Organizer: Moscow Museum of Modern Art
With the support of the Dutch Embassy in the Russian Federation
Curator: Irina Gorlova
Opening: October 17, 2013, 7 p.m.
The most repeated motifs in Andrei Roiter’s works refer to the realities of travel, journey, movement or tourism – the latter term is often used by the artist himself. Suitcases, carryalls, sealed corrugated cardboard boxes, tarpaulin tents, canoes, skis, cameras and drawing books are ubiquitously featured in each and every work of the artist. The artist’s idea of inventing a portable library takes shape after a suitcase handle is attached to a bunch of books. The image of a house, which metaphorically stands for a settled life, is growing small enough to be likened to a nesting home for migratory birds.
Transition is yet another term favored by Roiter for the description of his art. In the 1980s, the years marking the start of the artist’s career, the above term was evocative of then topical ideas of transavantgarde coined by Achille Bonito Oliva. For that matter, the art of Roiter may as well be considered one of the few examples of deliberate international transavantgarde at the Russian art scene. Even back then his works showed the transitivity of language i.e. an eclectic openness to most diverse visual sources – the openness that was part of a policy statement pertaining to transavantgarde at the time. Wall graffiti, children’s drawings, street Agitprop, traffic signs, ordinary objects designs, illustrative graphics of popular magazines are just some of the language elements one could recognize when analyzing the texture of Roiter’s works. The entire body of art produced by Roiter in those years can be really indentified with some sort of a camp-out to a video culture preserve should we look at his art from today’s angle.
An excerpt from Viktor Misiano’s article "The Years of Travels of Andrei Roiter"