Past Events & Exhibitions


Bureau works internationally with represented and invited artists at varying career stages to provide a platform and context for dynamic and innovative contemporary visual practice. The gallery premieres and commissions new work across a variety of media and presentation formats, both on and off site. Bureau’s exhibition programme is complemented by screenings, talks and performance events, alongside international collaborations, exchange and residency projects. The gallery further supports artists’ practice through publishing initiatives, and participation in art fairs.

The archive below lists all previous exhibitions and events.


Events & Exhibitions

Lobachevsky's Dream // Yelena Popova


 Image: Untitled, 2012 © Yelena Popova. (Oil on canvas, 122 x 183cm)



Bureau is pleased to announce Lobachevsky's Dream, a solo exhibition of works by Yelena Popova.


Yelena Popova works across a range of media, incorporating painting, installation, and video, in a practice that is underpinned by an interest in the concept of balance, discordant and harmonious. For Lobachevsky's Dream, Popova continues to engage with the materiality of painting, which is central to her practice, in conjunction with ideas of installation and display.


Her paintings have a graphic quality, featuring elliptical curves and repeated, rhythmic shapes, recalling the aesthetics of both Russian Constructivism and Minimalism. As abstraction they have an immediate tie to the twentieth century history of abstract painting. Yet Popova moves beyond the confines of this specific historic legacy, producing works that have the ability to speak and connect meaningfully to painting’s past and to the present.


These works stress ‘material-specificity’, the material and visual qualities of painting expressed through delicacy of touch, and thin gradients of pale colour that often reveal the grain of their linen surfaces. The paintings function both as individual pieces of varying scale, and collectively, through ‘balanced’ installations within which she aims to create complex networks of facts, fictions, emotions, gestures, materials and images. Lobachevsky's Dream presents one such ‘network’ (or formation), creating an experiential sensory flow rather than a clear narrative trajectory, as softened geometric forms, undulating waves, arcs and helices, appear in swathes of subdued and semi-opaque colour.


An interest in the different spatial arrangements between art presented in museums, national collections, and contemporary art spaces also comes into play through the way in which Popova installs the work. Precariously arranged on each other or held in place with makeshift supports and hanging devices, the paintings convey a sense of tension, and of harmonious interconnectedness. The installation becomes a device to tackle both the status of painting and its value as object.




Yelena Popova (b. 1978, Urals, Russia) is currently based in Nottingham and graduated from MA Painting at the Royal College of Art in 2011. Recent solo exhibitions include: The Portrait Gallery, Cole, London (2013); Portrait Gallery Withdrawn, as part of Abstract Possible, Eastside Projects, Birmingham; Olympic Throw, Zabludowicz Collection ‘Invites’, London; and Unnamed, Figge Von Rosen Gallery, Berlin (2012).


Recent group exhibitions include: The Futures Of The Past: Annette Amberg, Asier Mendizabal, Yelena Popova, Kunst Raum Riehen, Basel; Out Of This World, Syson, Nottingham; Group Show, Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles (2013); Gaiety Is The Most Outstanding Feature Of The Soviet Union, Saatchi Gallery, London; Red Mansion Prize, Royal Academy, London; Twofold, Outpost Gallery, Norwich (2012); Bloomberg New Contemporaries, ICA, London and S1, Sheffield; The Bookmark Project, Nottingham Contemporary; Keeps Dorrs and Passages Clear, White Columns, New York (2011); and Ztime, Era Foundation, Young Artists Biennale, Moscow (2010).


Ossian Ward’s review for Time Out, of the recent Saatchi Gallery exhibition Gaiety Is The Most Outstanding Feature Of The Soviet Union, asserted that: balancing historical reference and the future of picture making, Yelena Popova is one of the best young painters working in Britain right now.” Popova has works in the Royal College of Art permanent collection, Saatchi Collection, Zabludowicz Collection, London, and a number of international private collections. //


3 Hardman Square is owned by Credit Suisse Asset Management (EuroReal Fund), advised by Müller International. Designed by Foster and Partners, with a newly refurbished foyer designed by AEW Architects, it is one of Manchester’s prime city centre properties located at the heart of the acclaimed Spinningfields business district. Bureau is pleased to be working with CBRE and Müller International at 3 Hardman Square in an innovative arts and business partnership to support Art in Manchester. // //


 Yelena Popova Studio Photo, 2013


04 July 2013 to 06 September 2013