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«ART IN QUOTATION MARKS. THE KNOWLEDGE ABOUT CONTEMPORARY ART IN SOVIET MASS MAGAZINES OF THE 1950s ? EARLY 1960s.» ©
Sverdlovsk Regional Belinsky Library
THE END OF THE INDUSTRIAL ART
Curator: Marina Dashevskaya (Yekaterinburg)
The core of the project is the collection of etchings dedicated to the Ural Chemical Machine-Building Plant created by Valentin Novichenko in the 1980s. Valentin Novichenko (1927-2010) was a well-known Ural graphic artist. In 1953-1960 he worked as a graphic designer at the Ural Chemical Machine-Building Plant. Novichenko is a child of his epoch, his creative work is a most important illustration and human document of the epoch of late Socialism when people believed that they do the right thing and their life, filled with everyday work at the plant, is worthy of becoming the subject for art, captured in a painting or a film. These etchings constitute the memory of a vanishing civilization which name gives rise to so many controversies: Soviet? Industrial? Fordist?
13.09 ? 22.10.2012