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Anatoly Zverev


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AZ Museum Launches the Zverev Art Prize

The Zverev Art Prize aims to support and promote a wide range of modern art — from painting, sculpture and graphic works to street art and new media. The prize honors the 90th birthday of the artist Anatoly Zverev (1931–1986), and was established by the creators of the AZ Museum — the CEO of the Museum Natalia Opaleva and the art-director Polina Lobachevskaya.

We welcome artists who work in a variety of media from any country in the world to connect with Zverev's art and engage in an artistic dialogue with him. As a start of that dialogue, we would like to invoke the epigraph which opens Anatoly Zverev's autobiography:

"Art is free, life is constrained", — that is what Eugene Lanceray, a member of the Russian artistic movement "World of Art" stated. Zverev made this the overarching principle of his life: a true artist is always breaking the manacles imposed by various regimes. Anatoly Zverev was utterly free, beyond any regulations and orders issued by political and societal systems. The artist tore up traditions and searched uncompromisingly for new forms with an eye to the future. That is the kind of energy and vision that we appreciate most in contemporary artists.

You can participate in the contest by filling out the application form on the website within the specified time limit. Only artworks and projects created specially for the Zverev Art Prize, never been displayed before and correlated with its topic, are accepted. The jury will consider all submitted applications and select a shortlist of artists. Nominees' works will be displayed at the exhibition in the AZ Museum. During the course of the exhibition, winners of the Prize will be announced.

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