Private Moon installation by Leonid Tishkov
In our childhood many of us dreamed to reach out and touch the moon. Many of us watched movies in which the hero gives or promises to give a star to his beloved. Many of us believe in magic and make a wish at a falling star. What would be your reaction if you were given the opportunity to get the real moon from the sky and touch it? Russian artist Leonid Tishkov can make your dream come true. His project “Private Moon” is an installation inspired by the most romantic thoughts and fantasies. Private Moon tells the story of a man who met the Moon and stayed with it for the rest of his life. In a series of intimate photographs, the Moon helps the artist to overcome loneliness in the universe. Tishkov and his illuminated moon have traveled the world for more than ten years: from Austria to the Arctic, and no one knows where it will be the next time, on the roof or in Paris with you under a blanket.
Russian artist Leonid Tishkov was born born in 1953 in Sverdlovsk region. He graduated from the First Moscow Medical Institute named after A. Sechenov (1979). He had his first solo exhibition in 1991, which was held at the State Center for Contemporary Art. Then followed art exhibitions in Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow galleries, as well as in museums in Yekaterinburg, Chelyabinsk, Novosibirsk, Krasnoyarsk, Yaroslavl, United States, Germany, Sweden, Venezuela. His works are in the collections of the State Tretyakov Gallery, the Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Nasher Museum in NC, USA, Museum of Fine Arts at Northwestern University (Chicago), Museum of Modern Art (NY), the Center for Contemporary Art in Warsaw, Center for Contemporary Art in Italy, and others.
Tishkov also worked in the field of book illustrations (the end of the 1980s). The publishing house “Art” published books with his illustrations – “War with the Newts” by Karel Capek, “The Twelve Chairs” and “The Golden Calf” by Ilf and Petrov, “Hunting of the Snark” by Lewis Carroll.
In 2007, the publishing house «Livebook / Gayatri”, published a book, written and illustrated by Leonid Tishkov, – “How to become a genius artist without a single drop of talent.” In 2004-2008 the same publishing house published a collection of early cartoons “Black humor for the white and colored”, short stories in pictures “Divers” in three volumes, “Dabloids.”
“My project “Private Moon” has found a huge response in the state of Taiwan. In the Chinese tradition the Moon means a lot, it is more than a celestial body, it is an inexhaustible subject for inspiration. Just opened at the Art Museum Kaohsiung Exhibition “Traveling private moon Formosa” is a huge success. And three years ago my moon installation in Austria had a lot of visitors. Within six months, The Private Moon visited more than forty places”.