materiality, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, 3d Moscow Biennale (Moscow, Russia)

       Carriage, Vulnerability exhibition, Museum of Russian State University for Humanities (Moscow,              Russia)

       InterSpace Association (Sofia, Bulgaria)

       Exhibition Fiesta, Analix Forever (Geneva, Switzerland)

       Carriage, Lulea Art Biennale, LAB09 (Lulea, Sweden)

       video program Priere de voir, MiArt (Milan, Italy)

       City of Women International Festival of Contemporary Art (Ljubljana, Slovenia)

       History of Russian Video Art, Volume 2 - MMCA (Moscow, Russia)

       9th Sharjah Biennial - Sharjah International Art Biennial (Sharjah, UAE)

       5 Video, Lille 3000 (Lille, France)

       21 RUSSIA - Group exhibition of the contemporary Russian artists, Pinchuk Art Centre (Kiev,                  Ukraine)

       MAN SON 1969, Vom Schrecken der Situation, Hamburger Kunsthalle (Hamburg, Germany)


2008                  re.act.feminism - performance art of the 1960's & 70's today, Akademie der Kuenste (Berlin,                                     Germany)

                          Dying swans, Helsinki Academy of Art Gallery, Festival Lens Politica (Helsinki, Finland)

       Show off!, Analix Forever (Paris, France)

       Analix Forever Gallery (Geneva, Switzerland)

       Rabouan Moussion Gallery, ArtParis fair, Grand Palais (Paris, France)


2007                  Kovylina Action Gallery, Art Arthina fair (Athens, Greece)

       Kommunalka, Moscow Art fair (Moscow, Russia)

       Solo24Ore, MUSEION, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (Bolzano/Bozen, Italy)

       Egalite, Espace Electra (Paris, France)

       Ueberleben, Program Gallery (Berlin, Germany)

       Sots Art, La Maison Rouge (Paris, France)

       West-East, Orel Art Gallery (Paris, France)

       SWAY Gallery (Geneva, Switzerland)

       Art Athens, fair, (Athens, Greece)

       Love after the cold war, LOOP video art fair, Play Gallery (Barcelona, Spain)

       In the Presence of the Body, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Troy, NY, USA)

       Love after the cold war, Exhibition Black Quadrate, ZDH, 2nd Moscow Biennale (Moscow, Russia)

       Sots Art - Political Art in Russia and China, National Tretjakov Gallery (Moscow, Russia)

       Petroliana, Contemporary Art Museum, 2nd Moscow Biennale (Moscow, Russia)

       By Interaction, Lenin Museum, 2nd Moscow Biennale (Moscow, Russia)

       Partners in Crime, Gallery MC (New York City, USA)

       Pari Nadimi Gallery, ARCO Madrid (Madrid, Spain)


2006                  Knoll Gallery (Budapest, Hungary)

       Bunker No Bunker, Ramis Barquet Gallery (Monterrey, Mexico)

       Pari Nadimi Gallery, ARTISSIMA (Turin, Italy)

       Festival RIAP 2006 (Quebec City, Canada)

       Biennale of Sydney 2006 (Sydney, Australia)

       Wild Gift, performance festival, Limehouse Town Hall (London, England)

       Russia Redux #2, Sidney Mishkin Gallery, Baruch College, City University of New York (New York          City, USA)

       Love after the cold war, MAK Schindler House for Art and Architecture (Los Angeles, USA)

       Something about Power, Russian Video Art Piano Nobile (Geneva, Switzerland)

       "The Medal," "Transit Art Spase" (Stavanger, Norway)


2005                  "Boxing," "We are the artist", K-3 Project Space (Zurich, Switzerland)

                          Festival Europalia Russia, Kunstencentrum Vooruit (Gent, Belgium)

       Waltz at Miami, Gallery Schroeder Romeo/NY, NADA Art Fair, Miami Beach (Miami, USA)

       Russia Redux, Gallery Schroeder Romero (New York City, USA)

       2nd Prague Biennale (Prague, Czech Republic)

       Red Shelter, The Politics of Care, Whitney Museum (New York City, USA)

       Play boy show, Art Moscow 2005 (Moscow, Russia)

       Karin Sachs Gallery, Art Moscow fair (Moscow, Russia)

       Karin Sachs Gallery, Art Vienna fair (Vienna, Austria)

       Legal Prostitution in Russia, Museum of Modern Art, 1st Moscow Biennale (Moscow, Russia)

       The Medal, No comment, 1st Moscow Biennale (Moscow, Russia)


2004                  Waltz, The seven sins, Museum of Modern Art (Ljubljana, Slovenia)

       Palace, Palazzo Pfafava (Venice, Italy)

       Waltz, Hamburger Kunsthalle (Hamburg, Germany)

       Bahnhof Belorusskij, IFA Gallery (Stuttgart, Germany)

       Moral inspection, International Performing Art Festival (Salzburg, Austria)

       Hallo, NY! Apex Art Gallery (New York City, USA)

       Tea ceremony, Kunsthalle Baden-Baden (Baden-Baden, Germany)


2003                  Kidnapping of an assistant, Art without Crime, Hebbel Theater (Berlin, Germany)

                          Belorusskij Train Station, IFA Gallery (Berlin, Germany)

                          The Medal, Ministry of the Foreign Affairs (Berlin, Germany)

                          Domophone, 1st Prague Biennale (Prague, Czech Republic)

                          Do it yourself, Contemporary Art Museum (Belgrade, Serbia)


2002                  Waltz, Foundation Cartier (Paris, France)

       Committee Red Shelter, Schloss Solitude (Stuttgart, Germany)

       Pincode, Ujazdowsky Castle (Warsaw, Poland)

       Where their parents are?, Paula Boettcher Gallery, Art Forum Berlin (Berlin, Germany)

       Neighbors, Berliner Festwochen (Berlin, Germany)

       Do it yourself, K-4 Gallery (Ljubljana, Slovenia)

       Shooting gallery, “Deconstruction”, Cetinie Biennale (Montenegro)

       Shooting gallery, "Davaj! Russian Art now", MAK (Vienna, Austria)

       Gosstop, "Female sight", National Tretjakow Gallery (Moscow, Russia)

       Davaj! Russian Art Now, Postfuhramt (Berlin, Germany)

       Check Point Charly (Berlin, Germany)


2001                  RA Gallery (Kiev, Ukraine)

       Waltz, Volker und Freude Galerie (Berlin, Germany)

       Love. Opposition. Cool., Guardini Foundation (Berlin, Germany)

       Elections of the President of the Universe, Performance Festival, Schloss Broellin (Broellin,                     Germany)

       Extreme right–left, UdK Berlin, Class of the prof. Rebecca Horn

       The Babylon Tower, “Line”, Samara Art Museum (Samara, Russia)


2000                  A moment of glory, Et Cetera Theater (Moscow, Russia)

       Rescue my soul, "Sea", International Forum of the Modern Art (Sotchi, Russia)

       Kidnapping of Europe, "Paradise Zero", Central Cathedral (Uppsala, Sweden)

       Heroines from the East, Museum de la Ville (Paris, France)

       News, International Performance Festival, Bolshoi Manege (St. Petersburg, Russia)

       Information, International festival of modern arts, Chagall Museum (Vitebsk, Belarus)

       Do it yourself!, Zverev Center of the Comtemporary Art (Moscow, Russia)

       Absence of a Hero, A-3 Gallery (Moscow, Russia)


1999                  The Babylon Tower, Theater Campanor (Santiago de Compostela, Spain)

       The Babylon Tower, Diaspora Art Festival (Ovjedo, Spain)

       "Medusas" , Feminist summer school (Foros, Crimea, Ukraine)

       To the future, Kunsthalle Steyr (Steyr, Austria)

       Green Apple (Yerevan, Armenia)

       Love is a male discourse, Festival of the Modern Art (Minsk, Belarus)

       "To the future," "The last generation", Spider and Mouse Gallery (Moscow, Russia)


1998                  On the other side… Emergency exit, festival of performance art (St. Petersburg, Russia)

       Ruble rate, Central Bank Russia (Moscow, Russia)

       Information, International Festival of Modern Arts, Chagall Museum (Vitebsk, Belarus)


1997                  Video-paintings, Video unten Grund (Zurich, Switzerland)

                          Self-portrait, Rote Fabrik (Zurich, Switzerland)




                          ARTIUM Centro-Museo Vasco de Arte Contemporáneo Fondazione, (Araba, Spain) 

                          MAK Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art, (Vienna, Austria)

                          Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, (Turin, Italy) 

                          Centro Video insight, (Turin, Italy)

                          National Museum of Woman in the Arts, (Washington D.C, USA) 

                          V-A-C Foundation, (Moscow, Russia) 

                          Kunsthalle, (Hamburg, Germany)

                          Zarya center for contemporary art, Vladivostok, (Russia)

                          Gazprombank collections, (Russia)

                          Stella art Foundation, (Moscow, Russia)

                          Burasan Foundation, (Istanbul, Turkey)

                          The State Hermitage Museum, (Saint Petersburg, Russia) 

                          Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, (Turin, Italy)

       Centro Videoinsight, (Turin, Italy)

       National Museum of Woman in the Arts, (Washington D.C, USA)

       Foundation Viktory? (Moscow, Russia)

       Foundation Contemporary, MMOMA Moscow Museum of Contemporary art, (Moscow, Russia)

       Private collections of Victor Bondarenko etc.

                          Private collections of Alexander Bondarenko
                          Private collections of Pierre Brochet 

                          Private collections of Mikhail Alshibaya etc. 




2007                  Centre International des Recollets (Paris, France)

2006                  Kuenstler Haus Schlieren (Zurich, Switzerland)


2005                  MAK Schindler House Art and Architecture Residence Program (Los Angeles, USA)


2004                  Kuenstler Haus Boswil (Boswil, Switzerland)

                          Kuenstler Haus Schoeppingen (Schoeppingen, Germany)

2002                  Academy Schloss Solitude (Stuttgart, Germany)



1988-1991         Art School


1993-1995         Art Academy (Moscow, Russia)


1996-1998         F+F Art and Media School (Zurich, Switzerland)


1998-1999         Center of Contemporary Art (Moscow, Russia)


2001-2003         UdK Berlin, Class of Prof. Rebecca Horn, Diploma multi-media (Berlin, Germany)

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