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Genia Chef, Glory of a New Century    May 17 - Jun 14, 2012


…”Accepting guidance from none of History’s dogmas, Chef saw the heroes and events, the symbols and emblems, of the old ideologies swirling through the vaults of his imagination. What had been understood as true now had the aura of myth, and yet that aura was tarnished by failure. With bits and pieces of exhausted visions of history falling into random configurations, Chef became”post-historical” and took it upon himself to find new constellations of imagery. “Post-Historicism” became “Neo-Mythology,” which we could understand as all the old mythology – Greek, Roman, Soviet, Modernist – liberated from its old meaning and susceptible to new ones.”…

…"Though his art raises moral questions, Chef is not judgmental. He became an artist, after all, by resisting the judgments imposed by rigid systems, Western as well as Soviet”…

Carter Ratcliff, “Meaning Reborn: The Art of Genia Chef”. Genia Chef, Glory of a New Century. The State Russian Museum, Palace Editions, St. Petersburg, 2011

…”When I came to the West, a flood of contradictory ideas came crashing down on me like a waterfall. The experience of socialism and capitalism, socialist realism and modernism commingled in my head. The old and the new, revolution and tradition, the past and the present exchanged places. My understanding of all this was confused.
I had come from a society that had become the past for me, even though it had declared itself to be the “society of the future”; I arrived to the society of my future, which had long ago been in decline.”…

Genia Chef “Manifesto”. Genia Chef, Glory of a New Century. The State Russian Museum, Palace Editions, St. Petersburg, 2011

The book “Genia Chef, Glory of a New Century. The State Russian Museum, Palace Editions, St. Petersburg, 2011is available for purchase.

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