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Marginality as a space of freedom: some notes on the popularity of naïve art among Soviet painters in the 1960s and 1970s

Otdelnova, Vera

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URN: urn:nbn:de:hebis:26-opus-133925

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Freie Schlagwörter (Englisch): 1968 , naïve art , Socialist Realism , Soviet painting
Universität Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen
Institut: International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture
Fachgebiet: Gießener Graduiertenzentrum Kulturwissenschaften
DDC-Sachgruppe: Sozialwissenschaften, Soziologie
Dokumentart: Aufsatz
Zeitschrift, Serie: On_Culture : the Open Journal for the Study of Culture ; 4
ISBN / ISSN: 2856008-5
Sprache: Englisch
Erstellungsjahr: 2017
Publikationsdatum: 01.12.2017
Kurzfassung auf Englisch: This paper is dedicated to a special form of artistic statement, widely accepted among Soviet artists from the mid-1960s, that was provoked by a protest against the monopoly of academic art. Appeal to the heritage of naïve or folk masters helped professional artists to overcome the canons of Socialist Realism and to enrich their works with new subjects and heroes, often marginal and alien to the state ideology. The artists whose works are analyzed in this paper did not overtly criticize the Soviet state and its cultural policy, but invented their own imaginary worlds, and escaped into these worlds in their thoughts and in their works. Although this strategy appears rather passive, this paper assumes that by depicting and advocating new realities, free of official ideology and social norms, the artists questioned many Soviet conventions and, thus, enlarged and even erased their boundaries.
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