The exhibition presents to the audience the first large-scale retrospective of one of the most prominent representatives of the Soviet underground, Eliy Mikhailovich Belyutin. The exhibition presents the works of the master related to different periods of his work. In them, you can find interesting plastic solutions in graphic works and bold color experiments in paintings. The viewer reveals the artist's search from the art of abstract expressionism of the early years to the schematic writing of the late period, free from conventions.
Eliy (Elegies) Belyutin (1925-2012) is an innovative artist, art critic, author of articles, teacher, poet, legendary and ambiguous personality. In the artist's biography, there are many blank spots and contradictory information: his life is shrouded in legends and rumors of a very different kind. The outstanding master of the second half of the twentieth century for many years, up to 1989, remained little known to a wide Soviet audience, but at the same time was recognized abroad. Eliy Mikhailovich is one of the most independent and original artists among the Russian avant-garde. He became the ancestor and ideological inspirer of the whole direction of the visual arts of the Soviet period, having founded the school-studio "New Reality". It is she who becomes an alternative to the official art of the Soviet state, which brought together more than two hundred students and their followers.