Vyacheslav Akhunov


Installation, 1 x 1m².
Materials: matchboxes

Collection: Collection M HKA, Antwerp (Inv. no. S0438_1).

Akhunov’s 1 m² is what could be called the tiniest large retrospective of an artist's work. Five hundred matchboxes are filled with small-scale reproductions, drawings and plans taken from his journals and albums from 1976 to 1991. The artist uses the idea of the hippies travelling in Central Asia, who used matchboxes to hide pieces of hashish, and uses it for his travelling pocket-sized exhibition of the “banned USSR avant-garde artists”. At the same time, the work is related to Western conceptual art of the 1960s, particularly by Marcel Duchamp and his consecrated everyday objects.

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