The Moscow Central Exhibition Hall ‘Manege’ invites citizens and guests of the city to visit the biopic exhibition dedicated to the legend of the Russian rock music Viktor Tsoi. The exhibition is called “Viktor Tsoi. The Path of the Hero” and presents the Russian legend not only as a musician but also as an artist.
Viktor Tsoi was a Soviet and Russian singer and songwriter who co-founded the Kino music band, one of the most popular and musically influential bands in the history of Russian music. He is regarded as one of the pioneers of Russian rock and is credited with popularizing the genre throughout the Soviet Union.
Born and raised in Leningrad (now Saint Petersburg), Tsoi started writing songs as a teenager. Throughout his career, Tsoi contributed a plethora of musical and artistic works. In 1990, after their high-profile concert at the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Tsoi briefly relocated to Latvia to work on the band’s next album. Two months after the concert, Tsoi died in a car collision.
They say that Andy Warhol, having seen Joanna Stingray‘s artwork by Tsoi, sent him a jar of Campbell soup with his autograph as a gift. So this jar can be seen at the first large solo exhibition of Tsoi in the Moscow Manege from January 15 till April 15, 2022. The curator, journalist and artist, Dmitry Mishenin, calls it a “biopic exhibition”, as they collected everything that is in family archives and private collections to tell about the path of the “last hero”.
Not everyone knows that Viktor Tsoi received an art education and participated in exhibitions of the association “New Artists”. The exhibition presents his drawings and canvases, both student and later, as well as guitars, drafts, letters, polaroids, stage costumes, airline tickets. All this makes it possible to get as close as possible to the man-legend.