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“Behind the Iron Curtain” exhibition will be opened in Gdansk

“Behind the Iron Curtain” exhibition will be opened in Gdansk
“Behind the Iron Curtain” exhibition will be opened in Gdansk

The National Museum of Gdansk offers a unique exhibition of Polish and Soviet art of the Cold War era.

The exhibition, which received a big name "Behind the Iron Curtain: Official and Independent Art of Poland and the Soviet Union, 1945-1989" will be held under the patronage of one of the most famous inhabitants of Gdansk, the former president of Poland - Lech Walesa.

Works of art will be presented in chronological order, starting with the most ideologically-strong post-war period of 1940-1950s, when artists were forced to create works in a spirit of Socialist Realism in support of ideological propaganda.

Part of the exhibition will include works of the so-called "Khrushchev thaw" period, when the artists received some degree of creative freedom. According to the decree of the Communist Party of Poland, creative freedom and abstractionism should not exceed 15%.

At the exhibition will be presented works of such legendary Cold War Polish artists as Tadeusz Kantor (1915-1990) and Jerzy "Jurry" Zielinski (1943-1980).

Works for the exhibition were given by the chairman of the Polish Foundation for Contemporary Art in Warsaw, Piotr Nowicki.

After the exposure Gdansk exhibition "Behind the Iron Curtain" will travel to Moscow.

Alesia Belaya

Date: 26/04/2012

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