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Panic realism, paralysis of time and nonsense: 5 works from the Natalia Opaleva collection

Date: June 4, 2023 Time: 00:50:28

Text: Arina Extreme

20.03.23, 14:44 2023-03-20T14:44:19+03:00

Natalia Opaleva

general director of the AZ Museum, collector

“The “Parallel Universes” exhibition presents the best works from my collection. You can tell a story about each of them, because over the 50-60 years of its existence, many facts have been accumulated: how the work was created, who acquired it and how it was acquired, which collection it entered, which exhibitions. and countries that he visited, and how, finally, he came to my collection… When selecting the works for the exhibition, it was decided to make abstraction the main axis of the exhibition, because it was abstraction as a stylistic resource that it occupied the main place at the early stage of the formation of the so-called unofficial art. Many artists of the sixties went through abstraction; those who dedicated their entire lives and work to it are far fewer”.

Petr Belenok was born in 1938 in the village of Korogod, not far from Chernobyl, where the zone is now located. The artist, as if anticipating an impending catastrophe, depicted people against the background of a snowstorm, a sandstorm or a nuclear explosion. Belenok called the direction, which he himself came up with, “panic realism.” In the play “Irregularities” a person trapped in a white substance tries to get out of it, but he has nowhere to go: the world freezes around him after the apocalypse.

According to Bruskin, he is interested in time in which there is neither past nor present, but there is only one point – the “paralysis of time.” One of these works by the artist, in which time stands still, was “Germa. Cosmos” is a sculpture made of reinforced plaster and metal. It refers to the ancient Greek herms – columns crowned with a human head. But in Bruskin’s herma, the human head is equipped with antennae, locators and optical devices, which, according to the artist, shows the connection between the past and the future.

“I consider that art is a vital commodity for a person. He will hold out his hands to you when you want to throw yourself on the ground, ”said Igor Vulokh, the first avant-garde artist in Russia, who was nominated for a state prize in 1996. His work is minimalist and restrained. This “stinginess” is reflected in the names: “Landscape”, “Interior”, “Perspective”. The focus is not on the object, but on the entire perception and structure of the image.

The writer Sergei Dovlatov recalled: “Ernst spoke about his role in art. In particular, he said: “The horizontal is life. The vertical is God. At the point of intersection: me, Shakespeare and Leonardo!…” Everyone was a little stunned. And only the collector Norton Dodge commented in a low voice: “It seems that’s the way it is…”. The name of Ernst Neizvestny is familiar even to those who do not know anything about Soviet art of the late 20th century. The artist’s works, which combine symbolism and expressionism, were not recognized by the Soviet authorities. Seeing the paintings of the Unknown at the exhibition in Manezh, Nikita Khrushchev was enraged, calling such art “degenerate”. Later, the artist will create a monument to Khrushchev, which will be installed at the Novodevichy cemetery.

Erik Bulatov is traditionally considered the founder of Sots Art. The artist became famous thanks to the work “Freedom”, which combines text and image. The sky and the word “freedom”, which penetrates the canvas, are the artist’s reflection on the theme of reality and Soviet propaganda. Bulatov’s early works deserve no less attention. Pine is one of those. It was painted in 1964, when the artist had not yet come to his favorite technique – text in images.

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