Damir Muratov

Damir Muratov

Damir Muratov was born in 1967 in Tobolsk, Tyumen region.

In 1998 graduated from the Arts and Graphics Faculty of the Omsk State AM Gorky Pedagogical University.

Takes part in exhibitions since 1988. Currently lives in Omsk.

Damir Muratov is one of the most witty contemporary artists in Russia. The theme of «So-viet Union”, which he introduces into his art, is not colored ideologically. These are ele-ments of the “landscape” that have surrounded him since childhood, to which he treats contemplatively, without evaluating critically. This is some kind of reality in which part of life has already gone. Damir Muratov’s projects are reflections on time as a passing sub-stance, which he transmits through reference to Soviet images, choosing ephemeral ob-jects, such as labels, candy wrappers and consumer goods as reference materials for his works. However, interpretation of these objects contained humorous and sometimes
even sarcastic essence, used by the artist. With his revision the slogan «All Power to the Soviets» became almost vibrant and cosy, just adding a continuation «and Love» Muratov «played» with every artwork in this way, making them mythological and giving a new
meaning and sense, created the «parallel Soviet world» which we remembered with only warm feelings.

selected exhIbition history

Selected solo Exhibitions



Nostalgia for Reality. Artplay, Moscow



Near the Deep Blue Sea. Artetage Museum of Comtemporary Art, Vladivostok



Anti-Utopia. Norilsk Art Gallery, Norilsk

Forever. Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow



Art of Ghosts. 11.12 Gallery, Moscow



Random Skier. Dukley Art Center, Kotor

Moss. 11.12 Gallery, Moscow



From Siberia with Love. 11.12 Gallery, Moscow

White Soldiers. Erarta Museum of Modern Art, Saint – Petersburg



How I Spent Summer. Boli Sher Gallery, Omsk

The End of Color. X-Max Gallery, Ufa


2011 – 2012

Everything Will Be Covered by Needles of Our Cedars. White Cube Gallery, Omsk; Krasnoyarsk Cultural-Historical Museum Complex


2009 — 2010 

Bednotown News. Old Town Gallery, Novosibirsk; Tomsk Regional Art Museum



Pictures for Vagrants. State Art Museum of Altai Territory, Barnaul



Veni, Vidi…  Omsk Regional M.A. Vrubel Museum of Fine Arts



Trophies of Cheburashka. Performance. Kuchum Gallery, Omsk



Siberia Maritime Power. Actors House, Omsk



Exhibition at the State Archives of the Administration of Omsk Region, Omsk





Selected group exhibitions



XVIII Bucharest International Biennial for Contemporary Art. Atelier 030202, Bucharest

Motherland in Art. Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow, Krakow

The State Is Not a Work of Art. Tallin Art Hall, Tallinn

Dedicated to the Victims of Political Repressions. Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow

Actual Russia: Playing Classics. The Saratov Art Museum named after A.N. Radischev, Saratov

Actual Russia: Playing Classics. Don State Public Library, Rostov-on-Don



Satellite over Monchegorsk. Space Theme in Art of Artists of XXI century. City Center of Culture of Monchegorsk, Monchegorsk

New Malachite Box. Bazhov Fest. New Ural mythology. Ural branch of the State Centre of Modern Art, Yekaterinburg

Actual Russia: Playing Classics. The Russian Museum of Decorative, Applied and Folk Art, Moscow

Brighter Days Are Coming. Street Art Museum, Saint – Petersburg

Garage Triennial of Russian Contemporary Art. Garage Museum of Contemporary Art

Pictures of Nothing. PG Art Gallery, Istanbul

Art Riot. Saatchi Gallery, London



Kastan’edy. At Shabolovka Gallery, Moscow

You Can’t Do That. 11.12 Gallery, Moscow

Ural – Transtsendental. VI Moscow Biennale Of Contemporary Art. Artplay Design Center, Moscow

Sibir! Sibir! Festival of contemporary culture of Siberia. Zahradnik Gallery, Prague

Remember tomorrow. Street Art Museum, Saint – Petersburg



On the wave. Actual Art from Latvia and Siberia. Rīgas Mākslas Telpa, Riga


2012 — 2013

United States of Siberia. White Nights Festival, Perm; Siberian Center for Contemporary Art, Novosibirsk


2009 — 2012 

Look! How We Made Art of the 2000s. Siberian Center for Contemporary Art, Novosibirsk; Omsk Regional Museum of Fine Arts named after М.А. Vrubel; Kemerovo Regional Museum of Fine Arts, Tyumen Regional Museum of Fine Arts, Tomsk Regional Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art named after Nail Latfullin, Ufa



Gates and Doors. The State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg

Feminine, Too Feminine. RuArts Gallery, Moscow

Water Treatment. L Gallery, Moscow

Let's Have a Smoke. Lazarev Gallery, Moscow

Peeping. Special project within the IV Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art. At Vspolny Gallery, Moscow

Siberian Pantheon. Special project within the IX Krasnoyarsk Museum Biennale “In the Depth”, Krasnoyarsk Cultural-Historical Museum Complex



Tunguska Substance. Krasnoyarsk Cultural-Historical Museum Complex

OceAinu or Traces in the Ocean. Omsk Regional Museum of Fine Arts named after М.А. Vrubel



New Angelarium. Moscow Museum of Modern Art



Be My Guest! Kvadrat Art Gallery, Omsk



Art-Constitution. Moscow Museum of Modern Art

Squirrels Visit Vova. Kuchum Gallery, Omsk

Antiquity Through Ages. Omsk Regional Museum of Fine Arts named after М.А. Vrubel

Without the horizon+. Omsk Regional Museum of Fine Arts named after М.А. Vrubel



ARTS 2003. Sokolniki Exhibition Center, Moscow

Sky of Manholes above Chinese Fence. Kuchum Gallery, Omsk

Hundred artists of Siberia. Novokuznetsk Museum of Art

From stool to throne. The chair: art, function, image. Omsk Regional Museum of Fine Arts named after М.А. Vrubel

Direct speech. The art of communication. Omsk Regional Museum of Fine Arts named after М.А. Vrubel



Siberian garden – territory of dreams. Artist's House, Omsk



Museums of World — at Mira Square. III International Krasnoyarsk Museum Biennale, Krasnoyarsk Cultural-Historical Museum Complex

Easel Graphics. I Novosibirsk Biennale. Novosibirsk Art Gallery


1998 — 2001

Object. Golden Path Gallery-Studio, Omsk



Man in the Space of Time. Art of Omsk City Museum



War and Peace or Hell and Heaven in the Works of Artists of the Post-War Generations. Art of Omsk City Museum



At the Turn of Epochs. Art of Omsk City Museum

Exhibition dedicated to the 10th Anniversary of Zelenogorsk City Art Museum. Krasnoyarsk Krai, Zelenogorsk

Omsk Artists. Visits. Museum of Fine Arts, Kurgan



Counter-movement. Omsk Regional Museum of Fine Arts named after М.А. Vrubel



Synthesis-2. Omsk Regional Museum of Fine Arts, Omsk



Modern Siberian Art. Warsaw Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw



Exhibition of the Association of Artists «Bashnya». Actors House, Omsk

selected Art Fairs



Cosmoscow International Contemporary Art Fair. Moscow

Da!Moscow International Contemporary Art Fair. Moscow



Cosmoscow International Contemporary Art Fair. Moscow



Scope International Contemporary Art Show. Basel



Scope Miami Beach International Contemporary Art Show. Miami


2003 — 2007

7 —11th Art Moscow International Art Fair. Moscow



Art Manezh Fair. Manezh Central Exhibition Hall, Moscow

selected bibliography



articles, exhibition reviews, and interviews



Damir Muratov. The Bednotown Chronicles: catalogue / ed.: N. Korshunova, D. Muratov; ed. article: L. Lerner, Vyach. Mizin, N. Korshunova. – Omsk, 2013. – 158 p.


Easel graphics. The first Novosibirsk international Biennale: catalog / Novosibirsk picture gallery, Novosibirsk ; comp.: A. Klushin, S. Kogan, V. Nazansky, E. Rymshina, R. Maggi ; ed. article: Vladimir Nazansky, S. Kogan, A. Morozov, R. Maggi. – Novosibirsk, 2000. – 32 p.


ART-Constitution: illustrated Constitution of the Russian Federation: exhibition catalog / MMOMA. – Moscow: Publishing House ‘Alfa Press’, 2003.


New Angelarium: exhibition catalog / MMOMA. – Moscow, Publishing house ‘Moscow’, 2007.


Gates and doors: the exhibition catalog / The State Russian Museum. – St. Petersburg, Publishing House 'Palace Editions’, 2010.


Remember tomorrow: catalog / Street-Art Museum ; ed.: Ar. Sergeev, N. Allahverdiyev ; [ed. article: Alexander Zaitsev, Ar. Sergeev, N. Allahverdiyev]. – Saint-Petersburg, 2015. – P. 113 p.


The Future Depends on you. Pierre-Christian Brochet’s Collection, 1989 – 2007. catalog. comp.: V. Tsereteli, E. Tar, F. Bugle; ed. article: V. Tsereteli, E. Tar, F. Bugle, P.-K. Brochet.-Moscow, Publishing House ‘Avangard', 2007.


Gallery of rapid reaction. N. Korshunova. // Art. 2002. October / November. P. 90 – 95.


Nebolux over the Chinese fence. G. Guryanova. // Art. 2003. № 5. P. 100


Damir Muratov: Brandkillers – Siberian pop art. Interview M. Bode // Art. 2005. № 4. P. 54-59.

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