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Sergei Volokhov: Theory of Reflection

The Harriman Institute and the Kolodzei Art Foundation present the exhibit Sergei Volokhov: Theory of Reflection. Selections from the Kolodzei Art Foundation. This exhibition features selected paintings and drawings from the 1980s to the present by prominent Russian artist Sergei Volokhov. These imaginative drawings on specially prepared paper are contemplations by the artist on Russian history and his personal memories.


Sergei Volokhov was born in 1937 in Moscow and currently lives and works in Brussels. He graduated from the Graphic Arts department of the Pedagogical Institute in Moscow. In 1969, Volokhov had his first solo exhibition at Café Blue Bird in Moscow, where a number of Russian nonconformist artists, including Komar and Melamid, Ilya Kabakov, Oleg Vassiliev, Erik Bulatov, and Pyotr Belenok also had their first semi-official shows.

Starting in 1969, Sergei Volokhov participated in many group exhibitions in museums, including the Second Open-Air Exhibition in Izmailovsky Park in 1974; an exhibition at the Palace of Culture Pavilion at VDNkh, Moscow in 1975; Labyrinth, Palace of Youth, Moscow, Warsaw, Hanover, Hamburg, 1989; Russian Art from Lenin to Gorbachev, Botanik, Brussels, Belgium, 1988; Russian Pop Art, The State Tretyakov Gallery, 2005; Times of Change: Art of the 1960-85 in the Soviet Union, State Russian Museum, 2006; Moscow – New York = Parallel Play. From the Kolodzei Art Foundation Collection, National Center for Contemporary Art (NCCA), Moscow, Chelsea Art Museum, New York, 2007 – 2008; This Leads to Fire: Russian Art from Non-Conformism to Global Capitalism. Selections from the Kolodzei Art Foundation, Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, New York, 2014-2015.