small exhibition is a peculiar dedication to memory of Petersburg
artist Vladislav Mamyshev who tragically died this year. Mamyshev who
got his pseudo-name after his favorite actress Merlin Monroe, he
became one of first artists-performansists on post-soviet territory.
He created performance also from his life, genially transformed
himself into different heroes.
artist had started his career during his appearing in the Popular
created by artist Sergey Kurekhin at the end of the 1980's and at
the same time had taken participation in the exhibition of
contemporary art. Since 1989 Monroe had been the permanent leader of
the "Pirate Television" that he created together with Juris
Lesnik and Timur Novikov. the "Pirate Television" had enlightened
the alternative news of cultural life of Leningrad. The Russian
Museum owns the Unfortunate
Life (1993) series
where the history of Merlin Monroe is presented on the background of
St. Petersburg architecture. In 1997 Mamyshev presented in Russian
Museum the Russian
where he had turned to the most painful problems of contemporary
life. In 2006 Mamyshev-Monroe played the role of famous Soviet
actress Lubov Orlova in the new versia of Volga-Volga
film (deputy directors P.Labazov and A.Silvestrov). This version was
awarded with the Premium named after Vasiliy Kandinsky in 2007.
Artist easily tried on the images of Lenin, Shtirliz, Charlie
Chaplin, Catherine the Second, Elizabeth and Shakespeare's Poloniy
that became the last for him.
solo exhibition of Mamyshev-Monroe became possible thanks to
collaboration of the Russian museum and Petersburg collectors and the
artist's friends who had given his art works to this exposition.