The Harriman Institute is presenting Perestroika + 20: Selections from the Kolodzei Collection of Russian and Eastern European Art, an exhibition featuring works by contemporary Russian artists.
The works chronicle Russian culture over the past 20 years and represent a wide range of artistic trends as diverse as Russia itself. These paintings, sculptures, and digital works, are executed in traditional and contemporary artistic techniques and reflect Russian art's creative variety.
Many of the contemporary artists now on view in the Guggenheim's Russia! exhibit are also represented in Perestroika + 20 , including Komar and Melamid, Eric Bulatov, Oleg Vassiliev, Natalia Nesterova, Tatyana Nazarenko, Eduard Shteinberg, and Vladimir Nemukhin.
Perestroika + 20 comprises works created since 1986 and explores current Russian artistic ideas and trends from artists who began their careers during Khrushchev's "thaw" of the late 1950s and participated in the first unofficial exhibitions. It also includes works by younger artists who began working during perestroika (late 1980's) and the post-perestroika periods. The selected works showcase the diversity of contemporary and modern Russian art. Featured artists include: Farid Bogdalov, Dmitry Gerrman, Vladimir Kanevsky, Alexander Kozhin, Alexander Ney, Olge Slepov, Leonid Borisov, Olga Bulgakova, Marina Karpova, Marina Kolotvina, Valentina Lebedeva, Tatiana Levitskaia, Valerii Pianov, Alexander Sitnikov, and Vladimir Ovchinnikov.
The Kolodzei Art Foundation organizes nonprofit exhibitions in museums and cultural centers in the United States, Russia, and others countries, and provides art supplies to Russian artists, and coordinates Russian-American cultural exchanges. The collection chronicles more than four decades of Russian and Soviet non-conformist art from the post-Stalin era to the present.
Perestroika + 20 is on display through January 6 at the Harriman Institute, on the 12 th floor of the International Affairs Building (420 W. 118 th Street) and the 4 th floor display cases near the 118 th Street entrance of the International Affairs Building.