Vadim Zakharov

The work DANAË by Vadim Zakharov (b. 1959 in Dushanbe, USSR, living and working in Berlin and Moscow) is directly related to his contribution to the Venice Biennale in 2013 in the Russian Pavilion. In the Greek myth of Danae Zeus comes to his lover, shut up in a tomb, in the form of golden rain. Zakharov adapts this motif, which is, as an allegory to the globally operating financial cycle, an integral part of his installation. Vadim Zakharov is one of the best-known representatives of Moscow Conceptualism. He operates with video, photography, installation, performance, typography and computer graphics and deliberately evades definite interpretations. He works with fictional characters - most recently with the “foolish pastor Zond” from Cologne – which he relates to each other in constant change of perspective, in order to create complex narratives. Having an affinity with Russian literature of the 19th century, he uses the motif of failure in his humorous (self-) dramatizations. Vadim Zakharov was awarded the Kandinsky prize (2009), the Innovation prize of the National Centre for Contemporary Art, Moscow (2006), and the Griffelkunst prize, Hamburg (1995). In 2013, Zakharov was a representative of Russia at the Venice Biennale. Project and implementation of the Theodor W. Adorno monument, Theodor W. Adorno Platz, Frankfurt/Main (2003). Solo exhibitions (selection): Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (with Niklas Nitschke, 2013); State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow (2006); Stella Art Gallery, Moscow (2004); Galerie Hohenthal & Bergen, Berlin (1998); Kölnischer Kunstverein (1995); Galerie Sophia Ungers, Cologne (1989-1996); Kunstverein Freiburg (1989).