Galina Dulkina - Update on Russian Avant-Garde
We are pleased to announce the extension of the Porcelain exhibition - UPDATE ON RUSSIAN AVANT-GARDE - by Galina Dulkina until 10 March 2017. The exhibition is held at the Galerie Kabinett, 11, Carmerstrasse, Berlin, and is open to visitors Monday to Friday from 12:00-18:00.
Free entry/ Entry to the exhibition is free of charge.
In the year 2017 the Russian Avant-Garde celebrates its 100th anniversary. It's significance and relevance for the development of art can hardly be overrated. For a few years, political and artistic utopias of a new society have been fused together to a unity. A prime example for this special case are the Higher Art and Technical Studios - Vkhutemas - a legendary state art school of the modern age, the "Russian Bauhaus", that has devoted itself to the ideas of the Avant-Garde and strove for a revolutionary renewal of the relation between art and the everyday life of the new man. Unlike the elitist Academy art before, everyone from now on should be able to be integrated into the art production process as an "active force". A new perspective on the art of the future in the technological age emerged in the form of production art: here one experimented with different materials, techniques and genera under the primacy of geometry, mathematics and abstraction. Porcelain artistry, in particular, experienced an enormous popularity boom due to the large number of steps and possibilities of involving the workforce in the manufacturing process. It is precisely this change that has led to the fact that porcelain designers, who came from the working class, like Sergei Chekhonin and the sisters Natalia and Jelena Danko were able to get their ideas heard worldwide.
Galina Dulkina, born 1981 in the USSR, today's Russia, continues this tradition of production art of the Russian Avant-Garde until the 21st century and develops it further. In their short period of bloom porcelain artisans of the production art didn't have enough time to go beyond the traditional context of porcelain usage. By approaching the genre of sculpture with this language of forms of the Avant-Garde, Dulkina takes a decisive step further and challenges the sensitive material of porcelain to larger dimensions in sculpture in the round. But also in the production process Dulkina as a porcelain artist is an exception. Every single stage of manufacture is meticulously carried out exclusively by herself: from design, via raw material preparation, modelling, coating, drying and firing up to the subsequent hand painting in overglaze.
In her work, she presents a conscious interaction with her own generation - the youth of the Perestroika, who, after the collapse of the USSR, saw itself confronted with a limitless freedom in all areas of society and enjoyed it in all its features. Rebellion against any kind of censorship in the field of art or music was no longer part of the agenda of the youth - everything was freely accessible and unlike the generation before, one had the peace to develop oneself in every conceivable direction. The subjects of the Russian Avant-Garde - achievements in the field of industry and technology, conquest of the universe, speed of perception - continue to be represented in Dulkinas work, but simultaneously are being interwoven with the popular culture of the 1990s (especially Russian rock and bards) on the one hand and topics of Jewish folklore on the other hand. The titles of the individual works assume an important function against this background.
Dulkina's porcelain sculptures at first glance give the impression of presenting form and space concepts of Suprematism (Malevich, Kandinsky), Cubo-Futurism (Popowa) or Constructivism (El Lissitzky, Tatlin), but soon reveal their potential of deconstructing, multiplying and re-arranging in order to form a completely new unity. Her inspiration Dulkina draws from modern bronze and stone sculpture with its great pioneers Alexander Archipenko and Constantin Brancusi. Like them she explores the possibilities of dealing with space, while at the same time using a very peculiar and difficult-to-control material - the porcelain.
Galina Dulkina received her classical artistic and craft education at the Moscow State Stroganov University of Arts and Industry and qualified herself in the field of author's porcelain at the Imperial Porcelain Manufactory St. Petersburg. She lives and works in Riga (Latvia) and Moscow (Russia).
In art collecting circles Dulkina's artwork is very popular, many of her sculptures are part of important Russian and Western private collections. The auction house "Kabinett" was one of the first to recognize this potential and successfully sold her porcelain sculptures at its own auctions.
In the summer of 2016, the Moscow Jewish Museum and Center for Tolerance devoted to her a large personal exhibition entitled "Start It All Over! Porcelain of Galina Dulkina". https://www.jewish-museum.ru/en/exhibitions/start-it-all-over-porcelain-of-galina-dulkina-/
The exhibition shows 35 works in porcelain form 2007-2016, among them overglaze-painted sculptures and plates, as well as mixed-media collages on canvas.