Vera Pogodina gallery VP Studio was founded in Moscow in 1999 to represent a new generation of Russian artists linked to the Moscow conceptual art movement of the 1980-s. VP STUDIO is also working on finding specific Russian roots in the evolution of contemporary art. In 2001 VP-STUDIO started a series of theme exhibitions «Russian literature reader» that offered a new visual reading of the most famous Russian novels from the 19-th century such as “War and Peace”, “Fathers and Children”, “Woe from Wit”, and “Dead Souls”. Since the year of 2000 VP-STUDIO annually takes part in Moscow Art Fair and participated in Berlin Art Forum and Art Athens Fair.

Vera Pogodina – director

VP Studio represents Russian artists such as Konstantin Batynkov, Sergey Volkov, Arkady Nasonov, Olga Soldatova, Vitas Stasunas, Gor Chahal, Natalia Zhernovskaya, Anna Brochet, Vladimir Kupriyanov, Boris Stuchebrukov, «The Fourth Height» group (G. Smirnskaya, E. Kameneva, D. Kim), Tatiana Antoshina, George Guryanov, Vladimir Arkhipov, Vasily Bogachev, David Ter-Oganyan, Alexander Yulikov and others.

Vladimir Antipov «Snow showel», 1998
From Vladimir Arkhipov’s project «The Museum of Home-made Objects»
Artists at ART Moscow’10:
Konstantin Batynkov, Sergey Volkov, Arkadiy Nasonov, Group «Russia», Vitas Stasunas, «The Fourth Height» group, Gor Chahal, Natalia Zhernovskaya, Vladimir Arkhipov, Olga Soldatova.

2nd Moscow biennale of contemporary art
The Woes of Wit
Curator: Vera Pogodina
Organiser: VP Studio
The Literature Museum
28 february 2007 — 4 march 2007.

The Woes of Wit project is a philosophical and artistic revision of the theme of Griboedov’s famous play in the spirit of a critical sociocultural analysis of here and now, performed by actual Russian artists. The Woes of Wit project is at the same time the most complex and most welcome exhibition in “The Russian Reader” series. In this series there was also ‘War and Peace’, ‘Fathers and Sons’, ‘Crime and Punishment’, etc. As a matter of fact, its stated idea — to marry Word and Image, Picture and Book, Letter and Line — is the mission statement of conceptualism, which is concerned primarily with the adventures of language. It is worth noting that in the context of Moscow conceptualism the theme of Woes of Wit is doubly appropriate. Just as Chatsky, our heroes smile at their own yearning for cultural or even religious ideals lost or desecrated by an ignorant public. This deep romantic space of Russian conceptualist practices justifies the bringing together of such disparate authors as Gor Chakhal and Vadim Zakharov, Pavel Pepperstein and Andrey Monastyrsky, Dmitry Aleksandrovich Prigov and Sergei Volkov.