Oleg Kulik: Golden Fleece

exhibition opening

KIBLA Portal, Friday, 9 August 2019, 7 p. m. (Maribor, Slovenia)


You are cordially invited to attend an exhibition opening by Russian artist Oleg Kulik, entitled Golden Fleece, on Friday, 9 August 2019, in KIBLA Portal, Valvasorjeva St. 40, Maribor.

The personal mythology of the artist, his unique “magic historicism”, manifests a new turn in the spiral of Kulik’s biography – a project of materializing actions and performances in “living paintings” with eyes and “living sculptures”, collective and ultimately corporeal.

Kulik, the “Russian dog” (Renata Salecl), a performance artist and actionist, who promoted Primal Ecology and Zoophrenia, is a sculptor and painter today.

“What is Russia today, yesterday, and tomorrow – an empire, or a democracy, the aggressor, or the bastion of spirit, the home of the “Primal People”, or an assembly of individual loners, a superpower, or an out-of-the-way province?”

The artist Oleg Kulik opens his personal retrospective offering a revision of Russia’s myths, of its history and art, and a new interpretation of his own earlier works.


Oleg Kulik was born in Kiev, Ukraine in 1961. He graduated from the Kiev Art School in 1979 and the Kiev Geological Survey College in 1982. Between 1990 and 1993 he served as the Art Director of the Regina Gallery in Moscow. He received the Berlin Senate grant (1995/1996) and the order of Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, France. He lives and works in Moscow. He has exhibited widely, among others at: Art Riot: Post-Soviet Actionism. Saatchi Gallery, London, 2016; Frames, Regina Gallery, Moscow, 2013; Deep into Russia, Regina Gallery, London, 2012; Deep into Russia, Galleria Pack, Milan, 2010; New Sermon. Photos and Videos of Performances 1993–2003, Rabouan Moussion Gallery, Paris, 2008; OLEGKULIK. Chronicle. 1987–2007. Retrospective Exhibition, Central House of Artist, Moscow, 2007; Russia!, Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, 2006; Berlin–Moscow, Historical Museum, Moscow, 2004; Live Culture, Tate Modern, London, 2003; Deep into Russia, S.M.A.K., Gent, 2001, I Bite America and America Bites Me (together with Mila Bredikhina), Deitch Projects, New York, 1997; Manifesta I (together with Mila Bredikhina), V-2, Rotterdam; and Interpol, Fargfabriken, Stockholm, 1996. His work is also regularly featured in major biennials of contemporary art: Moscow (2, 3, 4), Venice (47, 49, 50, 51), Valencia (1 and 2), São Paulo (24), and the 1st Kyiv International Biennale of Contemporary Art, 2012.

The exhibition will be showing until 7 September 2019.

Exhibition opening on 9 August 2019, at 7 p. m.

KIBLA Portal, Valvasorjeva 40, Maribor, Slovenia

Production: X-OP and ACE KIBLA


The exhibition and residency are part of the project Risk Change (2016–2020), co-financed by the Creative Europe program of the European Union.

ACE KIBLA is co-financed by the Municipality of Maribor and the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia.