Television Mystification or How Kuryokhin Proved that Lenin Became a Mushroom. Lecture by Sergey Chubraev

ms², audiovisual room

29 November 2016, Tuesday at 18:00 hrs, admission free


[Interpretation from Russian into Polish will be provided.]


During the lecture Sergey Chubraev will discuss the life and oeuvre of Russian avant-garde artist and a virtuoso pianist – Sergey Kuryokhin. In 1991 he made up a story about Lenin and proposed it to the Leningrad TV channel. In a televised interview, pretending he was a historian, Kuryokhin provided evidence that Lenin, through eating hallucinogenic mushrooms, became a mushroom. The broadcast coincided with important developments in the USSR and in the world and hence many commentators even today consider it to mark the beginning of independent television in the countries of the former Soviet Union. Chubraev will present, inter alia, the making of the programme “Lenin-Mushroom”, as well as its social and political consequences in Russia and abroad.


Sergiey Chubraev – art historian born in Leningrad in 1972 ; graduated from the University of Culture and Arts; a member of painters’ collective “Private Curators”; supervised and managed architectural projects, also worked as a photographer and producer for magazines, such as: “Vogue", “AD", “Playboy", ‘Marie Claire" or “Cosmopolitan".


Participant and moderator of numerous lectures and seminars devoted to Sergey Kuryokhin and Pop-Mechanica. He owns an impressive collection of the artist’s works and materials. 

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