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Assa: The last generation of the Leningrad’s avant-garde art


 From the 15th of May until the 10th of June, 2013 the Russian Academy of Fine Arts Museum hosts the exhibition “Assa: the last generation of Leningrad’s avant-garde art”. The project is dedicated to the last wave of non-official artists of Leningrad in the 1980s and the beginning of the 1990s. The exhibition features works of the art group “New Artists” (1982-1990s). The founder of the “New Artists” was one of the internationally acknowledged leaders in Leningrad's underground art - Timur Novikov. The members of the group were Ivan Sotnikov, Oleg Kotelnikov, Kirill Khazanovich, Evgeny Kozlov, Georgy Gurianov. Later, in 1983- 1985, Sergey Bugaev-Africa, Vadim Ovchinnikov, Vladislav Gutcevich, Evgeny Yufit, Victor Tsoy Oleg Maslov and Andrey Kirsanov and others also joined the group. The exhibitions organized by the “New Artists” took place in a gallery called “Assa” which was located in the Timur Novikov’s apartment. This group turned into a real movement with it's own theatre and with it's own cinematography, literature, music and “new criticism”. Later this rapid eruption of non-official art in Leningrad was positioned by art critics as one of the brightest moments in the history of Soviet art and it was compared to the Russian world famous avant-garde art of the 1910-1920s. Therefore it wasn't a surprise that in 1987 the director Sergey Solovyev created a film named “Assa”, devoted to the “New Artists”. The exhibition displays works of the “New Artists” from its creation in 1982 until the film “Assa” was launched in 1987. The main aim of this exposition is to demonstrate the role of the non-official art movement in Leningrad in the 1980s by representing it in it's cultural context (music – the “New composers”, “Pop-Mekhanika”, “Kino”; literature – “The club of friends of Vladimir Mayakovsky”, poet A. Dragomoschenko; theater – the “New theater”, theater of Goroshevsky; cinematography - “parallel cinema”, “necrorealism”). Among the highlights of the exhibition one will also find works by Boris Koshelokhov whose art as a leader of the group “Letopis”, late 1970s, had a great impact on the oeuvre of the “New Artists”. The exhibition also pays attention to the international character of the Russian non-official art of the 1980s, with Joanna Stingray, Brian Eno and John Cage visiting the USSR, exhibitions of the “New Artists” in Europe and USA and the concert tour of the “Pop-Mekhanika”.

The exhibition is organized by the Research Museum of the Russian Academy of Fine Arts together with the Institute of a New Human (Sergey Bugaev-Africa) and the Sergey Kuryokhin center of contemporary art. Communication support is provided by the:  O2 Development.

        

 

 

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