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Russian avant-garde XX-XXI

“For the avant-garde the originality is authenticity in a literal sense, it is primordial, a fresh start, and a birth.” Rosalind Krauss
The Art – Icon Gallery has presented an exhibition «L'avant-garde russe XX-XXI» which took place from 10 to 16 March, 2014 in Nest gallery in Geneva
Within one space the connoisseurs of art have been presented works which illustrate an artistic phenomenon - the “Russian avant-garde”.
What is our vision of the avant-garde art? The supporters of this movement believe that it represents a new interpretation of the classics, the search for new forms and genres, breaking stereotypes of perception, and freedom of expression. Avant-garde – is a general name of artistic trends which are characterized by the search for new, unknown, often exclusive forms and means of art reflection, the underestimation or total negation of tradition and absolutization of innovation. Born by the spiritual atmosphere of the 20th century with its grand cataclysms the avant-gardism illustrates not only contradictions between different systems and techniques of composition, but also the struggle of the philosophies. It has excelled mainly not in finished forms but in trends of displacement of traditional themes, subjects and composition principles, conventionality hypertrophy, strong (sound, color, plastic and other) expressivity. It is also characterized by destruction of objectively conditioned boundaries between types and genres.
The exhibition includes works of prominent artists of Russia whose works are kept and exhibited in many galleries, museums and collections in Russia, USA, and Europe. Each artist went his own way but together they have become the founders of the avant-garde of the ХХ-ХXI century.

Inal Savchenkov - one of the brightest representatives of the Leningrad school of the neo-expressionism which originated from the “New Artists” group in the early 1980s. The spontaneity of the artistic gesture, the romanticizing of unconscious motives of the creativity, the mythologizing of urban environment - all these features being typical for the neo-expressionism characterize I.Savchenkov. In the early 1980s he created a series of paintings in the style of urban graffiti where the “protagonists” are big-headed anthropomorphic creatures resembling characters from sinister comics but there also can be found some peaceful pigs, ground beetles and brontosaurus. The first collector of I.Savchenkov was the organizer of the “New Artists” Timur Novikov who literally saved his early works and later handed them over to the Contemporary Art Department of the Russian Museum. Since 1984 Inal has been actively participating in exhibition activities, with the commencement of perestroika his art has been epitomizing the new Soviet art and is shown in major museums of contemporary art. Since 1986 besides painting Savchenko has been engaged in animation and movies.
Participates in numerous exhibitions in Russia and abroad: 1987 “Without halo”, Gdanski Kantor sztuki, Gdansk, Poland; 1988 “New Artists”, Raab Galerie, Berlin, Germany; “40 years of unofficial art of Leningrad”, Harbour, Leningrad; “The New from Leningrad», Kulturhuset, Stockholm, Sweden; “Red Wave», Sawtel Gallery, Los Angeles, USA; 1990 “Another St. Petersburg», Musee de Art Contemporain, Martigny, Switzerland; 1997 “Red color in Art” The State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg; 1998 “New Acquisitions of the State Russian Museum» SRM, St. Petersburg; 2000, “Following the “Popular Mechanics”, “Marble Palace” SRM, St. Petersburg.
Ostap Dragomoshchenko - introduces hidden expression in his urbanistic landscapes. Works of Ostap Dragomoshchenko are in the Russian Museum in St. Petersburg, in galleries and private collections in Russia, USA and other foreign countries.
Alexey Mitin – the paintings of Alexey Mitin resemble the spirit of works of impressionists and post-impressionists. There is something Paris-like in them, some nerve and a breakdown, a poignant feeling of living in contrasts, the elegance and sadness. Alexey Mitin was born in Leningrad in 1965, graduated from the I.E. Repin Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture in 1987. Since 1991 has been a member of the CEVA. In 93-96 Alexei lived and worked in Berlin, Paris, Lyon and Hamburg. Painted urban landscapes and still lifes. Made theme exhibitions, performed ordered works. Later returned to his Homeland. Since 1998 Alexey Mitin has been taking an active part in local exhibitions of the CEVA. Combines deep passion of painting with professional activities as an employee of the State Hermitage.
One cannot but agree with an art critic Gleb Yershov ranking Alexey Mitin among the representatives of the “line of Petersburg art culture.” His works “feature a special kind of enhanced sensitivity to scrupulous selection of painting tradition where there is a space for restrained bright expressiveness and analytical curiosity and a slight melancholy cosiness.”

Dmitry Kapshivy - born in Belovo. In the tenth form participated in a student exchange program and spent a year in Alaska where at school he attended classes of photography and drawing. Studied at the Russian Academy for Foreign Trade at the same time being professionally engaged in photography. In 2010-2011 studied at the joint courses on producing Films and Television of the Graduate School of Journalism of the HSE and New York Film Academy in Moscow, received a grant for courses at NYFA in Los Angeles. In 2012 began to paint.
Dmitry is a bright representative of contemporary Russian avant-garde. He creates an unusually bright, bold and innovative works, full of fresh compositional and coloristic solutions. Through new forms and means of artistic reflection a particular vision is expressed in his works, not burdened by civilizational conventions.
As a photographer he creates interesting art works, saturating visual images with warmth and life, with their own history.
Russian Art Week in Moscow (Spring-2013) - First place in the category of Avant-garde painting.
Project “Palette” in the House of Journalists (Moscow, 2013).
The Assembly of Fine Arts in Moscow House of Artists (Moscow, 2013)
Russian Art Week in Moscow (Autumn-2013) - First place in the category of Genre painting.
“World without borders” within the week of contemporary Russian art in the Czech Republic (Prague, 2014)
“Spring Mood”, Gostiny Dvor (Moscow, 2014)
“Russian Avant-garde XX-XXI» (Geneva, 2014)

Andrey Saratov - In his work Andrey Saratov continues and creatively complements the classic 20th century Russian avant-garde, his paintings are characterized by clear, balanced composition, juicy vibrant colors, an attentive viewer will find in them constructivism, suprematism and rayonism, cubism and abstractionism. The painter’s art has a distinct national character while being traditional European painting; his works find a broad response among educated, prepared viewers.
Born in Moscow. In 1975 graduated from Architectural College. From 1979 to 1985 studied at the MHAIC (the Stroganov Academy at present). Member of the International Federation of Artists since 1990. From 1996 to 1999 he took part in the reconstruction of the Cathedral of Christ the Savior. Lives and works in Moscow. Repeated participant of exhibitions in Malaya Gruzinskaya, also took active part in the exhibition “Malaya Gruzinskaya, 28”, The Manezh, 1991. Major exhibitions: 1990, Moscow, Russia. 1991 Deventer, Netherlands. 1991 The Manezh, Moscow, Russia. 1993 Panama City, Panama. 1994 Washington, USA. 1996 Dusseldorf, Germany. 1997 Las Vegas, USA. 1998 Moscow, Russia. 1999 Moscow, Russia. 2000 Moscow, Russia. 2001 Cairo, Alexandria, Egypt. 2002 Palermo, Italy. Yekaterinburg in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, Berlin, Germany, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, Moscow, Russia. 2012 Bruges, Belgium, 2013 Beijing, China. The works of the painter are in private collections in Russia and abroad.
Russian avant-garde, Mitin, Savchenkov, Dragomoshchenko, Kapshivyy, Saratov, Geneva, Exhibition
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