Anatoly Osmolovsky is an artist, curator and teacher based in Moscow. He began his career as a writer, and was a member of the literary group Vertep before 1989. Between 1990 and 1992, he was the leader of the ETI (Art Territory Expropriation) movement, and participated in a series of street performances / provocations. In 1995, Osmolovsky founded Radek Magazine, which sought to create a space for radical politics under the current atmosphere of official suppression. In the 1990s, he was know as an active member of the Moscow Actionism movement. In 2011, together with Svetlana Baskova, he founded the BAZA Institute - a research and education platform for artists and art-critics.
Credits (c)photo: Ivan Erofeev, Courtesy of Moscow Biennale and M HKA, 2015
During the ten days of the Moscow Bien- nale for Contemporary Art 2015, the artists Anatoly Osmolovsky and Alexander Kutovoy (together with Irina Petrakova, Alexander Plusnin and Vitaly Barabanov, students of the BAZA art school) made a sculpture of the dead poet Vladimir Mayakovsky on the stairs of VDNKh’s Pavilion No. 1: The End of Modernism in Russia. The sculpture was based on a photographic portrait taken immediately after Mayakovsky’s death in 1930. The clay sculpture gradually dried out and fell apart after the biennial. [Marie Egger]