In Russia, Moscow Conceptualism is synonymous with release from the shackles of Soviet Realism and the return of Russian art to the mainstream international movement. Under the aegis of the Conceptualists, it regained its autonomy, acquiring critical powers and eventually producing a credible alternative format.

This divine moment of liberation is seen today as a monumental landmark in Russian contemporary art. Moscow Conceptualism has been a constant leitmotif of the nations output from the 1960s to 1990 and its impact remains seminal among present-day artists.

Edited by Joseph Backstein and Bart de Baere, the catalogue presents a panoramic view of the subject, in particular the second wave of this avant-garde Russian phenomenon from the late 1980s through the 1990s.

This catalogue accompanied the europalia.russia exhibition at the MUHKA in Antwerp

Available in English