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(E-E) Evgenij Kozlov - biography

(E-E) Evgenij Kozlov,  [phonetic translation Yevgeny Kozlov (YE-YE)]
born 1955 in Leningrad, currently living in Berlin.

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At around 5-7 years of age, Evgenij periodically visited the Hermitage Museum with his father, where he drew off the illustrations of old masters, and then until the age of 11 practised at a drawing club within the Oktyabrskiy district’s Young Pioneer Palace.

He attended grade 9 and 10 at the #190 middle school for fine arts under the V. I. Muhina Academy of Arts.

In 1978, having been invited by Timur Novkov, he joined “Letopis” founded by Bob Koshelohov in 1977.

Evgenij Kozlov lead a series of biographic and artistic journal entries from 1979 to 1983. more >>

In 1982, Timur Novikov offered him membership in “Новые Художники” (”Novye Khudozhniki” / “New Artists”), becoming the group’s second member. more >>

During the 80s, Evgenij Kozlov created his own specific style to portray a metamorphosis of reality (the “E-E” style), often using his own photos for the task (“Anna Karenina I” more >>, “Anna Karenina II” more >>, “Good Evening Gustav” more >>) and creating new symbols («art из CCCP “Art from the USSR” more >>).

The Russian Field, Fontanka 145The artist’s studio “Russkoee Polee”«РУССКОЕЕ ПОЛЕЕ», located on Fontanka embankment 145, was legendary throughout 1989-1991. It served as a meeting place for artists, journalists (as reported in “Aspects” on German television) and gallery experts. It was there that Evgenij Kozlov met Hannelore Fobo in 1990.

The year 1990 was notable for the foundation of his “2 x 3 m” collection of modern Russian art more >> - its first exhibition was held that same year on the Palace Bridge in Leningrad (E. Bogdanova, G. Guryanov, V. Gutsevich, O. Kotelnikov, V. Mamyshev-Monro, I. Savchenkov, I. Sotnikov, etc.).

In 1991, Evgenij Kozlov expanded his artistic talent to video art. The same year he developed his ideas on the nature of creating and understanding art, as exemplified in his statement "Two Cosmic Systems" more >> and in his theory of the "Art of the Future". The latter was based on the “New Classics” artistic cycle of 1989-1990 and formulated during a conversation with Hannelore Fobo. more >>

In 1994, Evgenij Kozlov moved to Berlin and - with the aid of Hannelore Fobo – opened the “Russkoee Polee 2” studio within the confines of an old factory in central Berlin.

The studio regularly showed Evgenij Kozlov’s own work and hosted a number of cultural activities, beginning with the third exhibition of the “2 x 3 m” collection” more >>. Other activities included the fourth ‘2 x 3 m’ exhibition (1995) more >>, already housing 25 pieces from Russian artists. Curators and artists flew in with special flights provided via support from British Airways.

Evgenij Kozlov. The Russian Field, Berlin- various exhibitions taken part by Oleg Kotelnikov, Oleg Zajka, Andrey Khlobystin, Natalia Pershina-Yakimanskaya (Gluklya), Evgenij Kondratev, Andrius Ventslova and others.

- concerts by “New Composers” (1999, 2000 more >>), “Mumiy Troll’” (2001 more >>),  the composer Dmitriy Pavlov, who wrote music for the film “Kukushka”, and Andrey Boreyko, head conductor for the Dusseldorf Symphonic Orchestra (2003). more >>

- club parties: “Russkij Novy God” with Bob Young / Club 90º (1998), “E-E Relax Party” (1999), “Chocoparty” (1999) and “The Next Century is Gøod” (2000)

In Berlin, Evgenij Kozlov continued resorting to more sizeable cycles, such as “Angels of the Russian Field”(«Ангелы Русского Поля», “Angely Russkogo Polya”) (1994), “Virtuoso Reality”(«Виртуозная Реальность» “Virtuoznaya Realnost”) (1996) more >>, “Lolita”(1996), “The Book for People, Princesses and Princes” («Книга для Людей, Принцесс и Принцев»  “Kniga Dlya Ludey, Princess i Printsev”) (1991-2007) more >>, and others.

Evgenij Kozlov. The Russian Field, BerlinIn 1997, Evgenij Kozlov became the husband of Hannelore Fobo.

In 1998, per request from the Berlin House of Representatives, Evgenij Kozlov painted the portrait of M. S. Gorbachev for Berlin’s honorary citizen gallery. more >>

In 1999, commemorating 10 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall, Evgenij Kozlov oversaw an event allowing schoolchildren to write upon a chocolate wall 12 metres wide, two metres high and weighing 8 tons. The event was organised by “Eurochocolate” and held on the Marlene Dietrich Platz square at the centre of the city. “The Berlin Chocowall” was destroyed after the event was over and the chocolate dispersed to the children and other viewers present. more >>

The year 2003 saw the release of “Leningradskiy Al’bom / The Leningrad Album”. These earlier works (1967-1973) were dedicated “to all youth and men in the world throughout the XXI, XXVI, XXXIX and LXIV centuries”. more >>

As of 2005, the artist began signing his works exclusively with the “E-E” symbol.

In 2007, Maurizio Cattelan, Massimilano Gioni and Ali Subotnik included Evgenij Kozlov into a list of 100 “great solitary masters” presented in the “Charley 05” album, making him the only Russian artist in their “gallery of obsessions”. more >>

In 2009, under the label "E-E films" Evgenij Kozlov & Hannelore Fobo began producing films about the works of Evgenij Kozlov, as well as publishing the video archive with films from the artistic territory of St. Petersburg in the 1990s. more >>

In 2013, E-E will complete the “Century XX” cycle consisting of 100 collages more >>, 500 graphic works more /video >> and 500 lightboxes. In order to better describe such a monumental cycle, he implemented the term “Chaose-art” more >> to denote a complex concept for describing art starting in the middle of the XX century.

In 2013, Massimiliano Gioni, curator of the 55th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale (la Biennale di Venezia), selected Evgenij Kozlov's "Leningrad Album" for the main exhibition "Il Palazzo encyclopedico / The Encyclopedic Palace". more >>

(E-E) Evgenij Kozlov‘s works are in the collections of
The State Russian Museum, Saint Petersburg
Tate Gallery, London
The Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow
Centre Pompidou, Paris
Muzeum Sztuki, Lodz
Abgeordnetenhaus Berlin
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, Turku
Wende Museum, California
Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies Special Collection, Harvard University
Garage Archive Collection/The St. Petersburg archives
The Pete Fulwell archive, Liverpool John Moores University
and in private collections in Russia, France, England, Germany, Finland, Sweden, USA, Australia, and Canada.

for all questions concerning Evgenij Kozlov's art please contact Hannelore Fobo (in English, German or Russian) <art.tomorrow(at)>

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Last updated 12 June 2024

Evgenij Kozlov (E-E) at the first exhbition on the Palace Bridge in St. Petersburg.

(E-E) Evgenij Kozlov at the first exhbition on the Palace Bridge in St. Petersburg. The exhibition largely shows paintings from his Collection 2 x 3m (E. Bogdanova, G. Guryanov, V. Gutsevich, O. Kotelnikov, V. Mamyshev-Monro, I. Savchenkov, I. Sotnikov, and others.)

photo: H. Fobo, 1990

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