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Chambers Gallery

4th June 2006

Dear All

Invitation from the Chambers Gallery

Best wishes
Ute

You are invited to a private view on Wednesday 14th June between 6-9pm at
the Chambers Gallery for Soviet Socialist Realism. The show runs from the
15th June to the 14th July 2006.

Please pass on the invitation to your members. I attach a press release
for more information.

We look forward seeing you

Kind regards

Evgenia Georgiadis
Manager
The Chambers Gallery
23 Long Lane
London EC1A 9HL
Tel 0207 606 8844 ext 224 office
ext 201 gallery

Press Release – The Chambers Gallery
Soviet Realism
Paintings and Graphic Works

Dates of the show: June 15th – July 14th
Private View: June 14th, 6-9pm

For many years, Soviet Socialist Realism was condemned in the West as
overtly political, dull and too representational. However, we now realise
that to compare Socialist Realism with Western art is futile. This was a
truly unique artistic phenomenon that can only be seen against its own
distinctive socio-political background.

The Soviet Union needed art that was accessible to the masses and would
serve the aims of the Party. By the late 1920s, the innovations of the
avant-garde were no longer seen as fulfilling this purpose. Art would
henceforth be ‘realist in form’ and ‘socialist in content.’ Socialist
Realism would portray visions of a smiling peasantry, burgeoning industry
and, of course, of Stalin and Lenin themselves.

Nevertheless, this is not to suggest that Socialist Realism was an
entirely homogeneous movement. It actually underwent several stages of
development. When Stalin died in 1953, Kruschev’s ‘Thaw’ gave artists more
freedom to express their personal styles, leading eventually to the Severe
Style of the 1960s. By the 1980s, the principles of Soviet Realism had
been considerably diluted. What remained was a more stylised version of
its original tenets.

This exhibition, bringing together a collection of works spanning four
decades, offers the chance to assess the rich and varied history of Soviet
Realism. In addition to some sixty paintings, the show features an
extensive collection of graphic art. These posters and prints – with their
powerful, easily accessible images – are in many ways the perfect
expression of Socialist Realist principles. This was an art for the
masses.

For more information please contact Evgenia Georgiadis at
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Tel: 0207 7781600, The Chambers Gallery, 23 Long Lane, London, EC1A 9HL
Opening hours – Mon-Fri 10am-6pm, Saturdays by appointment

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