Sunday, August 20, 2017

Virtual exhibition on Perestroika-era paintings opens at Yekaterinburg's MoFA

On Wednesday, the Yekaterinburg Museum of Fine Arts unveiled "Transition," a virtual exhibition of Perestroika-era paintings created by Russian artists in the late 1980s.

Sponsored by a grant from the Sverdlovsk region's Ministry of Culture, the exhibition, which will be on display all year, features a collection of paintings which are currently stored in museum collections throughout Russia, ITAR-TASS reports.

Perestroika--meaning "restructuring"--was a call for reforms to the Communist party in the 1980s and is widely associated with Mikhail Gorbachev.

Patrons can explore hundreds of Perestroika-era paintings using one of MoFA's interactive virtual displays. Paintings are divided into such topics as inner space, television and political commentary, according to ITAR-TASS.

Each painting is accompanied by a description of the work, a photo and biography of the painter, as well as a synopsis explaining the work's cultural significance as it relates to the fall of the Soviet Union. Users may also access television clips to help contextualize the time period from which the work of art emerged.

Irina Riznychok, the lead curator of of the exhibition, said most of the works in the collection are expressions of one of a handful of central themes, including "irrepressible desire or change," "the removal of the Iron Curtain," "the influx of Western culture" and "stereotypes trampled and destroyed by behaviors," ITAR-TASS reports.