19. November 2021 ab 19:00 Uhr: re-Beuys, Ausstellung der Gruppe APXIV (Moskau)


Künstler*innengruppe „APXIV“ (Moskau)

Eröffnung am 19.11.21, 19-22 Uhr

Ausstellung 20.11.-23.11.21, 17-20 Uhr

Trigger warning:

In the course of the study, we came to the understanding that it is almost impossible to talk about controversial topics from the standpoint of an artist, taking into account all the variety of positions of the parties involved, and at the same time comply with modern Russian legislation. Raising hushed topics involves a certain risk of being misunderstood or trigger someone’s pain.

From this point, we would like to start a discussion about the contradictions of the situation. The project can be seen as a starting point for speaking out traumas and discussion on topics on the the intersection of artistic myth and political agendas.


EDEL EXTRA presents the APXIV art group XR project and exhibition „re:Beuys“. The project is dedicated to the famous German artist and one of the main theorists of postmodernism, Joseph Beuys, whose was born exactly 100 years ago. The XR-project of the APXIV group is based on the personal myth of Joseph Beuys about the fall of his plane on the Crimean field and miraculous healing by local shamans.

On March 16, 1944, a Luftwaffe military aircraft crashed near the village of Znamenka in Crimea. The future world famous artist Joseph Beuys was on the plane. This moment becomes the key in his myth of rebirth. Boyce himself recalled: “The last thing I remember was that it was too late to jump, too late to open the parachute… The plane crashed into the ground, and that saved me, although I broke my face and skull bones… Then the plane’s tail turned over and I was completely buried in the snow. The Tatars found me one day later. I remember voices, they said „Voda“, felt from the tents, and the strong smell of melted fat and milk. They covered my body with fat to help it restore heat, and they wrapped me in felt to keep it warm.“

On January 5, 2021, the APXIV research group set off for the Crimean Peninsula on an expedition to the site of the Beuys plane crash, setting the goal of studying the “Beuys myth”. During the expedition, the APXIV team determined the exact crash point. For our research, it was important for us to feel the place with our bodies, to feel the context of the Beuys myth ourselves. Our field study came through several stages: 4 rituals of co-adjustment, interviewing the descendants of eyewitnesses of the fall and Crimean relatives of one of the group members, sampling of land and tactile analysis of soil and water, reconstruction of the fall using an unmanned aerial vehicle, bathing in low-radioactive sources of the village of Novaya Zhizn (New Life).

During the course of our research, we found that there are many problematic points in the Beuys myth. Beuys instrumentalizes the practices attributed to them by the Tatars, ignoring the context of war and occupation. The Crimean Tatars are a mono-Muslim people, most likely, there were no shamans among them, but the main thing is that there was no Tatar community at all in the Krasnogvardeisky district — that is, the Crimean Tatars mentioned in the Beuys myth did not live at the place where Beuys fell and did not practice the rituals described by him. However, in the 20s of Soviet times, Jews were resettled to this barren and sparsely populated steppe land and, according to our data, Boyes fell on the field of the former Jewish collective farm, whose inhabitants were shot by German troops at the very beginning of the occupation.

Numerous inaccuracies and inconsistencies in the Beuys myth, as well as the colonial rhetoric of his artistic practice, correlate with the present reality of Crimea as a point of territorial disagreement and of an ambiguous political status. We understood that visiting a disputed territory, building a project around the myth of the German pilot and the colonial rhetoric of this myth, can raise many controversial and uneasy ethical issues. Is creating a work of art a justification for being in a disputed territory? Is it possible to recapture the discourse of power and use it as an artistic strategy, as a way to speak out bypassing restrictions?

The result of our trip was a phygital constructor of the Beuys myth of rebirth. Our mythological field does not aim to be academical, historically correct, but creates a basis for discussion, raises the question of how we can talk about historical traumas in a situation of political tension and censorship and what artistic strategies can be accepted in this case. We are convinced that art is a field of views exchange and on it’s territory the expression of positions should be as safe as possible.

Viewers will experience an interactive experience of living a new myth in a phygital space that connects the real and the virtual. This experience includes both interaction with installations, photographs and video materials, as well as with the artists themselves (and even with the revived Joseph Beuys) and other player-spectators in the virtual and physical space.

The project will open simultaneously in several dimensions of digital and real: November 19 at 19.00 at the EDEL EXTRA gallery in Nuremberg.


November 20–28, 2021

Opening day: November 19, 19.00

CTI Fabrka \\ Moscow, Perevedenovskiy per., 18

Gallery EDEL EXTRA \\ Nürnberg, Müllnerstraße 22



Gruppe APXIV:

Anastasija Soboleva

Wladimir Sawostin

Danja Orlowski

Katja Granowa

Lika Gomiaschwili

Nikita Kaem

Olga Klimowitskaja

Sofja Owtchinnikowa

Ya Nzi



Text und Bild © APXIV



In dieser Ausstellung werden in Auseinandersetzung mit der von Beuys geprägten „Tataren-Legende“ die Bevölkerungsgruppe der Tataren und insbesondere der Krim-Tataren genannt. Die Bevölkerungsgruppe ist seit Jahrhunderten und auch aktuell massiver Diskriminierung und Marginalisierung ausgesetzt.

Weiterführenden Informationen zur historischen und aktuellen Lage der Krim-Tataren findet Ihr unten:

Klein (2018): Tataren. Abrufbar unter: https://www.bpb.de/nachschlagen/lexika/islam-lexikon/170701/tataren

Halbach (2014): Analyse: Die Krimtataren in der Ukraine-Krise. Abrufbar unter: https://www.bpb.de/internationales/europa/ukraine/195184/analyse-die-krimtataren-in-der-ukraine-krise