Moscow Grafika

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On view: September 13 - October 22, 2004
Selections from: The Kolodzei Collection of Russian and Eastern European Art

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Moscow Grafika represents several generations of non-conformist and independent artists, beginning with the Soviet non-conformist artists who emerged during the post-Stalin “thaw” of the 1950’s, championing an alternative to Socialist Realism. In an atmosphere of spiritual awakening, new hope for freedom in the arts appeared. Khrushchev’s denunciation of Stalin in his “secret speech” in 1956, the return of political prisoners, and the easing of aesthetic restraints during the 60’s and 70’s provided an environment that encouraged artistic creativity.

Works in Moscow Grafika included prints by artists who began their careers during the “thaw” and took part in the first unofficial exhibitions, artists who began working in the perestroika (late 1980’s) and the post-perestroika periods, and artists who entered the scene during the post-Soviet years.