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  • Russian artist. Along with Ilya Kabakov is one of the most important figures of Moscow Conceptualism.
  • He graduated from Moscow State University (Philology). Worked as an editor at the Moscow Museum of Literature. In 1973 he began to study the structures serials and minimalist sound compositions. Since 1975, creates poetic objects and actions. Co-founder and author of most of the projects of the “collective action.” The author-composer of the majority of volumes of documentation CD “Trips out of town.” Participated in exhibitions Apt art and the avant-garde Club (CLAVA) in Moscow, a member of numerous national and international exhibitions. By theoretical articles on contemporary art in national and international journals.
  • Andrei Bely Prize winner in 2003 in the category for outstanding contributions to the development of Russian literature. In 2008, he was awarded “Companion.” Winner of the “Innovation” in 2009 in the “Theory of art”
  • From 1975 to 1977, a series of works under the title “Elementary Poetry” (books, promotional items), the principle of the text which is the basis of aesthetics shares of “collective action.” From 1976 to present – member of the “collective action.”
  • From 1980 to present – making volumes of documentation, “Journeys of the city of collective action.”
  • 1981 – Preparation of the first issue of the Moscow Archive of New Art (MANI).
  • 1986-1990, – making five collections MANI (1-4th at – I. Backstein participation, 5th – Mr S. Haensgen).
  • Since 2008 – the year member of Capito (Zakharov, Yuri Leiderman, Monastyrsky).
  • September 15, 2010 at Stella Art Foundation Stella Kesayeva, Commissioner of the Russian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, has announced that Andrew Monastery represent Russia at Venice in 2011



  • 2003 – Apartment exhibition. EKArtByuro, Moscow
  • 1992 – Group Exhibition. First Gallery, Moscow. Krings-Ernst Galerie, Cologne
  • 1990-1991 – ERCC (Espace regional de la creation contemporaine), Marseille
  • 1990 – Century modernism. Krings-Ernst Galerie, Cologne
  • 1989 – Propaganda station. Pelin Gallery, Helsinki . “First Gallery”, Moscow