Boris Smotrov. Pathway to Avant-Garde

Open 12:00 - 22:00. Fri, Sat 12:00 - 23:00.       VO, 29-ya liniya 2
Boris Smotrov’s artistic journey began in the 1960s — the years of a cultural and economic boom, the time of great expectations and achievements, and, not least important, the period when the legacy of the early 20th century Russian avant-garde came to be truly appreciated. It is now a statistical fact that, of all the times in the history of the Russian art spanning over a millennium, the avant-garde achieved the greatest international recognition. In Boris Smotrov’s formative years this movement was not just an awe-inspiring and inspirational discovery, but a valid alternative to Socialist realism and all the dominant and inveterate Soviet art. Young artists yearned to go ‘back to the future’, return to the avant-garde practices and pick up the baton of modern art whose advancement was interrupted by the totalitarian regime. This gave rise to the unique phenomenon of the second Russian avant-garde which, although initially belonging to unofficial non-conformist art, did not, unlike Sots Art, have any political agenda, focusing instead on the metaphysics of the artistic form and searching for an expressive visual language based on the formal, figurative and colouristic findings of the early-20th-century artists.



Open 12:00 - 22:00. Fri, Sat 12:00 - 23:00. Nov 6 2019 - Jan 27 2020
VO, 29-ya liniya 2
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