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exhibition at the White Space Gallery

1st July 2004

Dear all,
There is an exhibition at the White Space Gallery starting
tomorrow evening.
Best wishes

Danses de la Mort: Genia Chef
5 -24 July 2004 Private View: Friday 2 July (6-9pm)
White Space Gallery, St Peter’s, Vere Street (off Oxford
Street), London W1G ODQ. Tube: Bond St. 0208 740 4675/ 07949 100
Gallery opening times: Monday – Friday 11 – 6 pm, Saturday 11 –
5 pm. Closed Sunday
White Space is pleased to present the first London exhibition of
the Berlin-based artist Genia Chef, one of the chief artists of
the Novia Akademia group, which originated in St Petersburg, and
was inspired by the ideas and theories of the late Timur Novikov.
The exhibition will feature his work Islands of Death (2002)
which is inspired by a famous painting of the Swiss symbolist
Arnold Boecklin (1883). Chef’s work is composed of a series of
16 light-boxes on which are illuminated three-dimensional
computer-generated images. In this series Genia Chef transposes
images from classical Greco-Roman aesthetics into the modern
era, placing it alongside historical images of figures such as
Freud, Hitler and images drawn from classical sculptures and
paintings in the Old National Gallery in Berlin and The
Metropolitan Museum in New York. The results of this montage are
surreal, startling and question the accepted canons of beauty
and our attitude to the past.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue with an essay
by art critic Edward Lucie-Smith. Lucie-Smith sees Chef’s work
in its neo-classical, conceptual and symbolic tendencies as
appealing ‘to aspects of the past as a way of expressing an
overwhelming dissatisfaction with the art that was successful in
the society that they themselves inhabited.’ Islands of Death
was previously shown in several group exhibitions in Europe,
including Shock and Show in Trieste (2002) alongside pieces by
Chapman brothers, and at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Skopije
in 2003.
Genia Chef (b. 1954 in Aktjubinsk/USSR, lives in Berlin). His
solo exhibitions include Freud’s Dreams Museum, St. Petersburg,
Russia (2002); Galerie Eikelmann, Düsseldorf (2001); The Myths
of King Ludwig II of Bavaria, Novaja Akademija, St.Petersburg,
Russia (2000). Recent group exhibitions include in 2004: Na
kurort Kunsthalle Baden-Baden; Gods becoming men Frissiras
Museum, Athens; Art Moscow 2004 and in 2003, Remembrance:
Russian Post-Modern Nostalgia Yeshiva University Museum, New
York; Foreign Visions Foundation Starke, Berlin and Museum of
Contemporary Art Skopje, Macedonia; Berlin-Berlin, at the German
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Berlin; Naked before Gods, Parnu
Museum of New Art, Estonia; Fiction of History Museum Biennale,
Krasnojarsk, Russia.
Image: Genia Chef. Danses de la mort (Islands of Death). 2002.
Digital prints on transparent folie, light box, 17 x 48 cm.
Courtesy of the White Space Gallery.
For more information and images, please, contact Anya Stonelake
on 07949 100 956

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