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Mikhail Roginsky
Mikhail Roginsky

Mikhail Roginsky

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Mikhail Roginsky is a key artist of the second half of the XX century, the main life writer of the Soviet times among nonconformists. In his works the artist used to choose two art concepts opposed to each other: the world of things silently indicating human presence and the universe of a big city adressed to a person. His art occupies an important position between the art of "Thaw" and the art of "Perestroika".  For decades the artist's constant characters have been simple things: walls, doors, tiles, kettles and primuses. Mikhail Roginsky being one of the first in the circle of nonconformists opened up the world of Soviet life as a subject of artistic research and comprehension. Some researchers consider Roginsky to be a pop art artist though he called himself a documentarian.



Mikhail Roginsky (1931-2004) was born in Moscow. He graduated from the Moscow City Art School (the class of S. Perutsky). In 1950-1951 he was studying at the Moscow Regional Art School "In Memory of 1905" for the specialty "Theater Artist". From 1954 to 1960 he was working as a theater artist in Severodvinsk, Lysva, Pskov and Zlatoust; from 1963 to 1969 he was teaching at the Moscow City Art School in Kropotkinskaya Street; from 1969 to 1976 he was teaching at the Correspondence National University of Arts named after N.K. Krupskaya. In 1978 he immigrated to France and came back to Moscow only 15 years later in 1993. The Paris period of the 1980s differed in many ways from the Moscow period, it was very diverse and noticeably experimental, but as a result of intense searches Mikhail Roginsky has chosen a leitmotif to some extent similar to the themes of his early works. The vast "Moscow Cycle" of the mid-1990s – early 2000s was dedicated to the Soviet past, its people, everyday life and Moscow architecture. Soviet Moscow become the same fact of art as Paris of Impressionists or America of Edward Hopper. In this series Roginsky managed to capture the world as authenticity. He died in Paris in 2004.

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Solo exhibitions
  • 2017-2018 Mikhail Roginsky. Painting. Museum named after Radishcheva, Saratov
  • 2017 Topics. Avilov Studio, Chamber Theater
  • 2016 Mikhail Roginsky. Themes. Avilov Studio, Lipetsk
  • 2016 Farewell to the "Pink Fence". Foundation In Artibus, Moscow
  • 2016 Exhibition by Mikhail Roginsky. Art4 Museum
  • 2014 On the other side of the red door. Mikhail Roginsky Foundation. Ca'Foscari University, Venice, Italy
  • 2009 One-day exhibition and presentation of the book "Fools Eat Pie". National Center for Contemporary Art, Moscow
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  • 2018 Russian artists in New York. Harriman Institute and Russian-American Cultural Center (RACC), New York, USA
  • 2019-2018 Victory over the Sun. The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel
  • 2017 Life of things. Russian still life of the 19th-20th centuries from the collection of the State Tretyakov Gallery. Museum of Art, Chelyabinsk
  • 2018-2017 Commemorating the Russian Revolution, 1917/2017. The Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA
  • 2017 Behind Moscow. Foundation In Artibus, Moscow
  • 2017 Kitchen. Gallery "Kovcheg", Moscow
  • 2017 Facing the future. Art of Europe 1945–1968. Pushkin Museum, Moscow
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  • Yushkova O. Mikhail Roginsky: a painted life. BREUS. 2017
  • About Mikhail Roginsky. Fools eat cake. UFO. 2009
  • Mikhail Roginsky. Palace Edition. 2008
  • Mikhail Roginsky. Yours - something else. NCCA. 2005
  • Pedestrian zone. Art Projects Foundation 2002
  • Roginsky. Galerie Jorge Alyskewycz. 1991
  • Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University. New Brunswick. New Jersey. USA
  • Kolodzei Art Foundation, Highland Park. USA
  • Moscow State Tretyakov Gallery. Moscow
  • Moscow Museum of Modern Art. Moscow
  • Museum of Contemporary Art Art4.Ru, Moscow
  • State Russian Museum. Saint Petersburg
  • New Museum of Aslan Chekhoev. Saint Petersburg

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