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Anatoly Zverev


Soviet Nonconformist Art from A to Z


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Dear visitors! Note that the AZ Museum will be closed from April 1 due to the exposition change.


Free Flight

June 21 – September 22, 2019
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The New Tretyakov, west wing


New step was commenced at the New Tretyakov Gallery in 2019 — the launch of the new exhibition space of the Western wing, where large international expositions are going to be held. Mainly orientated on contemporary art, the gallery is coming up with brand-new approaches in displaying artworks.

First project of this space became the exhibition Free Flight, organized with the AZ Museum of Moscow. It unified paintings, sculptures and graphic works of Soviet nonconformist artists from the AZ Museum collection with cinema masterpieces by Russian film director Andrey Tarkovsky.

The exposition was designed considering the specificity of the west wing building space and became one of the most exciting and large scale displays of works of unofficial artists.

Andrey Tarkovsky in his artistic career did not get to meet the artists displayed at the exhibit, but the artworks obviously resonate with each other. Numerous common ideas and imageries became essential for both Tarkovsky’s cinema works and nonconformist artist paintings. It gave rise to the unique phenomena — "Soviet Renaissance", a bright takeoff of the unofficial art movement.

The exposition was accompanied by the music by Johann Sebastian Bach, Krzysztof Penderecki, Nikolai Karetnikov, Eduard Artemiev and Iraida Yusupova.

The "Free Flight" project is a final part of the trilogy, partially presented by the AZ Museum earlier in 2016, 2017 and 2018 — «Foresight» (Stanislavsky Electrotheatre), «Breakthrough into the past» (New Space Theatre of Nations), New light to Solaris (Franco Zeffirelli Foundation, Florence).

Authors of the project:
CEO of the AZ Museum — Natalia Opaleva
Author and curator of the project — Polina Lobachevskaya
Art director — Gennady Sinyov
Media artist — Alexander Dolgin

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