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Yuri Kalendarev, sculptor, was born in Leningrad, USSR. Lives and works in Tuscany, Italy.

CHRONOLOGY

1963-67 Studies engineering at Leningrad Aircraft Institute and sculpture at Yusupov Palace, Leningrad.
1970-73 Studies monumental sculpture at the Higher Institute of Industrial Art, Leningrad. First involvement with non-conformist art-movement. Studies stone carving at “Monumentsculptura”, Leningrad.
1974-75 Takes part in first “Leningrad non-conformist” exhibition at Nevsky Dvoretz, Leningrad. Takes part in the first underground exhibitions of “Group Aleph”, Leningrad and Moscow.
1977 Establishes studio in Ein Hod, Israel.
1978-79 Teaches sculpture at Haifa University.
1980 Establishes studio in Carrara, Italy. First environmental projects.
1992 First light – works.
1994 Begins to study calligraphy with Prof. Ruan Zong Va and Shodo with Rev. Jomyo Tanaka.
1998 First golden light works.
2002 Begins to study Art of tunning of metals from Robert Paiste, at Paiste AG, Nottwil, Switzerland. First sound sculptures.
2004 First sound performances.
2008 First sounding screens.



Yuri Kalendarev

Sound Sculptures


Belonging to the generation of underground “non-conformist” artist, the dissidents of the 70s, Yuri Kalendarev has employed various media to develop the outcome of his research that explore the intersection of sculpture and sound vibrations.

He came upon the sonic possibilities of his work after 30 years of working with granite, land art and light projects.
His Sound Plates are forged out of acoustic bronze compounds using hammers and fire, in order to generate a large range of frequency oscillations that allow multiple interactions with the listener’s inner being.

The “sound plates” are designed to create massive low-frequency drones and mid-range howls, which are capable to generate a wide variety of deep percussive sounds. In redefining the concept of sculpture in pure sound terms, the work of Yuri Kalendarev extends and explores a new aural experience that goes beyond the sound itself, an investigation into the realm of “pure acoustic”.

His sound performances captured in his records presents the crystallization of the physicality of Kalendarev’s sound sculpture, his attitude to rhythm, to the persistence of sound itself, with a hushed atmosphere of concentration, silent communion, and mystery.

SELECTED SOUND PERFORMANCES

2010
"Sound Sculptures", Sound performance for newblueearth.org at the “Earth Commoners” Roundtable, Château de Bossey, Geneva, Switzerland. ”Beyond the Sound”, Sound Sculptures, Silent Action for Grossmunster. Grossmunster Cathedral, Zurich, Switzerland.

2007
”Beyond the Sound”, Sound Sculptures, Art & Transpersonal Psychology, Gazgolder, Moskow, Russia. ”Beyond the Sound”, Sound Sculptures, ArtMoscow, Moskow, Russia. ”Beyond the Sound”, Sound Sculptures, Dei Schachtel Sound Art Gallery, Milan, Italy.

2006
"Cardio 21", Sound Sculptures & Sound Performance for Cardiological Symposium, Auditorium del Palazzo dei Congressi, Florence, Italy. "Sound Sculptures", Together with Pierre Favre, Crypt of Grossmunster, Zurich. Switzerland "Sound Sculptures", Gompa of Istituto Lama Tzong Khapa di Pomaia, Italy.

2005
“Kursk”, Sound Sculptures, Grossmunster, Zurich, Switzerland. “Beyond the Sound”, Sound Sculptures, Auditorium del Palazzo dei Congressi, Institute of Clinical Physiology of National Centre of Research, Pisa, Italy.

2004
“Kursk”, Sound Sculptures, The Central Exhibition Hall "Manezh", for The Museum of Nonconformist Art, The Society “Free Culture" and The Art Center “Pushkinskaya-10”, St.Petersburg, Russia.

SELECTED ENVIRONMENTS

2003
“Golden Beat”, Project for Nazarian building of Music Academy, Jerusalem, Israel

1995
“Requiem”, House is Waldsee, Berlin, Germany

1990
“Project for Seltenleer”, Heidelberger Castle. “Blue – color of distance”, Heidelberger Kunstverein, Germany

1989 “Project for Water Tower”, for LVAA Water Tower, Louisville, KY, USA

1986 “Project for Tefen”, Open Museum, Tefen, Galilee, Israel

1980 “Gravitation”, Project for “Perspective83”, Art 14’83, Basel, Switzerland

1982 “Gravitation. About anchors”, Perspective 13’82, Basel, Switzerland

SELECTED ONE-MAN EXIBITIONS

2010
Andersen Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland

1990
Heidelberger Kunstverein, Germany

1989
Leopold-Hoesch Museum, Duren, Germany

1984
Gallery Schoeneck, Riehen, Switzerland

1983
Thorens Fine Art AG, Basel, Switzerland

1984
Lopez Gallery AG, Zürich, Switzerland

1982
Gallery Court Saint-Pierre, Geneva, Switzerland

1981
“Perspective 82” ART 13’82, Basel, Switzerland

1980
Debel Art Gallery, Jerusalem, Israel

1979
Goldman’s Art Gallery, Haifa, Israel

1974
Arena Stage, Washington D.C. USA

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2008
“Horizont”, Sound sculpture, MediaMuseum, MediaArtLab, Moscow. “In nome della Rosa, mia nonna”, Sound installation, Gall. Giannone, Pisa, Italy.

2004
“10 Sound Plates for Saint Petersburg”, Sound installation & Sound performance, The Central Exhibition Hall "Manezh", for The Museum of Nonconformist Art, The Society “Free Culture” and The Art Center “Pushkinskaya-10”, S.Petersburg, Russia

1996
“Bread and Light”, Sofienholm Museum, Copenhagen, Dennemark

1995
“Bread, Light and Salt ”, Russian State Museum, S.Petersburg, Russia “Earth and Light”, National Art Gallery, Oslo, Norway “Stones”, First International Symposium of stone sculpture, Pereslavl-Zalesskiy, Russia

1994
“Bread and Light”, Contemporary Art Museum, Sopot, Poland “Golod”, „Selbstindentifikation“, Stadtgalerie Kiel, Germany

1991
“The presence of the absent”, University Art Gallery, Tel-Aviv, Israel „Gravitation“, Kunst auf Landesgartenchau, Hockenheim, Germany

1989
“Project for Water Tower”, LVAA Water Tower, Louisville, KY, USA “Solitude. Plane and project”, Solitude Palace, Stuttgart, Germany

1988
 Rathaus, Mainz, Germany Weiterbildungszentrum, Dusseldorf, Germany

1987
Kubus, Hannover, Germany 1985 Lopes Gallery AG, Zürich, Switzerland

1984
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel

1982
Goldman-Kraft Gallery, Chicago, USA

1980
Two-man show with Tatsumi Oki, Ein-Hod, Israel The International Symposium of Marble Sculpture, Carrara, Italy The Marble Pavilions, Carrara, Italy.

1978-79 “From Moscow to Jerusalem, Art in Transformation”, traveling exhibition, USA. Wallack Galleries, Ottawa, Canada “Those who came from Russia”, Kar Gallery of Fine Art, Toronto, Canada National Art Center, Ottawa, Canada

1976-77 Israel Art Center, Jerusalem, Israel “12 from Soviet Underground”, traveling exhibition, USA, Canada

1975 “GROUP ALEF” Moscow, USSR First exhibition of “GROUP ALEF”, Leningrad, USSR

1974 “Leningrad non-conformists”, Gaza Palace, Leningrad, USSR.