Ilya Kagan "The artist and his model"
|Alexander Glaeser, one of the first ideologists of non-conformist art and
the inexhaustible organiser of non-official art exhibitions in Moscow, emigrated
to the West in 1975. With him he brought an extraordinary collection of
his friends works which he and Chemiakine used to form the base the, "L'Art
Russe Contemporain" exhibition which they organised together at Paris' Palais
des Congres in 1976. Eugene Ionesco wrote the preface to the catalogue.
Suddenly the West began to discover that in the land of "triumphant socialism"
and Socialist Realism, there was an underground movement of modern artistic
expression which could be considered contemporary, relevant and although
radically different to its Western couterparts, important to the history
of art in the 20th century.|
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