“BREAKFAST AT CRONUS” by Valentin Korzhov
Valentin Korzhov was born in Moscow and received training in sculpture at the art academy, and began his professional career at the studio of master sculptor Victor Sidorenko.
In multidisciplinary installations that manipulate spatiality as a medium, the artist engages in immersive experiences that draw not only from the resources of art but also of modern philosophy and science. Temporality is dislocated in Korzhov’s work, reading the palimpsest of civilization as a complex tapestry of interwoven texts, images and archetypes, moving away from the historicism of sculpture towards a primeval site of mythography that encompasses the distant future as well.
Breakfast at Cronus is the culmination of Valentin’s decade-long artistic research of European philosophical thought dedicated to the ideas of humanism on the one hand, and the notions of form and space as the laws of the universe on the other. The exhibition unites three projects built around the idea of logos as the foundations of humanity and reveals its relevance in the context of contemporary crises of overproduction of information, symbols, products, etc. Korzhov refers here to three fundamental sources in the history of human thought known as revelation, which had a strong impact on his own views and oeuvre, i.e., Plato’s Timaeus, the Old and New Testament and Thus Spoke Zarathustra by Nietzsche.
Valentin is the member of Moscow Artists Union, sculpture section. His personal exhibitions took place in such important public spaces like Ekaterina Cultural Foundation, State Darwin Museum, Center for Contemporary Art Winzavod, Arts Academy and many others. His exhibition Archeology of Memory was showcased as a collateral event of the 5th International Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art. He participates in a number of important large-scale group exhibitions like Actual Russia and Tetraktis. Valentin was included in top-100 Renowned Russian Artists (InArt 2018). Lives and works in Moscow.