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perestroika and Russian punk. Time for changes...

The exhibition is dedicated to Moscow and St. Petersburg underground and punk culture since the 1980s. The artist is Sergei Borisov, world famous for his photographs that became symbols of Perestroika. Sergei Borisov's photographs are sold in different galleries and auctions in Europe, including Sotheby's, Christie's and Phillips, and represented at Russian and European museums.


The exposition includes "ideological nude” and street photographs, in which Sergei Borisov's unique photographic language accurately transmits the irony and protest of Perestroika time. Based on these photographs, published in Le Monde, Face, Tempo, Actuel, Interview, and Photo magazines, astonished Europe studied life in a rapidly changing Russia.


A separate part of the exhibition is dedicated to Sergey Borisov's famous studio Studio 50A, one of the epicentres of the Soviet behind-the-scenes intellectual and artsy life in the 1980s. Borisov's studio was often compared to Warhol's Factory, meaning that Studio 50A also attracted informal people as its American equivalent. There were held exhibitions, presentations and meetings of those who remained in the shadow of official culture, and 10 years later became a symbol of the New time.


Sergey Borisov was born in 1947 in Moscow. Since 1977 he has been shooting popular musicians. Having received the Grand Prix in the competition for the design of records, he designed about 70 records for popular musicians at the time. But the main Borisov’s merit is photo chronicle of Moscow and St. Petersburg counterculture. Working with magazines, he introduced the world to punk and underground Soviet culture in the 1980s and 1990s. 

In 1985 he acted himself in the movie "Dancing on the Roof". Since the late 80's he has paid more attention to exhibitions and exclusive projects, less work on orders and in the press. 


In 1994, his photo "Polet" was sold at Sotheby's auction in London, which marked the beginning of the Russian photographers' conquest of the international collection market.


Since 1976, Borisov has participated in various exhibitions, which were held not only in his homeland, but also in Paris, Zurich, Berlin, London and many other cities around the world. Here are some of them:

2018 Zeitgeist. Plovdiv. Personal exhibition

2018 Zeitgeist. National Gallery. Sofia, Bulgaria. Personal exhibition

2017 Sergey Borisov. Kinotavr Film Festival. Sochi. Personal exhibition.

2017 Zeitgeist. Moscow Museum of Modern Art. Personal exhibition.

2017 Girls Girls Girls! Gallery RuArts. Moscow. Personal exhibition

2016 Against the stream. Russian Academy of Arts. Moscow.

2016 Encyclopedia of Photography (1891-1991). VDNKH. Moscow.

2016 Evolution of vision. 1991-2016. Central Exhibition Hall Manezh. Moscow.

2015 Glastnost and Perestroyka in Moscow. AKKA Zurich Gallery. Personal exhibition.

2014 Zero object. Moscow Art Media Museum.

2013 Beauty without glamour. State Russian Museum of St. Petersburg.

2013 Moscow XX century stories. Part II. Lumière Brothers Center for Photography. Moscow.

2012 Icons of the 90s. Loft Project ETAGI. "Fifth Floor”. St. Petersburg

2012 Naked bohemian. Ruarts Gallery. Moscow.

2011 Passion Bild. Russische Kunst seit 1970. Kunst Museum. Bern.

2011 Icons of the 90s. Lumière Brothers Center for Photography. Moscow.

2011 Mikhail Gorbachev. Perestroika. Central Exhibition Hall Manezh. Moscow.

2010 La Lecon de l'histoire. Palais de Tokio. Paris. France.

2010 Icons 1960-1980. Lumière Brothers Center for Photography. Moscow.

2007 People and time. Central Exhibition Hall Manezh. Personal exhibition.

2007 Social art. State Tretyakov Gallery. Moscow.

1999 GOLDEN CANON. State Kremlin Palace. Moscow. First Prize.



Photobastei. 8005 Zurich, Sihlquai 125, 3 floor.


Opening 10.01.2019

Exhibition 11.01-03.03.2019

Opening hours:

Wed-Sat 12.00-21.00

Sun 12.00-18.00

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