Alexander Ponomarev


Steel, ceramic, glass, sand

4.3 m x 16.7 m x 2.5 m


The pyramids are connected to the cosmos where the globe of the earth flies and where the River Kronos closes in the Okeanos and the serpent Ouroboros consumes its tail!

After the discovery of blood circulation by William Harvey in 1628 — and within each person the river of time closes — it is the blood that gives rise to the idea of a substance that turns within itself. Water, the blood of the planet that makes up Okeanos, circulates everywhere.

‘The serpent, called Okeanos or Kronos, which surrounds us from all sides, is the image and guarantee of the psychological existence of man. As Jung has repeatedly pointed out, we are in the cocoon of the soul, the psyche that surrounds us on all sides, and this is the nature of what encloses us — the nature of the soul. The same idea is well known in antiquity. When Pythagoras was asked who the serpent Cronus was, he replied — the psyche of the universe.‘


— Wolfgang Giegerich


Alexander Ponomarev (b. 1957, Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine, USSR) graduated from the Art School of Orel in 1973 and from the Nautical Engineering College in Odessa in 1979.


He spent years as a sailing crew officer on different ships of the Russian Navy before embarking on a career as an artist.

Over the past thirty years, he has staged over a hundred art projects, exhibitions, and events, many of which took place in the oceans and deserts of the world such as the Arctic Ocean, the Antarctic, and the Sahara. In 2007, he represented Russia at the 52nd Venice Biennale of Contemporary Art. In 2009, he docked his artistic submarine at Ca’ Foscari University on the Grand Canal as a project of the 53rd Venice Biennale. Since 2000, he has taken part in a number of expeditions to the Antarctic and the Arctic aboard scientific research vessels of the Russian Academy of Sciences. He is credited with the idea of holding a contemporary art biennale in the Antarctic and with the first supranational pavilion of the Antarctic in Venice. In 2014, Foreign Policy magazine named him among the top global thinkers, and 24 in 2017, the first ever Antarctic Biennale of Contemporary Art sailed off under the patronage of UNESCO on the research vessel Akademik Sergei Vavilov with Ponomarev as commissar.


He is a member of the Russian Academy of Arts and was awarded Officier des arts et des lettres by the French Ministry of Culture. His works are in the world's leading private and public art collections.