Russian underground culture to be discussed in Baku

24 October 2018 14:29 (UTC+04:00)

By Laman Ismayilova

YARAT Contemporary Art Space invites you to take part in discussion with the Russian art critic, specialist in contemporary art of the second half of the 20th – early 21st century, Leonid Bazhanov.

The meeting with the Russian expert will be held at the 20th-21st Century Azerbaijani Painting Museum on November 1.

The Russian expert will talk about the formation of the Russian underground culture of the 60s-80s, new influences and moving away from social realism. Another feature that distinguishes Soviet art of the 60s and 80s is the flourishing of national painting schools, each of which has its own distinctive foundation.

The event will be held as part of the "Art Chronic – a series of meetings with leading international art critics, timed to the exhibition "Labour, Leisure and Dreams: 1960-1980s through the eyes of Azerbaijani masters'".

Leonid Bazhanov studied painting in the studio of Boris Birger. He graduated from Lomonosov Moscow State University in 1973, with a degree in history of art. Bazhanov is the author of numerous articles, curator of many art exhibitions in Russia and abroad. He also curated Russian national projects at international biennials and triennials in Venice, Sao Paulo, Istanbul, Cairo and New Delhi.

Bazhanov is an author and director of short films. Founder and creative director of creative association "The Hermitage" (Moscow, 1986), Centre of contemporary art (Moscow, 1990), National centre for contemporary art (Russia, 1992), “New art” charity foundation (Moscow, 2002).

Since 2017, Leonid Bazhanov is the academic director of "Contemporary Art" program and professor of the National Research University Higher School of Economics in Moscow.
The event will be held in Russian. Admission is free

The meeting starts at 19:00.

The Museum of 20th-21st Century Azerbaijani Painting was founded by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation.

It presents works by both prominent and lesser-known Azerbaijani painters from State Collections, such as the National Picture Gallery and the Museum of Modern Art. From 2018 onwards YARAT was commissioned to present a series of exhibitions with the works from the collection and to organize a public programme of events running throughout the year.

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Laman Ismayilova  is AzerNews’ staff journalist, follow her on Twitter: @Lam_Ismayilova

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