The artistic heritage and the importance of the artists of 1960-70-ies in the history of art and national culture is hard to be overestimated, and every year the scale of this phenomenon is becoming more tangible.
In the 1960s, new themes appeared in art, resonating to literature and drama – the themes of reflection of the truth of life of the Russian province and common people. New characters appeared – geologists, builders, workers. Glorification of everyday life has become a common leitmotif of the artists of sixties.
“Severe style” of the artists of sixties gave way in the next decade to the polystylistics of seventies artists, for whom a dialogue with traditions and diversity of artistic languages of ancient Russian art, art culture of medieval Europe, the art of the primitive was important.
The exhibition in the “Burganov House” museum presents the works by one of the brightest representatives of art of 1960-70-ies – an outstanding Russian artist Alexander Burganov. In the compositions “Farewell. Volunteers”, “Young Family”, “Mother” harsh new world of ideals is represented by nameless heroes of modern times. They are all united by the theme of Deisis before time and destiny. An iconic work of this period, created by the artist in search for new expressive means for the image of space and landscape – “House”. The sculptor managed to create a “portrait” of the epoch symbol – “Khrushchevka” – a typical panel house. Here he applied for the first time new compositional technique “grid”, which developed later, in especially popular in the second half of the twentieth century lattice structures.
In the easel works – “Girl with chicken”, “Girl from Vologda”, “Old worker”, “Orans” – clearly manifested the characteristic for the 1970s theme of Russian cultural tradition, implemented with new plastic language by Alexander Burganov. In a generalized symbolic female figure of the composition “The Village. Spring” can be guessed the silhouette of the Virgin with prayerfully uplifted hands. On her breasts stretched rural landscape – house, arable land, grazing horses, resting farmer. The village, lying on the breast of the Virgin-Orans, looks from an unusual angle – from the “bird’s eye” – from space. Time and space are parted and became endless.
The exhibition runs from 10 October to 31 December 2016.