ack in the 1950s, an Italian with a great passion for Russia began collecting the art of painters who ran counter to the dictates of socialist realism. Since then, Alberto Sandretti has never stopped and today his rich collection, whose contemporary Russian art section alone counts more than 1500 works, is housed at the Mart. The presence of this interesting collection in the Museum has suggested new areas of research, in particular as regards the study of cultural relations between Italy and Russia during the 20th century.
The ART AGAINST. Research in Russian art since 1950 exhibition is the result of two years of study and cataloguing of the Collection.
The exhibition revolves around an important nucleus of so-called non-conformist works of art, all produced from the late 1950s onwards.
These were years in which, coinciding with a brief thaw in the internal political scene in the USSR, a wide-ranging group of painters and sculptors sought an artistic language free of the regime’s dogma. Borrowing from the heritage handed down by the Russian avant-garde, but also from Western experiences, artists such as Boris Svesnikov, Vladimir Nemuchin, Oskar Rabin and Ulo Sooster, were able to express a personal creative autonomy.
Curator: Alexandra Obukhova
Technical curator and catalogue editor: Elisabetta Barisoni