Gaiety is the Most Outstanding Feature of the Soviet Union
Opens: 21/11/2012 Closes: 09/06/2013 The Saatchi Gallery, LondonThe Saatchi likes big displays of new art from overseas – think China and Germany recently. How good they are as true snapshots of national output is perhaps uncertain, but it's easier to get to Sloane Square than Moscow, at least. Titled after a 1935 speech by Stalin, this includes Boris Mikailhov's harrowing photographs and Janis Avotinš' creepy greyscale paintings. For more information visit: http://www.saatchi-gallery.co.uk/artists/russia/ Buy: http://www.saatchi-gallery.co.uk/visitor/visitor.htm Watch:
New Statesman“The highlight, undoubtedly, are the numerous excellent photographers...” Saatchi has demonstrably landed on a winning formula, and many will be pleased he hasn’t detracted from it here. Once again, his gallery is filled with attention-seeking abstract paintings and over-sized sculptures...
Time Out“I'd rather see what's coming next, not what's gone before...” Again with these area-specific global snapshots of current art, Saatchi somehow manages to be ahead of the game and yet lagging miles behind...
The Observer“A powerful and compelling exhibition...” There is a sustained air of urgency, a sense of work made to reveal or expose, that has society in its sights, that cannot help but speak of the way it is to live now in modern Russia...
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