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Exhibition November 6, 2019 − January 27, 2020

Boris Smotrov. Way to the forefront

Erarta Museum of Modern Art presents an exhibition“Boris Smotrov. Way to the forefront ».

The exhibition includes paintings by a recognized author, constantly developing and refining his style.

The work of Boris Smotrov, belonging to the generation of the sixties, is somewhat different from the standards of the second Russian avant-garde - a unique artistic phenomenon, which was based on the formal, plastic and coloristic discoveries of artists of the early twentieth century. Abstracting from the current time and creating a universal bucolic space, the author follows his own path: exploring the folk carnival culture, he seems to be trying to find a certain visual code of Russianness. The images of peasants and village landscapes created by him are full of enthusiasm and painted in a bright decorative manner, emphasized by a conditional futuristic accent. This is a kind of theater, the style of which you gradually begin to understand and accept: symbols and images of Russian culture are so famously involved in it - from Venetsianov to Kustodiev, from icon painting to Malevich, the forgotten energy of folk festivals is so actively spread. The joyful pictorial utopia created by the author draws the viewer into a peculiar game built on recognizing and searching for parallels in the associative field of culture. We look at either a telescope or a kaleidoscope - and we see a tale of a golden age.

Based on the official websiteErarta Museum of Contemporary Art.