Artwork information

Act XX
40x29,5 cm
Catalog number

on the verso side: circled figure “4” in the upper right corner; in the lower left corner – title “Akt XIX”. Below the title – roundish stamp “Krakiwskie Towarzystwo Fotografizcne VENUS 1976 Akt-Portret Krakow” and stamp “СССР, 310003, г Харьков-3, А. Я. 185, РУПИН ЮРИЙ К. | USSR 310003, Charkov-3, P. O. Box 185, RUPIN JURIJ K.” and two stamps to the right “[…unclear] Krakiwskie Towarzystwo Fotografizcne VENUS-76 Ekspozycj[….] zecinie Zamek Książąt Pomorskich Grudzien 1976” та “VIІ INTERNATIONAL SALON OF PHOTOGRAPHIC ART NUDE STUDIES and PORTRAIT VENUS-76 – AKT I PORTRET / KRAKOWSKIE TOWARZYSTWO FOTOGRAFIZCNE […] Ewudencja wplywu / L.p. 791; Nr autoro 250; Punkty – Nagorody 8; Nr katalogu 346”

About the artist

Act XX

Jury Rupin (1946, Lyman, USSR – 2008, Vilnius, Lithuania) — photographer, one of the founders of Vremia photographic group. Got his first photocamera in 1958. In 1961-1965 attended Slaviansk technical college. Served in the military in 1965-1968, after which graduates from Kharkiv Polytechnic Institute (1969-1974). Enrolled in the Kharkiv regional photoclub at the House of Amateur Artists of trade Unions around 1970-1971 (his name is absent in the journal of photoclub from 1965-1969). At that period meets future members of Vremia group.

In his practice of 1970s Rupin favoured experimental photography and photographics. He was one of the first Kharkiv authors to master colour photography, both for commercial purposes and for art photography, amplifying the dramatic effects of images. Despite nude imagery was tabooed in the Soviet Union, it is this genre that mostly draws the master’s attention. Both male (Sauna series, 1972), and female body allows him to create images of the most abstract notions (“Anxiety, 1973) in the traditions, shaped up within international photography salons. His most bold graphic experiments tend towards abstract language (“Birch trees”, not dated).

According to his autobiographic novel Photographer’s Diary, published in the late 2000s together with other literature works by the author, his photocollage “Night” (1974) was the reason for the dismissal of the photoclub in 1975 or 1976/ In 1979-1985 studies History of Art at Repin Leningrad institute of painting, sculpture and architecture. In 1989 moved together with his family to Vilnius and opened first private gallery “MRK” in Tallinn, Estonia, which worked for three years (1990-1993). In 1990s abandoned art photography and focused on managing the stock photoagency “Rupincom” (1994-2001).


Photo credit — Alexander Sliussarev, 1980.

1974 — “Małe”, Poland

1974 — “Venus”, Krakow photographic union, Krakow, Poland

1974 — III International “INFOTA” exhibition, Jičín, Czechoslovak Republic

1974 — “Vitkovice-74”, Ostrava, Czech Repbulic

1974 — “6 Bifota” (Berliner Internationale Fotoausstellung), Berlin, Germany

1974 — 18th Wichita International Salon of Photography, Photographic Union of Wichita, Wichita, USA

1975 — photography biennale “Europa75”, Spaine

1975 — “Venus”, Krakow photographic union, Krakow, Poland

1975 — Internationale Jubiläums-Foto-Ausstellung Photo-Club St Gallen, St Gallen Photoclub, St Gallen, Switzerland

1976 — “Interphoto 76”, Norwood, Australia

1976 — “Virton-76”, Virton, Belgium

1976 — “Fotosport 76”, Reus, Spain

1976 — 5eme Salon International D’art Photographique 1976, Nimes, France

1976 — IV international exhibition “INFOTA”, Jičín, Czechoslovak Republic

1976 — V Salon Portretu Artystycznego, Гданськ, Польська Народна Республіка

1975 — 4-e Salon de Photographies Nimes, Nimes, France

1974-1976  — Salão Internacional de Arte Fotográfica Grupo Desportivo e Cultural da Secildo Ultramar, Luanda, Angola

1974-1976 — photoclub of Buenos-Aires, Buenos-Aires, Argentina

1974-1976  — Salon International De Art Fotografico, Buenos-Aires, Argentina

1974-1976  — 2nd World festival of photographic arts, Belgium

1974-1976 — Sociedade Fluminense de Fotografia, Niteroi, Brazil

1974-1976 — Photographic Union of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland

1974-1976 — International Exhibition of Pictorial Photography, Great Britain

1974-1976 — FotoFilmeclub, Kapellen-Drusweiler, Germany

1974-1976 — Photokina, Gologne, Germany

1974-1976 — International Neusser fotowochen, Neuss, Germany

1974-1976 — Fotomundi, Eindhoven, Netherlands

1974-1976 — Den XIX, Havdrup, Denmark

1974-1976 — Photographic Art Asscociation, Havdrup, Denmark

1974-1976 — “Toro” photgraphic group, Torino, Italy

1974-1976 — PSMP International Salon, Bhopal, India

1974-1976 — Sociedad Fotografica Zaragoza, Zaragoza, Spain

1974-1976 — Repartição de Cultura e Turismo, Porot, Portugalia

1974-1976 — Photoartists association, Bukharest, Romania

1974-1976 — Bristol Salon of Photography, Bristol, USA

1974-1976 — Mississippi Valley Salon of Photography, St  Louis Camera Club, St Louis,  USA

1974-1976 — Northwest International Exhibition of Photography, Puyallup, USA

1974-1976 — Wichita international exhibition of photography, Wichita, USA

1974-1976 —Bordeaux, France

1974-1976 — Cine Flach Club, Vincennes, France

1974-1976 — Coupe charles phate, France

1974-1976 — F.N.S.P.F, Paris, France

1974-1976 — Macon, France

1974-1976 — Mautes la Zolie, France

1974-1976 — Photo9club ARTEK Moucron,, France

1974-1976 — Salon International photographique, Bordeaux, France

1974-1976 — Fotoforum Ruzomberok, Ружомберок, Чехословацька Соціалістична Республіка

1974-1976 — “Fotografia Academica”, Братислава, Чехословацька Соціалістична Республіка

1974-1976 — Photo Club Aigle, Aigle, Switzerland

1974-1976 — The Exhibition Photographic Society of Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka

1974-1976 — Natron photoclub, Maglai, Yugoslavia

1974-1976 — “Sterijino Pozorje”, Novi Sad, Serbia

1974-1976 — Asahi Shimbun exhibition, Asahi Shimbun, Tokio, Japan

1979 — “Фотографическое искусство-79”, Moscow united committee of graphic artists, Moscow RSFSR

2009 — London Art Fair, London, Great Britain

2017 — “Харків. 18+,” Odesa//Batumi Photo Days 2017, Museum of Modern art of Odesa, Odesa, Ukraine (curator — Sergiy Lebedynskyy)

2018 — “École photographique de Kharkiv”, Kherson Museum of Modern Art, Kherson, Ukraine (curator — Victoria Bavykina)

2019 — “Харківська школа фотографії з колекції сім’ї Гриньових” (Kharkiv school of photography from Grynovs’ family collection”, Mironova Foundation gallery, Kyiv, Ukraine (curator — Victoria Bavykina)

2019 — “Перетинаючи межу” (Crossing lines), PinchukArtCentre, Kyiv, Ukraine (curators — Björn Geldhof, Martin Kiefer, Alicia Knock)

Československá Fotografie, no. 4 (1974).

EYEMAZING, summer issue (2009).

Kharkiv School of Photography. From Soviet Censorship to New Aesthetics. Edited  by Igor Manko, Igor and Roberto Muffoletto. VASA, 2015.

Manko, Igor. “The Kharkiv School of Fine Art Photography”. VASA Journal on Images and Culture

Pavlova, Tetyana. “Ukrainian photography 1939-1969”. В The History of European photography, Т. II. Ред. – Вацлав Мацек та інш.. Відень-Братислава: The Central European House of Photography, 2014, 800-819.

Pavlova, Tetyana. “Ukrainian photography 1970-2000”. В The History of European photography, Т. IІI. Ред. – Вацлав Мацек та інш. Відень-Братислава: The Central European House of Photography, 2014, 765-791.

Pavlova, Tatiana. “Late 1960s to 1980s — The Vremya Group’s Time”. VASA Journal on Images and Culture

Ukrainian Photographers: Elena Filatova, Alexander Sirota, Anton Solomoukha, Jury Rupin, Boris Mikhailov, Seema Aissen Weatherwax. Мемфіс: Books LLC, 2010.

Rupin, Yuri. “About Vitas Luckus and Vilnius”. В Vitas Luckus — biography. Каунас: Kaunas Photography gallery & Lithuanian Art Museum, 2014, 165-168.

Wainwright, Jean. “Jury Rupin ‘Are you going to Sorochincy Fair?’”. Hotshoes, no. 158 (2009): 9-10.

Павлова, Тетяна [Pavlova, Tetiana]. Авангард в образотворчому мистецтві Харкова ХХ ст.: дис. на здобуття наукового ступеня доктора мистецтвознавства. Lviv, 2018.

Павлова, Тетяна [Pavlova, Tetiana]. “До історії харківської школи фотографії: група  «Время»”. Korydor: журнал про сучасну культуру, 2019. 

Павлова, Тетяна [Pavlova, Tetiana]. Фотомистецтво в художній культурі Харкова останньої третини ХХ ст. (на матеріалі пейзажного жанру): лис. на здобуття наукового ступеня кандидата мистецтвознавства. Kharkiv, 2007.

Павлова, Татьяна [Pavlova, Tatiana]. “Харьковская школа фотографии: Юрий Рупин”. В Art Ukraine, 2015.–yuriy-rupin/#.WYfl9LpuKL9. 

Пригодич, Надежда [Prygodych, Nadezhda]. “Группа  ‘Время’ — Теория удара”. 5,6, no. 7 (2012). 

Рупин, Юрий [Rupin, Jury]. Дневник фотографа. 2007. 

Рупин, Юрий [Rupin, Jury]. Дневник фотографа в архивах КГБ. 2008. 

Рупин, Юрий [Rupin, Jury]. Лурики. 2005. 

Рупин, Юрий [Rupin, Jury]. Показания свидетеля. 2007. 

Рупин, Юрий [Rupin, Jury]. Роковая примета. 2007. 

Рупин, Юрий [Rupin, Jury]. Вантюша. 2003. 

Рупин, Юрий [Rupin, Jury]. Великий Чебукин. 2005. 

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