Pushkin House presents the exhibition of Yuri Sobolev as a part of our programme, which explores rarelyseen Russian art of the twentieth century.
Programme for the evening:
opening and drinks
musical tribute to the artist by Odaliska duo
(Vladimir Miller - piano, Adrian Northover - alto and soprano sax)
Q&A with Galina Metelichenko, widow of Yuri Sobolev & curator
Yuri Sobolev is considered a pioneer of multimedia art in the USSR and takes his rightful position as a significant figure in the Russian art of 1960-70s. This is his first international exhibition, which provides an overview of a forty-year career. The show features a video recording of the multiple-screen presentation for the Society of Industrial Design in Moscow in 1975, along with graphic works, slide-show and animation.
The Soviet 60s were marked by a revival of interest in the avant-garde art and synthetic artistic practices of the 20s. Sobolev’s work was informed by the avant-garde montage theory of Sergei Eisenstein, a pioneer of montage in film, and Alexander Rodchenko, who laid the foundations for the modern medium of photocollage. Sobolev sought to unify a large range of art forms and apply montage to both film and image. Thus the ideas of Eisenstein and Rodchenko received a new interpretation within a new genre - multimedia art.