It’s not that bad, gentlemen. The main thing is not to fear, not inward. But look at the world with wide open eyes. From 14 September in Paris at the Centre Georges Pompidou, will be presented an exceptional collection of more than 250 works of Soviet and contemporary Russian artists, donated to the State Museum of contemporary art of the Vladimir Potanin Charity Foundation, and also patrons, collectors, artists and their families.
In fact, the Pompidou Center are filled with Russian artists, but only the first half of the twentieth century. There are unique works of Kandinsky, Larionov, Goncharova, Rodchenko. Presented and contemporary art. But now the Museum has been replenished with the capital. Here the whole history of painting Russia in 50 years.
In the late 50’s the work of nonconformist artists coincided with the Khrushchev thaw. The nonconformists refused the canons of socialist realism, creating their own classical language, based on the latest trends in international contemporary art and achievements of the Russian avant-garde of the early twentieth century.
The thaw was short-lived. After the closure in 1962 of the Manezh exhibition new art is unofficial and for many years loses access to the exhibition halls. In the early 70s in the USSR in the period of stagnation there is a new over — the Moscow conceptualism, combining literature, poetry, performance and visual art. Then there is for Sots-art, which works with the Soviet ideology and mass media propaganda, turning them inside out… but in restructuring top leaves underground.
At a press conference dedicated to the unique exhibit, the special presidential envoy for international cultural cooperation Mikhail Shvydkoi first of all made clear how this action is important in our difficult political situation, and stated that the transfer of the paintings to the West is not a confiscation, and especially the sale of Russian cultural heritage. No, quite the contrary. Charity world, as well as art. People, countries and Nations must try to better understand each other. That is the ultimate goal of the collection presented at the Centre Georges Pompidou.