The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Sunday, October 21, 2018

Exhibition of New Painting and Sculpture by Konstantin Bessmertny at Rossi & Rossi
Konstantin Bessmertny, Accuser (2008) Mixed media, 130 x 63 x 85 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Rossi & Rossi, London.

LONDON.- Rossi & Rossi presents Konstantin Bessmertny: Causarum Cognitio, an exhibition of new painting and sculpture in what is his first exhibition with the gallery, presented in association with Amelia Johnson Contemporary, Hong Kong. A technical impresario who underwent rigorous formal training, the works of Konstantin Bessmertny address the many absurdities of contemporary living and our understanding of history through lush paintings, thick with coded references and allusions to high and low culture.

Raised in far eastern Russia on the Chinese border, Bessmertny learned the formal traditions of European painting while studying under Russian dissidents exiled eastward by the Soviets. Later moving to Macau, a city of Chinese and Portuguese history perpetually shadowed by bustling Hong Kong, Bessmertny is a creature of boundaries between times, cultures and places. The effect is not lost on his works, which gleefully portray challenges of basic, almost universally accepted understandings of zeitgeist, history, and its heroes.

In the new paintings on view in Causarum Cognitio (“The Knowledge of Causes”), the artist plays out deftly placed discrete literary and art-historical references in often vast paintings that, at first glance, resemble those of the great masters. The phrase “In Support of Leonardo Vs. Michelangelo” becomes a refrain throughout the works, notably in La Battaglia di Anghiari dell’Opera Perduta di Leonardo (pictured), a tongue in cheek homage to the famed competition between Medici-era masters Leonardo and Michelangelo. Leonardo’s epic battle, perenially copied by young artists, is reduced to a comic debacle. Bessmertny baitingly aligns himself philosophically with Leonardo through coded messages: his backwards signature a reference to Leonardo’s left-handed writing, while the phrase “Cerca Trova” (“Search and you will find”) alludes to a possible hint by the painter Vasari, commissioned to cover the original painting, that Leonardo’s ruined work remains intact and hidden beneath his own overwrought effort. The work Memorabilis VII - First of All: No Sports, borrows its title from a Winston Churchill quote on what “made him great.” In this case the phrase appears within the lid of a cigar box, in a font and colour similar to those of English propaganda posters from the World War 2 era. An image inside the box renders the former Prime Minister in a printing technique reminiscent of pop artists, while a swoop of paint around his top hat suggests a crown of thorns.

Born in Blagoveshchensk, Russia, across the Amur River from Heihe, China, Besmertny has spent the last seventeen years living in China’s Macau Special Administrative Region. During that time he has risen to become one of its foremost artistic ambassadors, having represented the enclave in its premier pavilion in the 52nd Venice Biennale in 2007. His works are held in collections that include the Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Macau, and the Standard Chartered Bank of Hong Kong; and have been exhibited in Museums that include the Museum of Contemporary Art, Fukuoka, Japan; the Museum of Art, Macau; and the Museum of Contemporary Arts, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Rossi & Rossi | Konstantin Bessmertny | Amelia Johnson Contemporary |

Today's News

May 12, 2010

Flag Flies at Christie's Sale - Record for Jasper Johns Whose Flag Sells for $28.6 Million

Exceptional Works to Be Offered at Sotheby's Latin American Sale

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Announces Finalists for Design

Claudia Schiffer Poses Nude in a Pose Very Similar to Demi Moore's

Swiss Art Sale Features a Group of Paintings from a Swiss Private Collection

The New York Photo Festival 2010 to Take Place May 12-16

Tate Modern is 10: Tate Reaches Across the World with Works Acquired

artnet Auctions Launches Modern and Contemporary Sale

Frieze Art Fair 2010 Announces More Galleries than Ever

Madridfoto 2010: Contemporary Photography Takes Over Madrid

Noguchi Museum Celebrates 25th Anniversary with Annual Benefit

Lanskoy, Bulatov, Weisberg, Aivakovsky Lead Russian Sale at Bonhams

The Mint Museum Announces Inaugural Exhibitions for New Facility

The San Diego Museum of Art Earns Major Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

Picture by Pakistan's 'Picasso', who Illustrated Camus Novel, in Bonhams Middle East & South Asian Sale

Berlin's Jewish Museum Expanding

Exhibition of New Painting and Sculpture by Konstantin Bessmertny at Rossi & Rossi

Faggionato Fine Art Opens Group Exhibition by Renowned International Artists

New Body of Work by British Artist Marc Quinn at White Cube

Sound and Video-Installation with Sophie Whettnall's Latest Self-Portrait at Fundació Joan Miró

Swedish Artist Attacked During Free-Speech Lecture

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- The Mummy poised to reclaim its title as the world's most expensive film poster

2.- Money museum showcases 1943 Cent valued at $1 million

3.- Is Robin Cunningham the Mysterious and Unknown Grafitti Artist Banksy?

4.- Freeman's autumn jewelry auction set to dazzle

5.- Phoenix Art Museum presents never-before-seen artifacts from Teotihuacan

6.- Sotheby's breaks auction record for any bottle of wine twice in one sale

7.- Buyer of shredded Banksy work goes through with deal

8.- The Frick Pittsburgh opens a major exhibition of works by Isabelle de Borchgrave

9.- Prime Minister Mark Rutte gives a history lesson in the Rijksmuseum

10.- Paris finds spot for controversial Jeff Koons tribute

Related Stories

Leang Seckon's First European Solo Exhibition Opens at Rossi & Rossi

Rossi & Rossi to Participate at Art Dubai with Naiza H. Khan Exhibition

Gonkar Gyatso Presents Two New Works at 6th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art

Hong Kong Artists to Make Their Debut in London at Rossi & Rossi

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher:Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful