Aljoscha’s Bioism, a Special Feature of TEFAF Creative Spaces

Join a conversation with the artist to discuss his monumental installation at the fair with Beck & Eggeling

TEFAF Meet the Experts

TUESDAY, MAY 14, 2024

3:00PM - 3:30PM EDT

Registration is recommended to stay informed about the talks and free to TEFAF New York ticket holders. Seats are allocated on a first come, first serve basis. 


TEFAF’s Meet the Experts programs celebrate the expertise of our world-renowned exhibitors, spotlighting exceptional objects and the stories they tell. Explore Aljoscha’s super-organisms that are an ongoing testament to the mutations and their beauty.

The work of Ukrainian artist Aljoscha is recognizable by large scale conceptual installations that explore the creation of novel super-organisms, envisioning a future where the abolition of suffering leads to blissful deviations through bioengineering. Aljoscha’s Bioism is an idea of the necessity to compose, to create new non-suffering life worlds from scratch, not to describe something already existing in nature. Bioism aspires to disseminate new, limitless life forms throughout the universe.

The installation “Phylogenetic Utopias – Bioism Engineering of the Ethical Bliss” offers transcendental immersion in the artist’s translucent and delicately colored synthetic organic forms, inviting to reflect on phylogenetic origins of human eudaimonia and upcoming paradise engineering alongside with bioethics, a field of research that studies the complex moral, social, and legal problems raised by developments in current life sciences.

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Michael Beck completed studies in art history in London after being with Galerie Utermann and Galerie Thomas. He opened his own gallery in 1994 and was joined by Ute Eggeling a year later to found Beck & Eggeling. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Fondazione Braglia, Lugano, and Chairman of the Olaf Gulbransson Gesellschaft Tegernsee.

Aljoscha, born in Ukraine, was a guest student at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf with Prof. Konrad Klapheck from 2001 to 2002 and studied with Shirin Neshat at the Internationale Sommerakademie für Bildende Kunst Salzburg in 2006. In 2008 he received the 1st prize in sculpture at the XXXV. Premio Bancaja, Valencia, Spain and in 2009 the sculpture prize »Schlosspark 2009« in Cologne. In 2010, he realized the installation project »bioism uprooting populus«, which was sponsored by the Karin Abt-Straubinger Stiftung in Stuttgart. In November 2018, Aljosha represented the Ukraine in the »1914/1918 – Not Then, Not Now, Not Ever« at the German Bundestag, which commemorated the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. His works are represented in numerous private collections and museums, including the Getty Center LA, the Kupferstichkabinett Berlin, and the State Museum of Contemporary Art in Thessaloniki.

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Aljoscha, TEFAF New York Spring 2019. Photo: Mark Niedermann