Packaging board, coloured tape, plastic and printed photographs – who would have thought that all this could be turned into a work of art! One distinctive mark of Valery Koshlyakov’s creativity is his combination of the concept of such large-scale works with these small-scale, ‘temporary’ materials. “Moscow. From the Series ‘Drawings from Postcards’” uses an unconventional technique: it is painted with bitumen. One might infer from this piece that Koshlyakov has mixed feelings about Moscow, and he has said, “Moscow is not Russia, it is a special kind of modern city with a new mentality and fresh demands, it is difficult to live in, and almost impossible to work in.” This well-known and popular modern artist lives today in Paris but continues to represent Russian contemporary art at international exhibitions. His works can be found in the Tretyakov Gallery, the Pompidou Centre, the Louvre, the Guggenheim Museum in New York, and in many private collections.