Russian artist, sculptor, master of experiments, and creator of installations and performances. He was born in Norilsk in 1969.
"Art for me is an integrated stream, and I do not care which forms it takes,"-says Bartenev. He creates absurd, whimsical, provocative, entertaining fantasies. They are inspired by art mythology, dreams of scientists, porno-anime. An artist in his wild costumes and make-up is himself an object of art. Thus, Bartenev continues and develops ideas of Russian futurism. Bartenev's synthetic performance "Snow Queen" (1993), an avant-garde interpretation of H. Andersen's fairy tale, went to the London Albert and Victoria museum and the Royal Festival Hall (SBC).
The artist turns chaos of a masquerade to a strictly organized show. His actors have become biological models for extravagant sculptural forms. The names of his shows render bacchanalia of dance and color, the atmosphere on stage: Botanical Ballet, Gogol-mogol or Adventures of Invisible Warmth in Russia, Pants on a Stick, If my mouth was 160 cm wide, Attack of Bread Crumbs, Sausage goes under the Water, Wind from the Sun Flowers.
Bartenev has created costumes for performances: Bluebird of Happiness by Maurice Maeterlinck in New York, Elisabeth Barn by Daniil Kharms in Moscow, Cinderella by sir Peter Maxwell Davis in Hamburg. He has published tow books: "Humans in Colours, Anthology of the Russian Body-art" and "Russian Illustrator of Glamorous Life, History of the Russian Magazine Illustration of the Late 90s."
His led sculpture "Break of Connection- Field of Lonely Hearts" was exhibited in the Russian pavilion at the biennale in Venice in 2007 and has become a hit in the London "Riflemaker" gallery of modern art. Bartenev has made a series of performances for the Robert Wilson Watermill center in the USA: Attention! Cats and Dogs on the Road (2005), Emily Likes TV (2006), and A Competition of Animals (2007) with Dita von Teese.
In 2009, he organized and supervised III International Festival of Illustration (Moscow), made a workshop in Domaine de Boisbuchet (Georges Pompidou Centre), and Vitra Design Museum, France.
In 2012, Bartenev made a design of an exhibition of treasures in the Royal Library of Denmark.
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Costume at the Turn of the Century (1990 - 2015) - Moscow, Russia - AABSCTM - June-August 2015
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