SOVIET ART FAIR IN MOSCOW

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MOSCOW, December 7 (RIA Novosti) - The fair "Fifty years of soviet art. 1920s-1970s" will be running in Moscow's Central House of Artists on December 11-19, reports the web site www.russianculture.ru.

The fair presents Soviet artists who worked in the hard period of Russian history covering the formation of the Soviet Union, the Great Patriotic War, the Khrushchev thaw and Brezhnev stagnation. The change of political constructions and ideological priorities influenced the formation of the official style and various opposition trends. As a result, the Soviet art phenomenon is not only the ideological socialist realism but also the so-called 'underground art' and the 'third trend' which ignored political aspects.

Many collectors are highly interested in the works by Soviet artists. The time of weighed attitude to the heritage of the Soviet epoch came after the socio-political changes and active revision of history. Some works of art are interesting merely as documents of the epoch and others boast a good artistic quality. At any rate, this varied art may be regarded as an independent layer of culture, with its own admirers and collectors.

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