October 9 — December 23
2021
TWO THIRDS
COPING WITH REALITY
The group exhibition “TWO THIRDS. COPING WITH REALITY” presents a selection of established and emerging contemporary Russian artists, living and working in St. Petersburg.

St. Peterburg, a tzarist treasure box with a long tradition of academic art, became a center of internationally acknowledged avant-garde movement in the early 20th century. The later Soviet artistic periods, such as the anti-modernist Socialist Realism and its counter-movement “unofficial” or “non-conformist art” that developed after Stalin’s death, continue to stay absent in the global art historical discourse.
NESTOR ENGELKE
NADYA KOSINSKAYA
ASYA MARAKULINA
SEMYON MOTOLYANETS
YURY SHTAPAKOV
IVAN TUZOV
LADA UCHAEVA
DMITRIY ZHERAVOV
STORY
STORY
The contemporary art scene in St. Petersburg today is in many senses a legacy of the various art groups and collectives that established in the vanguard subcultural circles. Despite the fact that the artists today are not (yet?) being persecuted or strictly censored, two thirds of their life has been passed under the "hybrid regime" balancing on the scale between democracy and authoritarianism.

The presented artists NADYA KOSINSKAYA, NESTOR ENGELKE, YURI SHTAPAKOV, IVAN TUZOV, SEMYON MOTOLYANETS, DMITRIY ZHERAVOV, LADA UCHAEVA, ASYA MARAKULINA are part of the state museum collections and appreciated by private collectors as in Russia, so abroad.

The exhibited works reflect the reality, that the artists dealing with on daily basis. Each artist has his or her own expressive language, that is reflected in the variety of materials one uses, from embroidery on satin velvet to chopped with axe wood, metal and nails.


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