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The Non-Conformists

The History of a Russian Collection

Edited by Silvana Editoriale


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  • A selection of works from fifty artists showcasing the different currents of non-conformist art in the former U.S.S.R and Russia
  • Accompanies an exhibition at Le MOCO, Montpellier from 13th November 2019 to 2nd February 2020
Full Description

Paintings, installations, sculptures and photographs from around fifty artists compose a chronological course of the different currents of non-conformist art in the former U.S.S.R and Russia.

The Tretyakov Collection was created between 1983 and 2008 on the initiative of Russian art critic Andrei Erofeev to create a museum of the history of art mavericks in Moscow, as no Soviet institution was interested in the avant-garde. Originally composed of more than 5000 pieces, a selection of this collection eventually became part of the Tretyakov National Gallery, making it the first institution to house a department of Russian contemporary art.

The exhibition thus allows a new dive in to this ‘Underground’ of the years 1960-2000. Each chapter brings together artists from the same movement and highlights their affinity with Tachism, kinetic art, Pop Art, conceptual art, or performance.

The composition of the collection, revealing the sometimes-complex relationships between artists, official art of the Soviet era and institutions, will be evoked by historical documents, chronological friezes and an educational program.

Text in English and French.

11th Dec 2019
Paperback / softback
UK, Ireland, Scandinavia, Iceland, Germany, Eastern Europe, & Austria. Arab States non-exclusive
270 mm x 210 mm
192 Pages
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