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Parallel Universes. New Exhibition in Saint Petersburg

Exhibition “Parallel Universes. Abstraction to Artifact”, featuring the highlights from the collection of Natalia Opaleva, opens in Saint Petersburg.

The State Russian Museum of Saint Petersburg is opening the exhibition project “Parallel Universes. Abstraction to Artifact”, displaying works by 36 artists of the 2nd half of the 20th century from the assembly of Natalia Opaleva, famous collector and the CEO of the AZ Museum (Museum of Anatoly Zverev). More than 200 paintings and graphic works of the underground artists of the 1960s – 1980s will be displayed at the Marble Palace: works by Anatoly Zverev, Dmitriy Plavinskiy, Dmitriy Krasnopevtsev, Oleg Tselkov, Lidia Masterkova, Ernst Neizvestniy and others.

The collection of Natalia Opaleva started as a mono assembly with artworks by Anatoly Zverev. Though today, as 20 years have passed, it consists of more than 2,5 thousand art pieces not only by Moscow unofficial artists, but by famous Leningrad artists as well — Eugeniy Mikhnov-Voytenko, Eugeniy Rukhin, Gleb Bogomolov, Vladimir Sterligov.

The title of the exhibition “Parallel Universes. Abstraction to Artifact” sets the exposition vector. Plastic solution of the space, designed by Anatoly Golyshev, reproduces the image of an ark with art pieces, sailing by the visionary Milky Way. The axis of the construction is composed by seven exhibition halls that feature the finest art pieces from the collection. The exposition merges with the media installations by Platon Infante , music by the Avant-guard composer Nikolay Karetnikov and a documentary about the “Thaw” epoch (filmed by the AZ Museum).

The collection of Natalia Opaleva is considered to be one of the most significant in contemporary Russia. It was masterfully presented at the Franco Zeffirelli Foundation (2018) in Florence and at the West wing of the New Tretyakov (2019).

Authors of the project
AZ Museum:
CEO of the AZ Museum Natalia Opaleva
Art director of the exhibition Anatoly Golyshev
Media artist Platon Infante
Project coordinator Natalia Volkova

Russian Museum:
President of the Russian Museum Vladimir Gusev
Deputy director of the Russian Museum Evgenia Petrova
Head of the Russian Museum Department of the Newest Artistic Directions Alexander Borovsky
Head of the Russian Museum Department of Exhibition Design Marina Dynay
Specialist of the Russian Museum Publishing Department Alina Matveeva

March 3 - May 29, 2023
The Russian Museum, The Marble Palace

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