The exhibition considers an artistic axis of two cities of eastern and western continents representing Russian artists living or working in these largest art capitals, and creating with their art an international context and distinctive intellectual plastic Russian "rhyme" in the international art community. It draws from the Kolodzei Collection of Russian and Eastern European Art, one of world's largest private collections, with over 7,000 pieces by more than 300 artists from Russia and the former Soviet Union, chronicling four decades of nonconformist art from the post-Stalinist era to the present.
The Kolodzei Collection, founded by Tatiana Kolodzei in Moscow during the height of the Cold War and continued today with her daughter, Natalia.
The Kolodzei Collection belongs to the major current of Russian alternative culture, born underground, expressed by an oppositional idea to the situation of the "closed" society during Soviet times. To collect art in the 1960s in the Soviet Union demanded not only a sharp feeling of history, but also great courage. It turned to original alternative independent art movements in aesthetic forms. Tatiana Kolodzei managed to unite in the Kolodzei Collection the best names of the Russian independent visual culture, including Petr Belenok, Eric Bulatov, Oleg Vassiliev, Rimma Gerlovina and Valeriy Gerlovin, Ilya Kabakov, Vitaly Komar and Alex Melamid, Dmitri Krasnopevtsev, Vladimir Nemukhin, Dmitri Plavinsky, Oscar Rabin, Mikhail Shvartsman, Eduard Shteinberg, and Vladimir Yankilevsky.
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