Recylce Group

21.06.2017 – 20.08.2017

The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow



Alexandra Danilova

Polina Mogilina

Triumph Gallery and The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts present the exhibition-intervention by Recycle Group. The project Homo Virtualis was prepared especially for The Pushkin Museum in Moscow, reflecting the artists' thoughts of the art’s transformation andperception  in the era of mass media. 16 new objects made in different techniques will be placed to the the rooms of art of the Ancient world, the Middle Ages andthe Renaissance.

The artists of Recycle Group, placing their objects and sculptures in the classical museum, enter into a kind of game with the audience. They offer create works that are visually quite similar to someancient artifacts, but actually made of polyurethane and plastic. This is so-called post-industrial garbage, and, at the same time, a subtle discussion about "personal dimension" in the era of virtual reality. Rudiments of "classical art" or at least what can be perceived by the modern audience as a fragment of "high culture" becomesa part of "archeology of the future". Icons of popular networks seem to mark the museum’s space, giving  the sculptures additional meanings. Recycle Group asks visitors the question: what makes individual artist or a whole museum credible, influential and  popular today:   their so-called “quote index”, subscribers in social networks, or a certain  number of likes and selfies made in front of them?


Homo Virtualis marks the development of the main subject "man/machine" in the work of Recycle Group. Digital technologies and social networks are increasingly invading people's everyday life, transforming their vision of the world and classical art. They form the modern viewer's approach to life, in which they no longer make a distinction between high and low, unique and replicated. It does not matter whether it is a person, a masterpiece of art or a brick wall – all are equal in front of the lens of a smartphone. What was proclaimed as a revolution in the visual arts in the mid-20th century has now become a common pixel code.