Ochumelaya Vystavka — The Fine Hands Show

The biennale Ochumelaya Vystavka — The Fine Hands Show is an exhibition of works conceived by 34 international artists in Berlin and implemented by more than one hundred producers in Krasnoyarsk (Siberia) based on their instructions. Through its remote production process, the exhibition acknowledges the realities of art-making since the invention of the ready-made at the start of the twentieth century and the rise of conceptual practices in the 1970s. But although modern art revolutionised the way art is made by postulating that conceiver and producer need not be identical, many museumgoers still perceive the works on display as unique, handmade objects.

In a nod to the 1971 exhibition Pier 18 at the Museum of Modern Art in New York – in which photographer Harry Shunk ‘acted out’ the works on the participants’ instructions – we asked artists from various disciplines, including painting, sound and video art, sculpture, fashion design, and photography, to formulate directions for the production of an artwork. Each provided one to ten standard pages of more or less detailed, more or less poetic, more or less feasible instructions. The makers in Krasnoyarsk, including artists, craftsmen and laypeople, in turn used the assignments as an opportunity to showcase their personal abilities and explore new techniques.

A playful and skilful exhibition that reflects on transmission, copyright and authorship, Ochumelaya Vystavka — The Fine Hands Show is also a tongue-in-cheek commentary on the vagaries of international exhibitions in an age of global travel restrictions and reduced carbon emissions. 

Ochumelaya Vystavka
14th Krasnoyarsk Museum Biennale
Museum Centre ‘Ploschad Mira’, Krasnoyarsk (Siberia)
June 17 — October 31, 2021

Conceived and curated by Thibaut de Ruyter (Berlin), with the assistance of Anastasiya Bezvershuk (Krasnoyarsk).

Initiated by Per Brandt, Director of the Goethe-Institut Novosibirsk with the support of the Germany Year in Russia 2020/21, organised by the German Embassy in Moscow, the Goethe-Institut and the Russian-German Chamber of Commerce (AHK).

Artists (Berlin):
Alisa Berger, BIEST, Barbara Breitenfellner, Kaan Bulak, Lou Cantor, Martin Dammann, Tobias Dostal, Cécile Dupaquier, William Engelen, Simon Faithfull, Friederike Feldmann, Katia Fouquet, Zohar Fraiman, Claudio Gobbi, Olaf Holzapfel, Brendan Howell, Rolf Julius, Robert Lippok, Maru Mushtrieva, Agnes Meyer-Brandis, Ulrike Mohr, Olaf Nicolai, An Paenhuysen, Albrecht Pischel, Tim Plamper, Marie Rief, Maya Schweizer, Heidi Specker, Tim Tetzner, Albert Weis, Felix Leon Westner, Vadim Zakharov, Gloria Zein, Tobias Zielony

Producers (Krasnoyarsk):
Ulyana Afanasyeva, Igor Akulov, Nina Anikina, Irina Bakhtina, Roman Beletsky, ‘Belka’, Daria Berezovskaya, Anastasiya Bezvershuk, Roman Bobryshov, Daria Bralkova, Irina Bralkova, Vladimir Bush, D3mark0, Oleg Deetz, Polya Grechka, Anna Kardash, Anna Kartushinskaya, Ekaterina Khinovker, Anastasiya Kirichenko, Valerie Kovalchuk, Elena Krupneva, Diana Ivanova, Vladimir Lavrenov, Vadim Luke, Maria Makovskaya, Evgenia Markova, Kseniya Masanova, Vladislava Mitsukova, Mary Wood Nemzuk, Olga Nikulina, ‘Oskar’, Galina Pozhidaeva, Daria Ryabchenko, Katerina Semushkina, Pavel Slavikovsky, Stas Sharifullin, Vladimir Scherbovich, Dmitry Shtifonov, Natalia Skidanova, Evgeniya Susakina, Eva Sushkevich, Natalya Tagunova, Ivan a36e Wsyakin, Mikhail Wsyakin, Nadezhda Wsyakina, Yaroslava Wsyakina, Alexander Zakirov, Nikita Zazulya, Ivan Zuykov, and many others