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Exhibition of modern Russian graphics opens in London

May 04, 20:15 UTC+3 LONDON
The London exposition comprises the works of 22 painters, including Yuri Avvakumov, Aidan Salakhov, Georgy Ostretsov, Khaim Sokol, Shishkin-Khokusai and Maria Arendt
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'Spellbound' by Gosha Ostretsov

'Spellbound' by Gosha Ostretsov

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LONDON, May 4 /TASS/. An exhibition titled "Russian Contemporary: Drawing. No limits", which features the graphical works of more than 20 contemporary Russian painters, opened at the Pushkin House center of Russian culture on Wednesday, gallerist Lisa Savina, the project’s curator, told TASS.

"We worked on a similar project [the St. Petersburg graphics. Big format] together with curator Gleb Yershov five years ago," Savina said. "We organized one more project ‘Topical Drawing’ with the Russian museum during which the whole exhibition was put on view," Savina said.

The London exposition comprises the works of 22 painters, including Yuri Avvakumov, Aidan Salakhov, Georgy Ostretsov, Khaim Sokol, Shishkin-Khokusai and Maria Arendt. The exhibition’s organizers said that the visitors would be able to see the main directions in the development of graphical art - installations and comics; works related to architecture or pieces containing a text: cardboard houses made by Avvakumov, a founder of paper architecture; an eight-meter-high installation by Litichevsky (the Cells and the Cocoons); a monochrome fresco by Kirill Chelushkin, printed graphics by Vladimir Grig and architectural fantasies by Alyona Shapovalova made on glass.

"It seems that we have made a fairly detailed digest. Many authors - from Moscow and St. Petersburg - are taking part in the project. As the exhibition moved around the globe (it has already been shown at the Russian House of Science and Culture in Berlin), we started inviting more modern painters, who live and work abroad, to our project. Modern art is a living organism, and that is what makes it so charming," the curator went on to say.

The graphical project of Russian painters was the first in the Russian contemporary cycle. Savina explained that one of the reasons why they had selected graphical works was that they were easy to transport.

"It is important because so far no one has supported the initiative on exporting Russian art, and we are doing our best to minimize the expenses. It is impossible to create a full picture of what‘s happening in contemporary art by organizing one or two exhibitions, even if they are relatively large. We are planning to present a series of small but well formulated projects and show them in European cities," Savina concluded.

"The Russian Contemporary: Drawing. No Limits" will be open until August 3. Special demonstrations and excursions will take place as part of the Russian Art Week in June.

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