Victor Alimpiev Biography
Selected Works

Victor Alimpiev Born in Moscow in 1973. Graduated from the Art School of memory of 1905, Moscow and “New Art Strategies” at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Moscow. Lives and works in Moscow. In 2005 TATE Modern acquired Victor Alimpiev’s video “Sweet Nightingale”. In 2007 Centre Pompidou included video “My Breath” in its collection.

Solo shows:


  • Selected Works. High Line Art. New York, USA


  • There’s Nothing Behind You. Winzavod, Moscow, Russia


  • Magic Rustle. REGINA Gallery. Moscow, Russia
  • SEVERAL. REGINA Gallery. London, UK
  • Traces. Centre d'Art Passerelle, Brest, France
  • Vot. EX3 Center for Contemporary Art, Florence, Italy
  • VOT! Citykirche. Monchengladbach, Germany
  • Malerei. MMIII Kunstverein Monchengladbach, Germany
  • Motor Empathy. Galerie Sollertis. Toulouse, France
  • AD HOC. REGINA Gallery. Moscow, Russia
  • To Trample Down an Arable Land. Ikon Gallery. Birmingham, UK
  • To Trample Down an Arable Land. 3rd Moscow Biennale. Red October exhibition space. Moscow, Russia
  • To Trample Down an Arable Land. Studio la Citta. Verona, Italy
  • They Met in the Middle. Guelman Progects. Moscow, Russia
  • Encounters: Victor Alimpiev. Modern Art Oxford. Oxford, UK
  • Whose Is This Exhalation? Cultural Foundation EKATERINA. Moscow, Russia
  • My Breath. Studio La Citta. Verona, Italy
  • Victor Alimpiev. S.M.A.K. Stedelijk Museum for Actuele Kunst. Gent, Belgium
  • Two Songs. Art Laboratory Berlin. Berlin, Germany
  • Screening within the cycle 'Prospectif Cinema'. Centre Pompidou. Paris, France
  • Helen's Shoulders (with Anatoly Osmolovsky). Stella Art Gallery. Moscow, Russia
  • Wetterleuchten. Badischer Kunstverein. Karlsruhe, Germany
  • Victor Alimpiev. O.K Centrum für Gegenwartskunst. Linz, Austria
  • Der Wind weht nicht am Parkett! Galerie Anita Beckers. Frankfurt, Germany
  • Shining. Contemporary City Foundation. Moscow, Russia Sweet Nightingale. REGINA Gallery. Moscow, Russia
  • The far off fight. Guelman Gallery. Moscow, Russia
  • To Oleg. Guelman Gallery. Moscow, Russia
  • Ode (in collaboration with Marian Zhunin). ТV Gallery. Moscow, Russia
Group Shows (selection):


  • Upward. Museum of Moscow. Moscow, Russia


  • The Encyclopedic Palace. 55th Venice Biennale (Main Project). Venice, Italy
  • More light. 5 Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art (Main Project). Manege. Moscow, Russia
  • More light (For a Different Space-time). 5 Moscow Biennale Film Program. Manege/MediaArtLab. Moscow, Russia
  • FILMWEEK. Curated by Catharina Gebbers. Wentrup Gallery. Berlin, Germany
  • Transition Project. Yapi Kredi Kültür Merkezi. Istanbul, Turkey


  • The Freedom of Sound – John Cage behind the Iron Curtain. Ludwig Museum, Budapest, Hungary
  • Stage Presence: Theatricality in Art and Media. MoMA, San Francisco, USA
  • After the Lessons. Video Sweet Nightingale. Czech Center Gallery. Prague, Czech Republic
  • Ostalgia. New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York City, USA
  • Modernikon, Contemporary Art from Russia. Casa dei Tre Oci, Venice, Italy
  • Expanded Cinema. Moscow museum of modern art - MMOMA, Moscow, Russia
  • Eyes Looking for a Head to Inhabit. Muzeum Sztuki, Lodz, Poland
  • Time, Forward! ICA. Moscow, Russia
  • Art to spend time. M'ARS Center for Contemporary Arts. Moscow, Russia
  • Workers and Philosophers. Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO. Skolkovo, Moscow Region, Russia
  • Etats de l'Artifice. Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. Paris, France
  • Weak Rot Front. Impakt Festival. Utrecht, Netherlands
  • 67th Venice International Film Festival. Venice, Italy
  • My breath. Regensburger Kurzfilmwoche. Regensburg, Germany
  • Futurologia. Garage Center for Contemporary Culture - GCCC. Moscow, Russia
  • Visual/Conceptual. National Center for Contemporary Art (NCCA). Moscow, Russia
  • VoTH. Moscow museum of modern art - MMOMA, Moscow, Russia
  • History of Russian Video Art. Volume 3. Moscow museum of modern art - MMOMA, Moscow, Russia
  • Au présent - Centre d'Art Passerelle, Brest, Belorussia
  • Modernikon, Contemporary Art from Russia. Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, Italy
  • More of an activity: the artist as choreographer.  Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima, Japan
  • Walking a fine line. Parables of the Sublime and the Subversive in Russian Video Art. Espace Croisé, Roubaix, France
  • Objects in Mirror Are Closer than They Appear: About videoart in Russia - Futura, Prague, Czech Republic
  • Swedbank Art Award 2009 exhibition. Contemporary Art Center Vilnius (CAC), Vilnius, Lithuania
  • Visual/Conceptual - National Center For Contemporary Art (NCCA) - Moscow Branch, Moscow, Russia


  • Re-Imagining October. Calvert 22 Foundation. London, UK
  • Swedbank Art Award 2009 exhibition. Contemporary Art Center Vilnius (CAC). Vilnius, Lithuania
  • Kandinsky Prize in London. Louise Blouin Foundation. London, UK
  • Cargo / cargo manifest / cargo vision. Autocenter. Berlin, Germany
  • Love Letters: ampliamento e allestimento della nuova collezione del MACRO. MACRO Museo d´Arte Contemporanea Roma. Rome, Italy
  • 21 RUSSIA. Group exhibition of the contemporary Russian artists. PinchukArtCentre. Kiev, Ukraine
2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2001
  • International Short Film Festival Oberhausen. Oberhausen Germany
  • Brussels Biennial 1. Brussels Bienniale. Brussels, Belgium
  • God and Goods – Spirituality and Mass Confusion. Villa Manin Centro d’Arte Contemporanea. Coidropo, Italy
  • A(rt)R(ussia)T(oday)-index. LNMA Latvian National Museum of Arts. Riga, Latvia
  • Worlds on video – International Video Art. Centro di Cultura Contemporanea Strozzina (CCCS). Florence, Italy
2008, 2006, 2005
  • Impackt Festival. Utrecht, Netherlands
  • Paul Klee - Theater here, there and everywhere. Zentrum Paul Klee. Bern, Switzerland
  • HER(HIS)TORY. Museum of Cycladic art. Athens, Greece
  • International and National Projects. P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center. New York, USA
  • Silence. Listening to the Show. Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo. Turin, Italy
  • Talking Pictures. Theatrical Stagings in Contemporary Film and Video Art. K21, Kunst Sammlung Nordreihn-Westfalen. Dusseldorf, Germany
  • On Geekdom. Art Athina at the Helexpo Center. Athens, Greece
  • Une histoire à soi. La Galerie. Noisy-le-Sec, France 2nd Moscow Biennale. The Main Project. Moscow, Russia
  • I believe. Winzavod. Moscow, Russia
  • 4th Berlin Biennale. Berlin, Germany
  • Russia! Guggenheim museum. Bilbao, Spain
  • Fremd bin ich eingezogen. Kunsthalle Fridericianum. Kassel, Germany
  • Confined Innocence. Art Gallery of Windsor. Windsor, Canada
  • October Salon 2006. October Salon. Belgrad, Serbia
  • 5 Tage bis zum Ende der Kunst. Indirect speech. Kunsthalle Fridericianum. Kassel, Germany
  • Hardwired. Firstdraft gallery. Sydney, Australia
  • We're talking about music. Theatre play (in collaboration with Marian Zhunin). 37 Theater festival. Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy
  • Russia! Guggenheim museum. New York, USA
  • Film Festival Rotterdam. Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • Rock Music. Center in Galerija P74. Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • The Comedy. Central House of Artists. Moscow, Russia
  • Impakt Festival. Utrecht, The Netherlands
  • Russia 2. Moscow Biennale. Moscow, Russia
  • 7 sins. Moderna Galerija. Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Born to be a Star. Kunstlerhaus. Vienna, Austria
  • Manifesta 5. Donostia - San Sebastiàn, Spain
  • Body display. Secession. Vienna, Austria
  • Movimento/Movimenti. Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Renato Guttuso – Villa Cattolica. Bagheria, Italy
  • Russian Videoart. Art in General Gallery. Chelsea Art Museum. New York, USA
  • Individual systems. 50th Biennale di Venezia. Venice, Italy
  • Horizon of realities. MUKHA Museum of Contemporary Art of Antwerp. Antwerp, Belgium
  • The Urgent Reporting. Mobile exhibition on cities of Russia. The Russian Federation. Moscow, Russia
  • New York Festival of Russian Films. The Ziegfeld Theater and Clearview Cinemas. New York, USA
  • Week of Russian Сinema. Forum Stadtpark. Graz, Austria
  • Up-and-coming. Film Festival Hannover. Hannover, Germany
  • SuperVision. Symposium on videoart and new technologies. Yugnosakhalinsk - Moscow, Russia
Public collections:
  • The Cultural Foundation EKATERINA, Moscow, Russia
  • Museum of Actual Art, Moscow, Russia
  • Foundation Sandretto re Rebaudengo, Torino, Italy
  • Trussardi Foundation, Milan, Italy
  • MUHKA Museum of Contemporary Art. Antwerp, Belgium
  • National Centre for Contemporary Arts, Moscow, Russia
  • TATE Modern, London, UK
  • Contemporary City Foundation, Moscow, Russia
  • MMOMA Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow, Russia
  • Pompidou Centre, Paris, France