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If my way - No way

If my way - No way
Valeriy Chtak's exhibition

Location: MMOMA, Ermolaevsky 17
Year: 2016
Area: 300 sq.m.
Curator: Alexey Maslyaev

The Moscow Museum of Modern Art presents a solo show of the artist Valery Chtak IF MY WAY — NO WAY. The exhibition is divided into several sections, which define the artist's identity. These are a sub-cultural cluster, music studio, workshop, etc. The exposition is located on four floors of the Moscow Museum of Modern Art in Ermolaevsky Lane and brings together works of various genres and techniques, the majority of which will be created directly in the Museum's halls.

The Chtak's show is a total installation. Each element of the exhibition having a compositional and meaningful completeness belongs to a single symbolic system — collection of witty phrases, aphorisms, common symbols, banalities and manifestations of mass and popular culture, numerical and text riddles, borrowings and citations from music, literature, visual art and philosophy, which the artist has been "accumulating" for his practice.

Chtak uses diverse ways for appealing the viewer: in the halls there will be his spatial frescoes and murals (small format canvases and pieces of cardboard), graphic series, posters and T-shirts as if brought from the concert of a heavy metal group, and skateboard decks. This variety of expressive means is not only a demonstration of the artist's coolness, but also his reflection on the nature of creativity connected with the search of new possibilities of the art language and response to the question "What does it mean to be an artist today?". Or to be more exact "What does it mean today to be an f*cking awesome contemporary artist?".