Viktor Pivovarov

Biography

Viktor Pivovarov (born 1937), along with Ilya Kabakov, Erik Bulatov, and Irina Nakhova, was one of the leading artists of the Moscow Conceptualist artistic movement of the 1970s. His work reflected the complete ideologization of the Soviet lifestyle, often simultaneously expressing criticism and nostalgia for this lifestyle. Nakhova relates that Pivovarov was a major influence and first inspired her to paint.

Pivovarov was also a prolific illustrator of children’s books, with over 50 books to his credit. He moved from Moscow to Prague in 1982, and continues to live there to date.

Solo exhibitions

2016

Viktor Pivovarov. The Snail’s Trail – Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow

2015

Viktor Pivovarov. Fox and holidays – The State Museum of Oriental Art, Moscow

2014

Viktor Pivovarov – Galerie La Brique, Frankfurt/Main

2011

Viktor Pivovarov – Leben = Zeichnen – Sandmann – Berlin, Berlin

THEM – Moscow museum of modern art – MMOMA, Moscow

2010

Viktor Pivovarov – Dark nights, Light days – Galerie Kamm, Berlin

Dedications – Kewenig Galerie, Cologne

2009

A Cockroach for Dinner – Jiri Svestka Prague, Prague

2006

Viktor Pivovarov – If… – XL Gallery, Moscow

2004

Viktor Pivovarov: Gespräch über eine Zitronenschale (Arbeiten 1984-2004) – Sandmann – Berlin, Berlin

Viktor Pivovarov – Morče a kouzelník – Galerie ad astra, Kuřim

Victor Pivovarov. The Steps of a Mechanic – St. Michael´s Castle, St. Petersburg

Five Portfolios by Viktor Pivovarov – Grinnell College – Bucksbaum Center for the Arts, Grinnell, IA

Viktor Pivovarov – Dark Rooms – XL Gallery, Moscow

2001

Russische Avantgarde – “Philemon – Viktor Pivovarov” – ifa-Galerie Berlin, Berlin

1998

Viktor Pivovarov, Některé podrobnosti melancholie – Galerie Šternberk, Šternberk

1997

Viktor Pivovarov : Sonia et les anges – Musée d’Art moderne de Saint-Etienne, Saint-Etienne

1996

Viktor Pivovarov – Metempsychóza – Galerie Mladych, Brno

Viktor Pivovarov: Sonya and Angels – Galerie Rudolfinum, Prague

1995

Viktor Pivovarov – Palais Thinnfeld, Graz

Group shows 59

2016

Nonconformis as a starting point – Нонконформиз& – Victoria Art Gallery, Samara

2015

Markéta Adamcová, Dalibor Chatrný, Kateřina Rálišová, Viktor Pivovarov – Galerie 35m2, Prague

2014

Surgery: Birth, Love, Meetings, Interests, Wishes – Ekaterina Foundation, Moscow

Fortune museum – Moscow museum of modern art – MMOMA, Moscow

Cake and Lemon Eaters – Galerie výtvarného umění v Ostravě, Dum umeni, Ostrava

Paper I Cartró – Galería Kewenig, Palma de Mallorca

Cake and Lemon Eaters. Viktor Pivovarov and Ged Quinn – Galerie Rudolfinum, Prague

Reconstruction 2 – Ekaterina Foundation, Moscow

2013

Reconstruction – Ekaterina Foundation, Moscow

Salon du Dessin 2013 – Galerie de France, Paris

2012

Breaking The Ice: Moscow Art, 1960-80s – The Saatchi Gallery, London

Coordinates Of A Generation/lxxv – National Center For Contemporary Art (NCCA) – Moscow Branch, Moscow

Auf Papier – Kewenig Galerie, Cologne

Ophelia – REGINAGALLERY, London

Text-picture concepts. – Stadtgalerie Mannheim, Mannheim

2011

Passion Bild. Russische Kunst seit 1970 – Kunstmuseum Bern, Bern

Artisartisart – Moscow museum of modern art – MMOMA, Moscow

Finalisté Ceny Od Václava Stratila – Galerie Mladych, Brno

Hostages Of Voids. Aesthetics Of Empty Space In Russian Art During 19-20-th Centuries – The State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow

From A to B through C – ACB Gallery, Budapest

My privacy – National Center For Contemporary Art (NCCA) – Moscow Branch, Moscow

Ostalgia – New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York City, NY

Field Of Action. The Moscow Conceptual School In Context. A Special Adaptation For Calvert 22 – Calvert22, London

Undeniably Me – Galerie Rudolfinum, Prague

2010

Field of Action. The Moscow Conceptualist School in Context 1970s-1980s – Cultural Foundation Ekaterina, Moscow

Case for reoccurrence of child illnesses – Karlin Studios, Prague

Visual/Conceptual – National Center For Contemporary Art (NCCA) – Moscow Branch, Moscow

Summa Summarum – National Center For Contemporary Art (NCCA) – Moscow Branch, Moscow

2009

Contemporary Czech and International Gallery Artists – Jiri Svestka Prague, Prague

Collection And Archive Of Vadim Zakharov – National Center For Contemporary Art (NCCA) – Moscow Branch, Moscow

“Das Tauwetter und die Zeit danach. Perestrojka – Moskauer Künstler (1986-1996)” – Teil III – Sandmann – Berlin, Berlin

14 S – Fourteen artists, fourteen themes – DOX – Centre for contemporary art, Prague

Étude to Art Object – Moscow museum of modern art – MMOMA, Moscow

2008

La Ilustracion total – Rte Conceptual de Moscu 1960-1990 – Fundación Juan March, Madrid

Dialogues / Dialogy – Galerie Smečky, Prague

No cage for me! – Muzeum Umeni Olomouc, Olomouc

2007

Movement. Evolution. Art. – Cultural Foundation Ekaterina, Moscow

2006

Word and Image: Visual Experiments of Soviet Nonconformist Artists, 1960s-80s – Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, New Brunswick, NJ

“Im Reich des Kollektiven – Moskauer Künstler 1961 – 1986” – Sandmann – Berlin, Berlin

Essence of Life Art – Marble Palace, St. Petersburg

In the collective’s shadow – Sandmann – Berlin, Berlin

Artists Against The State: Perestroika Revisited – Ronald Feldman Fine Arts Inc, New York City, NY

2005

Essence of Life Art – The State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow

Imprese – The Origin of Beauty. The Power of Vision – Galerie Rudolfinum, Prague

Landschaft – Visionen. Vom Realismus zur Konzeptkunst – Sandmann – Berlin, Berlin

Russia! – Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York City, NY

Moscow Grafika – International Print Center New York, New York City, NY

Essence of Life – Essence of Art – Ludwig Museum – Museum of Contemporary Art – Budapest, Budapest

Serialities: Repetition and Narrative in Soviet Nonconformist Art – Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, New Brunswick, NJ

Unbekannte Bekannte / neznámí známí – Zeitgenössische Kunst und Literatur aus Prag – Institut für moderne Kunst Nürnberg im studio des zumikon, Nuremberg

See-Food – Sandmann – Berlin, Berlin

2003

Ortstermin Moskau – 1970 und die Zeit danach – Sandmann – Berlin, Berlin

Berlin-Moskau Moskau-Berlin 1950-2000 – Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin

Retroperspective – House of the Lords of Kunštát, Brno

2000

Dein Wille geschehe … – Haus am Waldsee – Der Ort internationaler Gegenwartskunst in Berlin, Berlin

1999

K nebi – Adriena Šimotová, Václav Boštík, Jiří David, Vladimír Havlík, Jan Knap, Pavel Mrkus, Viktor Pivovarov – Galerie Šternberk, Šternberk

1992

Gray Brick / Šedá Cihla 35/1992 – Galerie Klatovy / Klenová, Klatovy

1990

The ten artists which came to my mind at 7 pm on May 3, 1990 – Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam

1989

The Green Show – Exit Art, New York City, NY