Andrej Barov
  • Introduction

  • Bio

  • Exhibitions

Andrej Barov’s Cubist Cityscapes

The depiction of reality through art almost inevitably carries the question of what the possibilities of depiction are.  In modern art, the representative character of an image gives way to the medium of its presentation. Colour and form become independent, living their own lives quite independently of the subject, describing a world of inner emotions.

Andrej Barov seeks his Tokyo pictures to be understood as a reconstruction of our visual memory. “When you are in Japan, you are surrounded by completely different colours. So much is neon and illuminated, it appears almost psychedelic to our eyes.” The Tokyo of Andrej Barov is one of fragmented light impressions, a city of colour, form and structure, a cubist alphabet of concentrated sensations. As with his previous works, Barov uses digital editing to transform the medium of photography into something more like a painting, using the creative potential of art to portray reality as a complex process of internal perception. “I am concerned with the ability of our brain to create a mosaic of visual memories from images and impressions that we have experienced, which then serve as emotional stimulants able to recreate the sensation we had at the time”.

Pixel And Paint Brush

Andrej Barov Project "My favourite films" von 2003-2004

“Leinwand”, or canvas, is a foundation for oil and acrylic paints. However, “leinwand” also means screen and in this sense is the projection screen for film viewing. A sharp divisional line runs between the “foundation” and the “projection screen.” The separated parts are held together as the “Leinwand.” Never before has this barrier appeared to have been violated. Is is too erie to have the foundation as a projection screen; or is the screen not allowed to be a foundation?

There is perhaps a historical contingency for the screen being used at the cinema. The blossoming of psychoanalysis and the expansion of the cinema go by chance hand in hand. However, the cinema is by no means par excellence the medium of projection. On canvas, painted pictures are very much the same, even when they stem from a psychoanalytical, unbiased tradition. On the other hand, the film screen appears as the means of contemporary, reactionary tendencies totally unsuspicious messages. The screen is by no means the symbol of a fallen era, nor a stick-in-the-mud recreation. Through Andrej Barov’s cycle, “My Favourite Films,” these two concepts clearly emerge.

Only once can the entire history of the posture of a figure or the constellation of a tableau of characters be covered in a nutshell. Everyone knows such impessions, which burn into our minds and extinguish an entire memory. They are sediments of an anecdote, projections. The entire universe of a film could be projected onto a canvas. To otheres Andrej Barov does not apply oil or acrylic to the canvas, but with the most modern technique of so-called 3-D animation, elaborately processed digital photography. The pictorial here is not a question of the application of color, but of the composition and the alienation of the illustration. Pixels replace the paint brush; the canvas, however, irrespectively outlasts this headway, if not at all reintegrated, renewed, modernized.
1958 born in Leningrad, Russia
1976 - 1981studied at the Academy for Theatre, Music and Film, Leningrad (degree)
1981 - 1988Associate Director; production manager in Lenfilm Studio, Leningrad
1989Moved to Germany; direction of two Theatre plays at the University Theatre in Tübingen; Film for Südwestfunk, Baden-Baden: "Asyl in der Kaserne"
1994Teacher at the New Fine Art Academy, St. Petersburg
since 1990worked in fine Photography
since 1991Member BFF (Bibliothek für Bildungsgeschichtliche Forschung- Library for Historical Education research)
since 2005Member DGPh (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Photographie- German Society for Photography)
lives and works in Munich

Awards (Selection)

2003 Bronze ADC (Art Director´s Club) Germany ("Bitte ein Byte", (Please one Byte )SZ-Magazin)
2002 Landesgartenschau Kronach: Thomas-Gottschalk-Garten (Kunst am Bau) (art on site)
1998 Auszeichnung des Kultusministeriums der Russischen Föderation
1993 European Photography Award

Solo Exhibitions (Selection)

2005"Colour Matrix", Andrej Barov, Brian Eno, Sonderausstellung des Museums für Abgüsse Klassischer Bildwerke (Museum for Classical image moulding), Munich
2004"Perceptions" KODAK Photokina 2004
"Art Drinks In The City", Cologne (Art Cologne)
"Digital Album", Galerie Wild, Frankfurt/Main
"My favourite films", Galerie Benninger, Köln
"Wahrnehmungen" (perceptions), Galerie Andrea Brenner, Düsseldorf
"Digitalisierte Welten", Galerie Digital Art, Frankfurt/Main
2001"Raumdefinitionen", Galerie Benninger, Köln
2000"Erbgut", Galerie Benninger, Köln
1999Galerie "Goethe 53", Landeshauptstadt München, Kulturreferat, München; "Delikatessen", Galerie Benninger, Köln
"CeBIT 1999", MAXON;
"Reality TV" (Erste lange Nacht der Münchner Museen)
1995Museum der Neuen Akademie der Schönen Künste ( New Academy of fine Art Museum), St. Petersburg
1993Graphik-Photo-Art-Galerie, München
1991Galerie Fischinger, Stuttgart; Galerie Grießhaber, Tübingen

Group Exhibitions (Selection)

2005"Wraps", for the special exhibit "Bunte Götter-Die Farbigkeitantiker Skulptur" (Colored Gods-Color in Antique sculptures) Skulpturhalle Basel
"Raumdefinitionen" (Room Definitions), anläßlich der 7. Internationale Fototage
2005"Parfum - Ästhetik und Verführung" (Parfum- Aesthetics and Seductions), Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe (Museum for art and trade), Hamburg
2004"Digiscapes", Ausstellung zum Zweiten Symposium der DGPh und FH Nürnberg
"Digital Album", ART Forum Wiesbaden
2003"images against war", Galerie Lichtblick, Cologne / Munich,
"Abstraktion", Kunstverein Schloss Plön
"Wohnträume - Wohnräume" (Living Dreams-Living Rooms), Museum für Gestaltung (Design Museum), Zürich
"Kunstbrücken", Galerie RAAB, Berlin
2002"Unsolid Icons", International Meeting of Photography, Plovdiv, Bulgarien
2001"Initiale 7", Projektraum M54, Basel
"unbezähmbar", Lebenshaus-Projekt, Köln
1999"Hertener Phototage", Herten
"Biennale della Fotografia Storica e Contemporanea", Venedig
"Die lange Nacht der Museen", Galerie Goethe 53, München (Videoinstallation)
"Biennale der Photographie", Moskau
"Aufbruch - Zeitgenössische Kunst aus Rußland" (Departure contemporary art from Russia), AGFA / "photokina '98", BAYER Leverkusen (später St. Petersburg, Moskau)
"Modernism and Postmodernism: New Russian Art of the Ending Millennium", Hartford College, Oneonta, New York (später Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Chicago)
"Neue Tendenzen aus Sankt Petersburg"( New Tendencies from Saint Petersburg), Galerie ArtKiosk, Brüssel
"X", Galerie Seefeld
"Oscar Wilde bittet zum Tee" / Sankt Petersburger Neoakademismus
Galerie Lichtblick downtown / Tina Schelhorn, Köln
1997"Kabinett - Sankt Petersburger Tendenzen" (Cabinet-Saint Petersburg tendencies), Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
"Meerprojekte" Galerie FOE 156, München
"Zeitgenössische Russische Kunst" (contemporary russiana art), Galerie Kai Hilgemann, Berlin
"Moderne Kunst aus Sankt Petersburg" Current art from Saint Petersburg), Galerie ArtKiosk, Brüssel
"Biennale der Photographie", Vilnius, Lettland
1996"Idylle und Katastrophe - Neoakademismus und Nekrorealismus aus Sankt Petersburg", Europäisches Kulturzentrum in Thüringen, Erfurt (später Dessau, Hamburg)
"Metaphern des Entrücktseins - Aktuelle Kunst aus Sankt Petersburg", Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe
"Zurück zur Photographie"; Saal Manege, Moskau
1995Galerie Seippel, Cologne
1994Galerie Susanne Albrecht, Munich
"photokina '94", Köln: Objekt für Kodak AG ("Time Voyages")
artcircolo: "Mělník-Hořin 1994" (Schloß Mělník, CR)
Teilnahme an den "Medientagen München"
1993Galerie Albrecht, Munich (m. Elsworth Kelly, Richard Mullican)
European Photography Award '93
1992"photokina", Köln: Präsentation für Kodak AG
1991Münchner Stadtmuseum (m. Annie Leibovitz)

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