Valery Koshlyakov

Selected works by Valery Koshlyakov

Valery Koshlyakov
Paris, Notre Dame


Acrylic on canvas

200 x 400 cm

Valery Koshlyakov’s large-scale cardboard paintings, collages and installations – sometimes hanging from the ceiling, sometimes made out of sticky tape placed
directly onto the gallery walls – irreverently engage with ideas of empire.

Covered in paint drips, his flattened-box panels are blown-up postcard images of state-approved classical and monumental European architecture that have more in common with street art than with photorealistic obedience. They look wet, urgent, quickly rendered, and they show his iconic subjects, from a Soviet stadium to a gothic cathedral, as a madman’s fantasy.

Valery Koshlyakov
Moscow, Luzhniki Stadium


Acrylic on canvas

200 x 450 cm

The five-metre wide Grand Opera, Paris, one of his earlier cardboard works, depicts its subject in a myriad of dizzy unfinished details, washes and vigorous brushstrokes that turn the solid structure into a half-idealized, half-non-existing precarious castle in the air. We see the building from below, in traditional composition, but the uneven surface on which it is painted makes it fragmented, unhinged, as if it were breaking away from its support.

Valery Koshlyakov
High-rise on Raushskaya Embankment


Tempera on cardboard

285 x 280 cm
The work’s grand subject and pompous gestural painting accentuates the kitsch factor – this could be a slightly psychotic version of the common hack-painted tourist souvenir. Similarly with High-rise on Raushskaya Embankment, painted with tempera on cardboard, which is evocative of an avant-garde architectural masterpiece, yet the painting’s visibly flimsy support, in contrast with the monumentality of its subject, also somehow chimes in with the irony of a failed utopia.
Valery Koshlyakov
Grand Opera, Paris


Tempera on cardboard

345 x 487 cm

Koshlyakov’s re-reading of symbols of empire is all-encompassing, taking imagery from ancient ruins and sculpture to modern government buildings, but the monumental scale of his works also suggests an additional, particularly charged reference – that of Stalin-era murals and political myth-building.

Text by Lupe Nùñez-Fernández

Valery Koshlyakov's Biography

Valery Koshlyakov
Born in 1962 in Salsk, Russia
Lives and works in Moscow, Russia


20 m Tower for the city of Perm, Russia

Atlantis, M&J Guelman Gallery, Moscow

Counterpoint, Contemporary Russian Art, Musée du Louvre, Paris, France
Unreachable – Perm Museum of Contemporary Art, Perm
Artistes russes, Un art superlative. Abbaye Saint André, CAC, Maymac, France
Futurologia. Russian utopias. Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, Moscow, Russia

Against Exclusion, The Third Moscow Biennale, GARAGE, Moscow, Russia
Groupe Art or Death, State Moscow museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia
Russian Povera, Perm museum, Red October factory, Moscow, Russia
Ingres et les modernes, Musee Ingres, Montauban, France
Golden Age – Gesellschaft der Freunde junger Kunst e.V. – GFJK,
21 Russia, Pinchuk Art Center, Kiev, Ukraine
Unreachetable, Guelman galerie at Winzawod, Moscow, Russia (solo)
Towers (curated by Claudia Gioia), Fondazione Volume!, Rome, Italy

Valery Koshlyakov Galerie Charlotte Moser, Genf
Sarcophagus, Museum of Lenin, Krasnoyarsk, Russia
Nomas Foundation, Rome, Italy

The Golden Age, Kunstverein, Baden-Baden, Germany
Kunstverein, Oberhausen, Germany
La citta che sale. We try to build the future, ARCOS, Museum of Contemporary Art,
Benevento, Italy
Drawings of “accomplishments”, Weaving mill “Manufactory”, Ivanovo, Russia

The Golden Age, Ludwig Museum und Kunstverein, Oberhausen, Germany
The Golden Age, Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna
Valery Koshlyakov, Ludwig Galerie - Schloss Oberhausen, Oberhausen

Reliquiae. Made in USSR, The Marat Guelman Gallery, Moscow
Iconuses. Dressing the Space, The State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg

Davis Museum, Boston
Paysage, lieu de vie – Galerie Orel Art, Paris
MACRO Museo dʼArte Contemporanea Roma, Rome
Empire of Culture – Galerie Orel Art, Paris

Walter Bischoff Galerie, Berlin
Galerie Orel Art, Paris

V.K, Bischoff Gallery, Berlin
V.K, elten&elten, Zűrich

Choice of Scale, Shusev Architectural Museum Moscow

From the South through the North to the East, Ivanovo Fine Arts Museum
Cottage, Installation Guelman Gallery, Moscow
Freezing pole, Russian Art of the 90ies, Ecole des Beaux-arts, Paris

Sketch Book, M. Polsky Gallery, Chicago, USA

Permanent residence, Russian Cultural Center, Geneve, Switzerland
Heroic Cities, M. Polsky Gallery, Chicago, USA
Temple of Art, Guelman Gallery, Moscow

V. Koshlyakov, Galerie Schulz, Berlin

Fonte Latino, Bischoff Gallery, Stuttgart

Parthenon, Trechprudnyj Gallery, Moscow

Night in Venice, Guelman Gallery, Moscow
Under Italian Sky, Sakala palace, Tallinn


Gaiety Is The Most Outstanding Feature Of The Soviet Union, Saatchi Gallery, London

La Patrie. PERMM Contemporary Art Museum, Russia

Contrpoint, l`art contemporain russe, Musèe du Louvre, Paris, France
50 Internationale Künstler, Museum Villa Haiss, Zell, Austria
Die perfekte Ausstellung, Heidelberger Kunstverein, Germany
Русские художники, Centre d`art contemporain, Meymac, France
Russian Utopias, GCCC, Moscow, Russia

ARTISTS OF THE GALLERY – A SPECIAL SELECTION, Galerie Krinzinger Wien, Vienna, Austria
21 RUSSIA. Group exhibition of the contemporary Russian artists,
PinchukArtCentre, Kiev
Ètude to Art Object, Moscow Museum of Modern Art

Moscow – New York / Thaw, Chelsea Art Museum, New York
Russian Povera River Station Hall, Perm
SMALL - Marat Guelman Gallery, Moscow
Der Traum vom Süden, Gemäldegalerie der Akademie der Bildenden Künste,Vienna

Sots Art – Political Art in Russia from 1972 to today, La Maison Rouge, Paris
Space invaders, Skuc Gallery, Ljubljana

RUSSIA! The Guggenheim Museum, New York
Russia 2. Special project in the framework of the 1 Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art,
Central House of Artist, Moscow
Urbane Realitäten - Fokus Istanbul , Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin

Dorf in die Metropole, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin
HA KYPOPT!, Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, Baden-Baden

Marat Gelmans Gift, The State Russian Museum - Marble Palace, Saint Pétersbourg
Berlin-Moskau Moskau-Berlin 1950-2000, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin

Davaj! From the Free Laboratory of Russian Art, Germany – Vienna, Austria
Contemporary Russian Painting, Small Manege, Moscow
Bienal de Sao Paulo, Iconographias Metropolitanas, Sao Paulo
Cetinsky Bienale, Cetine, Montenegro
IX. Rohkunstbau, Schloя Groя Leuthen/Spreewald, Land Brandenburg

Moscow: Paradise 2001, Galerie Krinzinger, Salzburg/Vienna/Wels, Austria

South Russian Wave, State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg

New Russian Art, Ch. Keesee Collection. City Art Center, Oklahoma City, USA

Actors come to town, Dutch-Russian Exchange Project, Moscow
A Mosca... a Mosca..., Galleria Communale d'Arte Moderna, Bologna