Project by Anatoly Shuravlev for the Elizarovs’ Apartment Museum

Anatoly Shuravlev’s artistic career took its starting point in the artistic environment of the Moscow Conceptualism. In his photo-based works, videos, installations, and paintings, Shuravlev analyses wide-ranging questions of image politics and representational politics. In the past years, he extensively started to work with glass and developed a new body of work that consists of engraved crystal glass vases.


The words and signs that Shuravlev is engraving on the high-quality vases come – in the artist’s own words – from a stream of the subconscious and include elements of graffiti and street culture that are brought to the surfaces in a rough and expressive style of engraving. Elements of high culture in the form of expensive vases and of low culture in the form of engravings collide in his series of glass vases and raise questions about value-creation processes of visual art and applied art, of the unique and the copy.



For the festival, Shuravlev developed a new work made especially for the Elizarovs’ Museum’s display case dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the October revolution. The key element of the museum’s display case is a mass-produced drinking glass designed by famous Soviet sculptress Vera Mukhina. For the new series, Shuravlev reverses the principle used for the crystal glass vases: He engraves cheap and mass produced glass objects of a Soviet descent with elements of the Russian and Soviet avant-garde art as well as single phrases from the subconscious, i.e. a cheap object is combined with elements of a high cultural level.

Anatoly Shuravlev (Russia – Germany)

Anatoly Shuravlev was born in Moscow in 1963 and lives in Moscow and Berlin. Since the 1990s, he exhibited around the globe and participated in prestigious exhibitions including the Berlin Biennial, São Paulo Biennial, and the Moscow Biennial. In 2009, he represented his home country in the Russian Pavilion at the Venice Biennial.



In recent years his works were exhibited at the following institutions (selection): Alex Mylona Museum – Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens (2017); Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki (2017); Museu Arte Arquitetura Tecnologia, Lisbon (2017); Tarahan Azad Art Gallery, Tehran (2017); CC. art space, Isfahan / Iran (2017); Dordrechts Museum, The Netherlands (2016); The State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow (2016); L40, Berlin (2015); Multimedia Art Museum Moscow (MAMM) (2015); Art Foyer DZ Bank, Frankfurt (2015); GAMeC, Bergamo (2015); Fundacion PRÓA, Buenos Aires (2015); Istanbul Modern (2015); Ballroom Marfa, Texas (2015); City Gallery Wellington (2015); Whitechapel Gallery, London (2015); Hanoi DOCLAB (2015); Para/Site Art Space, Hong Kong (2015); Belgrade Cultural Centre (2015); Cinematheque de Tanger (2015); City Gallery Kfar Saba / Israel (2015); Centre for Contemporary Arts Kabul (2015); MoMa Warsaw (2015); Tromsø Kunstforening, Norway (2015); Manifesta 10, State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg (2014); Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (2014), NCCA Kaliningrad (2013); CenntrePasquArt, Biel, Switzerland (2011); Moscow Museum of Modern Art (2009, 2007); Russian Pavilion, Venice Biennial (2009); Moscow Biennial of Contemporary Art (2009, 2007, 2005); NCCA, Moscow (2015, 2004).

The Elizarovs’ Apartment Museum
Branch of the Smolny State Historical and Memorial Museum

The Elizarovs’ Apartment Museum is located in a tenement house built in 1913. The apartment was owned by the engineer Mark Elizarov who was Lenin’s older sister Anna’s husband. Besides the Elizarovs the apartment accommodated Lenin’s younger sister Maria Ilyinichna Ulyanova and his mother Maria Alexandrovna Ulyanova who spent here her last years and died in 1916.

Vladimir Ilyich Lenin and his wife Nadezhda Konstantinovna Krupskaya moved into the apartment upon their return from the Swiss exile in April 1917. During three months spent by Lenin in the Elizarovs’ apartment, he wrote 170 works. Here the meetings of the Russian Social-Democratic Labor Party were held and many Bolsheviks attended them. The apartment was converted into Museum in 1927, its exposition being dedicated to life of a city intellectual of the end of the 19th – beginning of the 20th century. The permanent exhibit tells about the life of the Ulyanovs-Elizarovs family.


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