The AZ Museum opened the exhibition “Zverev/Mikhnov-Voitenko. A second multiplied by eternity” is a museum project with the participation of the pop/off/art gallery, dedicated to the Moscow artist Anatoly Zverev and Evgeny Mikhnov-Voitenko, an artist from Leningrad.
The exhibition presents more than 100 works by Anatoly Zverev and Evgeny Mikhnov-Voitenko from the collection of the AZ Museum, the Russian Museum, the New Museum of Aslan Chekhoev and private collections in Moscow and St. Petersburg.
Two heroes of the exhibition - Anatoly Zverev and Evgeny Mikhnov-Voitenko - are bright characters in the unofficial cultural life of two capitals - Moscow and Leningrad. Unknown to each other, Zverev and Mikhnov lived a colorful life, leaving an important mark in the history of Soviet unofficial art.
The creative path of the outcasts of official culture and the life circumstances of the two artists were indeed similar, but they were also united by the visual experiments of the Thaw period and the freedom of artistic gesture. The bright period of creativity of Mikhnov and Zverev - the 1956-60s - it was during this time that both authors formed their artistic language, but without ceasing to transform it in the future - Mikhnov subsequently continued to develop the language of abstraction, while Zverev experimented on the verge of figurative and expression, working mostly in the genre of spontaneous portraiture.
One of the objectives of the exhibition is to present the early works of Anatoly Zverev and the legacy of his Leningrad colleague Evgeny Mikhnov-Voitenko with his most important works, many of which have never been shown in Moscow.
Evgeny Mikhnov-Voitenko (1932 - 1988) was born in Kherson, and since 1937 he lived in Leningrad. He spent the war years in evacuation in Semipalatinsk. He studied at the Scandinavian department of the Pedagogical Institute of Foreign Languages (1951-1954), in the workshop of N. Akimov at the Theater Institute (1954-1958). He worked as a graphic designer at the Combine of Decorative and Applied Arts of the Leningrad Branch of the Artistic Fund. The leader of the older generation of the Leningrad underground, was friends with A. Kondratov, Yu. Filatov, L. Aronzon, V. Alfonsov, A. Altshuller, A. Knaifel. Since 1956, one of the first in the USSR began to work in an abstract-expressionist manner. He created the original aesthetics of spontaneous painting, inventing technical possibilities for the emergence of an image uncontrolled by the artist. He is rightfully considered one of the brightest Russian nonconformist artists of the 20th century. Member of the Association of Experimental Visual Arts (1981). Graphic and pictorial works by Yevgeny Mikhnov-Voitenko are currently in the collections of the Pompidou Center (Paris, France), the Zimmerli Museum (New Jersey, USA), the State Hermitage Museum, the State Tretyakov Gallery, the State Russian Museum, the Moscow Museum of Modern Art, the New Museum Aslan Chekhoev, a number of regional museums in Russia, numerous private collections in Russia and abroad. Personal exhibitions of the artist were held in the largest museums - in the State Russian Museum (2000), the Zimmerli Museum (2001), the New Museum (2010). He died in Leningrad in 1988.
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