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Home | Exhibitions | Past Exhibitions | 1997 | Parallel Visions (April 16 - June 15, 1997)

Parallel Visions: Contemporary Russian and American Painting

Vasily Shulzhenko
(Russian, b.1949)
Oil on canvas

In the aftermath of the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of artistic suppression by Soviet authorities, Russian artists experienced the freedom to paint, exhibit, and travel. Rarely shown outside major urban centers, this thought-provoking and challenging exhibition marked for many Museum viewers their first exposure to contemporary Russian art. Both contemporary Russian and American artists joined forces, showing many similarities, as well as differences, in the treatment of some of the art's most traditional themes. Thanks to the Maya Polsky Gallery in Chicago, two American artists included in the exhibition were Ed Pashke and Nicolas Africano.


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