Balagan!!! Contemporary Art from the Soviet Union and Other Mythical Places

Balagan!!! Contemporary Art from the Former Soviet Union and Other Mythical Places, was an exhibition curated by David Elliott in 2015 in Momentum Gallery Berlin. In Russia, ‘Balagan’ is a popular exclamation that describes, with celebratory gusto, a farce, a fine mess, the most unholy of cock-ups. The catalogue design puts over the idea in a Modernist form that also hints at the crazy Stalinist idealisation of the crafts and a nod to modernism, plus has a hint of a huge ‘ridiculous fairground contraption’ about it.