"Carnival in Venise" by Vladimir Tchernyshev

"So, as was said before, barely had Stalin died, barely had the Iron Curtain raised slightly, when the sprouts of a phenomenon which was afterward called unofficial art or non-conformism, appeared on the trampled fied of our national culture. It mainly started with the gigantic exhibition of 4,500 works of contemporary art at the International Youth and Students' Festival in Moscow in 1957. The young Moscow artists saw 'live' pictures painted by masters of various new trends in art for the first time at this exhibition. And for the Moscow artists ready for independent free creativity, this meeting with world art was a catalyst that quickened the process of their finding themselves".

Alexander Glezer

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