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Press Release | Sergei Tchoban: Bridges & Spires Drawing Reflections on Past and Future

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Sergei Tchoban: Bridges & Spires

Drawing Reflections on Past and Future

InCITE Gallery, Bangalore, India

June 26-July 10, 2016


German-Russian architect, artist, and collector Sergei Tchoban’s new exhibition Bridges & Spires: Reflections on Past and Future presents over 60 large format drawings and watercolors of existing and imaginary structures and ruins, as well as futuristic fantasies of context and gravity defying urban pasts and futures. The exhibition gathers Tchoban’s diverse oeuvre of drawings – from his travels throughout Europe, America, and Asia to urban fantasies that inhabit imaginary underwater canals in St. Petersburg and Venice, and the skies over Berlin and New York. The drawings on view, which span from 1983 to 2016, many exhibited for the first time, present the artist’s continuous pursuit, which is independent of his professional practice.


Sergei Tchoban (b. 1962 in St. Petersburg, Russia) received his education at the Repin Institute for Painting, Sculpture and Architecture in St. Petersburg, graduating in 1986. He moved to Germany in 1992 and since 2003, he is the managing partner at nps tchoban voss in Berlin. Parallel to his practice in Germany, in 2006, together with Sergei Kuznetsov, Tchoban co-founded SPEECH, an architectural office in Moscow. In 2009, the Tchoban Foundation was initiated in Berlin to celebrate the lost art of drawing through exhibitions and publications. The Foundation’s Museum for Architectural Drawing was built in Berlin in 2013 to Tchoban’s design.


The architect has built residential, office, commercial, and sports complexes throughout Germany, Russia, and Eastern Europe, including the AquaDom commercial complex in Berlin (2004), Palace of Water Sports in Kazan, Russia (2012), the Multi-Media Center for the Olympic Games 2014 in Sochi, and Russia’s Milan Expo 2015 Pavilion. Tchoban was the curator of the Russian Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2010 and 2012 (Special Mention). Together with his partner Sergei Kuznetsov, he was Russia’s Architect of the Year in 2012.


Vladimir Belogolovsky, curator and exhibition designer



Sergei Tchoban's work is exclusively represented by Roberto Polo Gallery.