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Lived/Active: New York / Soviet Union (former)/Russian Federation      Known for: animal, portrait, and figural sculpture

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Mihail Chemiakin

1943
Born Moscow

1962
Zvezda Magazine, Leningrad

1964
Hermitage Museum, Leningrad

1969
Elaine Benson Gallery, Long Island, NY

1971
Classical Spanish Epigrams. Book Illustration, Gold Medal, Venice

St. Petersbourg '71. Galerie Dina Vierny, Paris

Exiled From USSR; Moves to Paris

1976
Russian Non-conformist Art. La Peinture Russe Contemporaine, Palais Des Congres, Paris

1977
Apollon-77. Published, Almanac of Post-Stalinist Art and Literature

Unofficial Art. Institute of Contemporary Arts, London

1978
Tokyo Museum of Contemporary Art

1979
São Paolo Museum of Art, Brazil

Bochum Museum, West Germany

1980
Museum of Modern Art, Rio de Janeiro

1981
Moves to New York

1984
Honorary Doctorate, University of San Francisco

1986
Mihail Chemiakin. Volumes 1 and 2, Mosaic Press, Canada

1987
Honorary Doctorate, L'Academie Des Arts Européen, France

Musée de Trianon de Bagatelle, Paris

1989
Mihail Chemiakin Presents "The Analytical Method of Pavel Filonov". Symposium, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford University, England
Art of Russia and the West: Magazine, Publisher and Editor

Mihail Chemiakin: New York-Moscow. Central House of the Artist, Moscow

1990
Mihail Chemiakin: An Artist's Testament. Documentary Film, Nationwide Russian Release

Keepers of the Flame: Unofficial Artists of Leningrad.
Fisher Gallery, University of Southern California

1991
Peter the Great. The Fortress of St. Peter and Paul, Leningrad. Sculpture installation

Travels to Afghanistan to negotiate with Mujahdeen leaders for the release of Soviet POWs

1993
Receives Government Prize of Russia by decree of President Boris Yeltsin

Cybele; Goddess of Fertility. Mimi Ferzt Gallery, New York.

Sculpture installation Barocco, Trianon Palace, Versailles

L'Ete de La Sculpture. Nancy, France

A Metamorphosis of Illusion. Mitsukoshi Museum, Tokyo

Angels of Death. Mimi Ferzt Gallery, New York

1994
Metaphysical Head-Deformation and Metamorphosis. Ferzt Books, New York

Receives Order de Chevalier des Artes et Lettres, by Minister of Culture, France

Centenaire de L'Amitie Franco-Russe Avec Mihail Chemiakin. Chanceaux-Pres-Loches, France

Metaphysical Head-Deformation and Metamorphosis. Presents Master class at University of San Francisco

Ledreborg Castle, Lejre, Denmark

1995
Metaphysical Sphinx. Sculpture installation of Memorial to the Victims of Political Repressions, St. Petersburg

Installation of Monument to the Architect-Builders of St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg

Mihail Chemiakin: Sculpture, Painting, Works of Paper, Objets d' Art.

State Hermitage Museum, Central Exhibition Hall (Manège), St. Petersburg; State Tretyakov Gallery, Bolshoi Theater, Russian State University for the Humanities, Moscow. Solo Exhibition

Bronze. Mimi Ferzt Gallery, New York

1996
Awarded Honorary Doctorate degrees from Russian State University for the Humanities, Moscow, and University of Kabardino-Balkaria, Nalchik, Russia

Museum of Western Art, Odessa, Ukraine Kiev Pechersky Monastery, Kiev Ukraine

Traveling exhibition: Museum of Art, Samara, Russia; House of Culture, Elista, Russia; Kabardino-Balkaria Museum of Fine Art, Nalchik, Russia; Krasnodar Fine Art Exhibition Hall, Krasnodar, Russia

Angels and Figures. Mimi Ferzt Gallery, New York

1997
Spheres. Release of documentary film, based on research by M. Chemiakin, directed and produced by Andrei Zagdansky

Mihail Chemiakin, St. Petersburg Period 1963-1972. Mimi Ferzt Gallery, New York
Mihail Chemiakin Retrospective. Heikhal Hatarbut, Tel Aviv, Israel

Celebrating the Still Life. Mimi Ferzt Gallery, New York

1998
Installation of Giacomo Casanova, marking the bicentenary of Casanova's death, Placed in front of the Doge's Palace, Venice

Awarded Gold Medal, To One Deserving, by the Imperial Russian Academy of Arts, Moscow

Mihail Chemiakin. Giugiaro Design Museum of the Automobile, Moncalieri (Torino), Italy. Solo Exhibition

The Theater of Mihail Chemiakin, Bronze. Mimi Ferzt Gallery, New York. Solo Exhibition

1999
Nudes. Mimi Ferzt Gallery, New York

Dialogue Between Plato and Socrates. (memorial to Harold Yuker), Installation, Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY

Illustrations to Pushkin's "Rusalka". Hoover Institute, Stanford University, CA. Solo Exhibition

Angels of Death. International Art Center, University of Arizona, Tucson. Solo Exhibition

2000
The Sphere in Art and Life. Based on Chemiakin's research on the sphere, Museum of the Imagination, Hudson NY

The Courage of Truth. An exhibition of monumental sculpture projects "Children Victims of the Sins of Adults" (for Moscow) and "The Righteous of the World", Russian Ambassador's residence, Washington, DC

2001
Premiere of new staging of Tchaikovsky's ballet "The Nutcracker", Mariinsky Theater, St. Petersburg, with choreography by Kirill Simonov

Publication of "Staging 'The Nutcracker' ", Rizzoli International Publishers, New York

Peter the Great. Installation of monument, Deptford, London

Children-Victims of the Sins of Adults. Installation of monument, Moscow

Awarded "Golden Spotlight" award for best work by an artist in the theater, St. Petersburg, Russia

Awarded "Petropol" prize for unique contribution to the culture of St. Petersburg

European Premiere of Chemiakin's "Nutcracker", Baden-Baden, Germany

2002
Awarded "Golden mask" prize for best work by an artist in the theater, for "Nutcracker", Moscow

Awarded "Baltika" special prize for best original work in the theater, St. Petersburg

Chemiakin's "Nutcracker". Museum of Private Collections, State Pushkin Museum of Art, Moscow. Solo Exhibition

Chemiakin's "Nutcracker". Theatre du Chatelet, Paris. Solo Exhibition

Rats and Cheese. Mimi Ferzt Gallery, New York. Solo Exhibition

MUSEUMS AND PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Tretyakov State Gallery, Moscow
The State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg
Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, Israel
Museum of Modern Art of the City of Paris, France
Yad Vashem Memorial, Jerusalem
Museum Bochum, Germany
Chateau de Vascoeuil, Normandy
Hudson River Museum, New York
Yokohama 21st Century Museum of Art, Japan
Museum of Art of the Lithuanian SSR, Vilnius, Lithuania
Dostoevsky Museum, St. Petersburg
City of St. Petersburg, Russia
Collection of Dr. Norton Dodge, USA
Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Museum, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ




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Mihail Chemiakin was born in Moscow in 1943, grew up in occupied East Germany, and returned to Russia in 1957 where he was admitted to the Special High School of the Repin Academy of Art in Leningrad.  He was expelled from art school for failing to conform to Socialist Realist norms, and from 1959-1971 worked as a laborer in various capacities.  He was subjected to compulsory treatment at a mental institution, which was a standard way of dealing with ideological dissidents at that time.

For five years he worked on the maintenance crew of the Hermitage Museum.  In 1967, the artist founded the St. Petersburg Group and developed the philosophy of Metaphysical Synthesism, dedicated to the creation of a new form of icon painting based on the study of religious art of all ages and peoples.

In 1971 Chemiakin was forced out of the USSR by the Soviet authorities.  He settled first in France, then moved to New York City in 1981.  In 1989, the return of Chemiakin's work to post-Communist Russia began with the first exhibition of his work there since his exile.  Subsequently, he continued to show his work there and has installed three monuments in St. Petersburg, to Peter the Great, to the Victims of Political Repressions, and to the Architects and Builders of St. Petersburg.

In Moscow, Chemiakin's fifteen-figure sculptural ensemble, Children - Victims of the Sins of Adults, was commissioned by Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov as a gift to the city and dedicated in 2001.  In London, Chemiakin's sculpture commemorating Peter the Great's embassy to England in 1698, stands on the banks of the Thames River.  In New York Chemiakin's Cybele, the Goddess of Fertility, stands on Prince Street in SoHo.  A sculpture from the Carnival at St. Petersburg series is on permanent display in Paris, and a version of Peter the Great is in the collection of the Chateau de Vascoueil - Musée Michelet in Normandy, France.

The research begun in the 1960s into the art of all ages and peoples has developed into a collection of millions of images organized into technical, historical and philosophical categories which has earned the artist five Honorary Doctorates and is the basis for his Institute of the Philosophy and Psychology of Art.

Chemiakin's life-long love of theatre resulted in his new staging of Tchaikovsky's ballet, The Nutcracker, which premiered at St. Petersburg's Mariinsky Theater on February 12, 2001 to enthusiastic reviews by audience and critics alike.

Mihail Chemiakin works in a broad range of media and on themes ranging from the theatrical to the philosophical, creating series such as Carnival at St. Petersburg, Still Life, Metaphysical Heads, Angels of Death, and most recently, Biospheres and a 50-figure sculptural composition, The Death of Kings.

Chemiakin's work is in the permanent collections of numerous museums, including the Metropolitan Museum (New York), the State Tretyakov Gallery (Moscow), the State Russian Museum (St. Petersburg), the Sao Paolo Museum of Art (Brazil), the Museum of Modern Art of the City of Paris, Yad Vashem and the Tel Aviv Museum of Modern Art, as well as smaller museums throughout Russia and the United States.


Biography from GallArt.com:
Mihail Chemiakin was born in Moscow in 1943, grew up in occupied East Germany, and returned to Russia in 1957 where he was admitted to the Special High School of the Repin Academy of Art in Leningrad. He was expelled from art school for failing to conform to Socialist Realist norms, and from 1959-1971 worked as a laborer in various capacities. He was subjected to compulsory treatment at a mental institution, which was a standard way of dealing with ideological dissidents at that time.

For five years he worked on the maintenance crew of the Hermitage Museum. In 1967, the artist founded the St. Petersburg Group and developed the philosophy of Metaphysical Synthesism, dedicated to the creation of a new form of icon painting based on the study of religious art of all ages and peoples.

In 1971 Chemiakin was forced out of the USSR by the Soviet authorities. He settled first in France, then moved to New York City in 1981. In 1989, the return of Chemiakins work to post-Communist Russia began with the first exhibition of his work there since his exile. Subsequently, he continued to show his work there and has installed three monuments in St. Petersburg, to Peter the Great, to the Victims of Political Repressions, and to the Architects and Builders of St. Petersburg.

In Moscow, Chemiakin's fifteen-figure sculptural ensemble, Children - Victims of the Sins of Adults, was commissioned by Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov as a gift to the city and dedicated in 2001. In London, Chemiakin's sculpture commemorating Peter the Great's embassy to England in 1698, stands on the banks of the Thames River. In New York Chemiakins Cybele, the Goddess of Fertility, stands on Prince Street in SoHo. A sculpture from the Carnival at St. Petersburg series is on permanent display in Paris, and a version of Peter the Great is in the collection of the Chateau de Vascoueil - Muse Michelet in Normandy, France.

The research begun in the 1960s into the art of all ages and peoples has developed into a collection of millions of images organized into technical, historical and philosophical categories which has earned the artist five Honorary Doctorates and is the basis for his Institute of the Philosophy and Psychology of Art.

Chemiakin's life-long love of theatre resulted in his new staging of Tchaikovskys ballet, the Nutcracker, which premiered at St. Petersburg's Mariinsky Theater on February 12, 2001 to enthusiastic reviews by audience and critics alike.

Mihail Chemiakin works in a broad range of media and on themes ranging from the theatrical to the philosophical, creating series such as Carnival at St. Petersburg, Still Life, Metaphysical Heads, Angels of Death, and most recently, Biospheres and a 50-figure sculptural composition, The Death of Kings.

Chemiakin's work is in the permanent collections of numerous museums, including the Metropolitan Museum (New York), the State Tretyakov Gallery (Moscow), the State Russian Museum (St. Petersburg), the Sao Paolo Museum of Art (Brazil), the Museum of Modern Art of the City of Paris, Yad Vashem and the Tel Aviv Museum of Modern Art, as well as smaller museums throughout Russia and the United States. (Courtesy of Rogallery.com)

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