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Private Moon installation by Leonid Tishkov

Leonid Tishkov with his private moon in New Zealand, at Rangitoto Island volcano, 2010

Private Moon installation by Leonid Tishkov. New Zealand, at Rangitoto Island volcano, 2010

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.

Leonid Tishkov with his Private moon in Kazan. June 2014

Leonid Tishkov with his Private moon in Kazan. June 2014

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.

Crane for the moon. Private Moon installation by Leonid Tishkov

Crane for the moon. Gateway Xiaogang. Photo Po-i Chen. Private Moon installation by Leonid Tishkov

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.

Private Moon at Shanghai Temple

Private Moon at Shanghai Temple

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.”

Private Moon installation by Leonid Tishkov

Private Moon at the shore. Sizihwan. Private Moon installation by Leonid Tishkov

“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”.

Private Moon installation by Leonid Tishkov. Almaty Private Gallery, Kazakhstan

Private Moon at Tengri Umai Gallery. Almaty Private Gallery, Kazakhstan

Private Moon installation by Leonid Tishkov

Private Moon In a straw shop. Cishan

Private Moon in tobacco barns. Private Moon installation by Leonid Tishkov

Private Moon in Meinong tobacco barns

Private Moon in the clay oven. Kaohsiung. 2012. Photo Po-i Chen

Private Moon in the clay oven. Kaohsiung. 2012. Photo Po-i Chen

Private Moon in the Voorhout alley, the Hague. The exhibition Russia XXI. May, 2013

Private Moon in the Voorhout alley, the Hague. The exhibition “Russia XXI”. May, 2013

Private Moon on a pine tree in the park of Panfilov at the exhibition 'Light Up'. Almaty, Kazakhstan

Private Moon on a pine tree in the park of Panfilov at the exhibition ‘Light Up’. Almaty, Kazakhstan

Private Moon on the Tianliao lake. Photo Po-i Chen. Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts

Private Moon on the Tianliao lake. Photo Po-i Chen. Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts

Private Moon, 2003. Acrylic, metal, diodes

Private Moon, 2003. Acrylic, metal, diodes

Seeing the Private Moon off. Sizihwan. Private Moon installation by Leonid Tishkov

Seeing the Private Moon off. Sizihwan. Private Moon installation by Leonid Tishkov

Stars in shoe boxes, Private Moon in a bed. Exhibition at the Moscow Planetarium, April, 2013. Private Moon installation by Leonid Tishkov

Stars in shoe boxes, Private Moon in a bed. Exhibition at the Moscow Planetarium, April, 2013

Travel of Private moon in the Urals. 2015. Private Moon installation by Leonid Tishkov

Travel of Private moon in the Urals. 2015

Travel of Private moon in the Urals. 2015. Private Moon installation by Leonid Tishkov

Travel of Private moon in the Urals. 2015

Under the destroyed bridge. Photographer Po-I Chen. Taiwan's Trip of the Private Moon 2012. Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts

Under the destroyed bridge. Photographer Po-I Chen. Taiwan’s Trip of the Private Moon 2012. Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts

Private Moon installation by Leonid Tishkov

Private Moon installation by Leonid Tishkov

Private Moon installation by Leonid Tishkov

Private Moon installation by Leonid Tishkov

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