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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Guide to the Stars




Self-made provocateur Yury Grymov, having successfully evolved from car plant worker to film and advertisement maker, is now moving on to a new forum ? theater.


The missionary of a brand of ultra-modern art that is somewhere between Andy Warhol and Peter Greenway, Grymov, 33, hosted another party at the Radisson Slavjanskaya Hotel to promote his upcoming theatrical work, "Dali," about the relationship between the great Spanish artist and his Russian lover, Yelena Dyakonova. The show is set to open in September.


Written by French dramatist Levan Varazi, the play and its long-running campaign of parties and presentations mark Grymov's first step into theater production.


Ostensibly, the Dali-inspired evening, complete with decadent, bohemian-looking couples sipping wine and smoking Davidoff cigars, was organized as the public exhibition of a new collection of dolls based on the likenesses of the artist and his lovers by artists including Dima PJ and Svetlana Voskresenskaya.


But the spectators were more interested in the free food than in the exhibit. Maybe they were still hungry from last April, when, at the last Dali party, the promised food turned out to be painted on the tables.


The audience was also distracted from the dolls by the large screen at the end of the hall, upon which a film was showing a giant bird eating rats, one by one.


The picture on the screen reminded me of Grymov himself, who, like this bird, seemed ready to eat his bored guests with his usual relish.


This is how I understand Yury Grymov. Always gifted, he wanted to show his talent to the public. It was as if he was saying: "I like what I am doing; the process of creation is the most important thing for me."


"Do not be afraid of perfection, it is in Dali," reads the slogan on the red advertising poster, which features the nose and mustache of the artist. But the words "in Dali," or v Dali can also be translated as "far away." Printed in small, red letters, they drew attention to the poster's double meaning.


For all his show, Grymov is aware that he has "miles to go" before achieving perfection.