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Exhibition April 5 − August 11, 2019

"It's time to figure it out!" Alexander Kamensky Archive

The Institute of Russian Realistic Art (IRRI) holds an exhibition of paintings by Soviet artists and historical documents “It's time to figure it out! Archive of Alexander Kamensky ".

The exhibition will include unique documents testifying to the whole epoch of the history of art of the Soviet Union, as well as the works of artists, about which Alexander Kamensky wrote. Visitors are given a unique opportunity to admire the paintings of Martiros Saryan, Mark Chagall, Sergey Konenkov, Robert Falk, Vladimir Favorsky, Alexander Labas, Andrey Goncharov, Victor Elkonin, Pavel Nikonov, Nikolai Andronov, Tahir Salahov, Victor Popkov, Alexander Sitnikov, Olha Bral, Oleg Bral, Olga Bral, Olga Balkan, Olga Popov, Alexander Sitnikov, Olga Balkan , Natalia Nesterova, Andrei Volkov, Oleg Tselkov, Anatoly Zverev and many others.

For the first time, the center of the museum project is not an artist, but a critic, art historian and publicist Alexander Abramovich Kamensky, through whose eyes the viewer has been invited to see the nearly half-century history of the country and its art.

Alexander Kamensky was at the origins of the “thaw” of art studies: he fought over the classics declared by the formalists, gave the art of the sixties a sonorous term “stern style” and became an ideologue and co-author of the concept of the famous exhibition “30 years of MOSKh” in the Manezh. The archive that remained after it is a unique collection of documents of an entire era in the artistic and political history of the art of our country, from the 1950s to the 1990s. These materials make it possible to see and understand the national art of the 20th century in a new way, both through the prism of bureaucratic correspondence and transcripts of meetings, and through unpublished articles, satires and personal letters.

Based on the official website Institute of Russian Realistic Art.