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The Second Russian Avantgarde

This exhibition, subtitled Non-Conformists from the Bar-Gera Collection, brings to Slovak fine art lovers the unknown works of unofficial Soviet artists of the so-called “second Russian avant-garde” from the 1955-1988 period, a movement which opposed the then-Soviet regime. The main credo of the artists was to promote and defend their right to artistic freedom and independence even during a time of oppression.

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This exhibition, subtitled Non-Conformists from the Bar-Gera Collection, brings to Slovak fine art lovers the unknown works of unofficial Soviet artists of the so-called “second Russian avant-garde” from the 1955-1988 period, a movement which opposed the then-Soviet regime. The main credo of the artists was to promote and defend their right to artistic freedom and independence even during a time of oppression.

The display offers a selection from the private collection of Kenda and Jacob Bar-Gera, including works by Vladimir Nemuchin, Vladimir Yakovlev, Ernst Neizvestnyj, Ilja Kabakov, Erik Bulatov, Ivan Chuikov, Vladimir Yankilevsky, Franzisko Infante and others.

The exhibition opens on November 14, 2008 and lasts until February 22, 2009.

The Slovak National Gallery; Esterházy Palace at Námestie Ľ. Štúra 4; Open daily except Monday; from 090:00 to 17:00, www.sng.sk

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