4REAL | Alex Lemish @ Vadim Sidur Museum, Moscow
9 Feb – 26 Mar 2023


February 9 – March 26, 2023
Vadim Sidur Museum
Novogireevskaya 37A
Exhibition Curator: Sergey Guskov

Vadim Sidur Museum and the Moscow Museum of Contemporary Art, with the support of the fābula gallery, present the solo project “Aleksandr Lemish 4REAL*,” in which the artist explores the images and myths of the media space, as well as their influence on the mental state of contemporary individuals.

Lemish’s exhibition consists of objects that transmit a mode of existence in the modern world, where people perceive their surrounding reality as a sequence of disconnected phenomena and images. Society, losing its bearings amid layers of interpretations and speculations, repeatedly finds itself in increasingly unstable, bordering states.

Drawing on the findings of fashion designer Raf Simons and the renowned trendsetter Kanye West, Aleksandr Lemish invites viewers to contemplate the collapse of the old and the birth of a new world. For this purpose, he incorporates objects inspired by Vadim Sidur’s work, revealing unexpected contemporary dimensions through the addition of clothing items. Lemish sees Sidur as a harbinger of the modern world: the poetry and works of the Soviet sculptor seem destined for our 21st century.


Aleksandr Lemish (b. 1982) is an artist. He graduated from the “Baza” Institute. In his artistic practice, he explores contemporary reality through the influence of internet culture and social networks, their connection to everyday life, and the reassembly of horror aesthetics, linking myths with nature in the mediums of painting, video, and installation. He participated in group exhibitions such as “Everything will pass and be forgotten” with the support of the “Baza” Institute at the CTI Fabrika (2021), “Dystopian party collection” at Spas Setun (2021), “In the dust of this planet” and “Dead end 2022” at Art4 Museum (2022), and “Terminal B” at “Smena” in Kazan (2022), “Street magic” at Plague Space in Krasnodar (2022). He also had a solo exhibition, “Plemennoe,” at the “IP Vinogradov” space (2021).


Sergey Guskov (b. 1983) is a journalist, art critic, and curator. He graduated from the Moscow Institute of Foreign Languages. Since 2017, he has been a reviewer and editor of the “Dialog Iskusstv” magazine. He headed the Aroundart website (2011–2012) and the “Art” section of the Colta portal (2013–2017). He authored articles for publications such as “Khudozhestvenny Zhurnal,” Artforum, Russian Art Focus, Spectate, “Kommersant Weekend,” “Vedomosti,” “Iskusstvo,” “ArtKhronika,” “Artgid,” Sreda, The Art Newspaper Russia, Metropolis M, LEAP, Art21, “Raznoglasiya,” “Tsentr eksperimentalnoy muzelogii,” Ocula, Obieg, Interview Russia. He curated the exhibitions “WITHOUT NAMES” by Varvara Gevorgizova and “Birches and Ghosts” by Maria Doronina at the “Appendix” space (both in 2017). He was a co-curator of the virtual exhibition “Your Gift is Very Important to Us” (Dialog Iskusstv magazine No. 6/2019, jointly with N. Bereznytska, S. Gusarova, and A. Rudyk) and the project “Forgotten Process of S. Mzhachikh” (Vadim Sidur Museum, 2021, jointly with M. Doronina).