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Exhibition

Two Avant-gardes?! Rhymes

September 12 - November 20, 2019
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Ivanovo Regional Art Museum, Ivanovo, Lenin Avenue, 33

Exhibition

“…And all of you paint like this,
Paint like Malevich,
Go paint,
Do not give in,
Timofeich…”
("Treatise on Painting" by A. Zverev, 1960)

Exhibition project dedicated to the festival of contemporary art in Ivanovo, paradoxically combines the masterpieces of the avant-garde of 1910s-1920s from the Ivanovo Art Museum's collection (I. Mashkov, O. Rozanova, A. Exter, B. Shaposhnikov, D. Shterenberg) and the best works of non-official artists of the second half of the XX century (A. Zverev, O. Rabin, D. Krasnopevtsev, V. Nemukhin, L. Masterkova, etc.). These are more than 30 works of the "Soviet Renaissance" period from the collection of the AZ Museum and its founder Natalia Opaleva.

The question mark in the title instigates a controversy, indicates a controversial nature of the project: is it legitimate to talk about the" second avant-garde" of the 1960s-1970s? What criteria determine the avant-garde nature of this or that work?

Starting with the apparent echoes at the level of plots and motives (each of the exhibition halls has a thematic name - "Bouquet", "Jack or Ace?", "Herring", "Color Construction", etc.), the curatorial idea suggests to indicate the general spiritual foundations of artistic innovations of the early XX century and the search for a new plastic language in the "thaw" era.

Today, all these bold, radical experiments turned into the global classics of the museums – and this is another paradox of the avant-garde.

Is there any avant-garde in the XXI century? The question is still open. Works of the media-artist Platon Infante, displayed at the project "Game" of the AZ Museum (2017) for the first time may serve as the answer to this question.

The exhibition goes far beyond the boundaries of the declared subject actively comprising a series of the Ivanovo propaganda drapery, futuristic poems of the 1910s-1920s and the excerpts from the Anatoly Zverev's "Treatise on Painting" (1960) echoing with them.

Idea and development of the project: 
General producer Natalia Opaleva 
Curator Sergey Solovyov 
Coordinator Irina Golubeva 

Organizers of the exhibition express their sincere gratitude to the Manege Exhibition Association, and personally to Irina Tolpina, for the provision of exhibits for the display. We are very grateful to the Ivanovo State Museum of Regional Study and History for the right to use the images of propaganda cotton prints.

For the schedule of the events, please visit: http://firstavantgarde.ru/

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