A controversial Soviet art collector Alexandre Gleser has organised an exhibition near Paris of nonconformist paintings previously banned in the Soviet Union.
GV Chateau du Moulin de Senlis.
CU INT. Sign announcing exhibition.
CU M. Gleser sorting out paintings and displays "Leida" by Kalinin.
CU Details of "Leida". (2 shots)
SV AND CU Paintings by Oscar Rabin "Au Nom Du Pere du Fils et St. Esprit". (3 shots)
SV AND CU Painting by Michel Chemiakine "Nature Morte Metaphysique".
CU "Les Cartes" by Vladimir Nemukhin. (3 shots)
CU "Evangile St. Jean" by Dmiti Plavinsky.(3 shots)
CU Untitled painting by Boris Sveshnikov, depicting man praying. (3 shots)
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Background: A controversial Soviet art collector Alexandre Gleser has organised an exhibition near Paris of nonconformist paintings previously banned in the Soviet Union.
Alexandre Gleser -- chief organiser of the 1974 open air exhibition in Moscow, which was broken up by the authorities -- has been fighting for many years to bring Soviet nonconformist painters into the limelight.
The paintings are difficult to classify according to schools as they cover a wide range. What is significant is that none of them have anything in common with the official "social realism" school. This has incurred the wrath of the authorities in the past.
But Soviet painters were given a new lease of life in September 1975 when the largest exhibition of unorthodox art ever held in the U.S.S.R. got underway relatively unhindered by security police or the censors.
The Paris exhibition was due to start on Saturday (24 January) at the Chateau du Moulin de Senlis near Paris. It is expected to be there for six weeks and has been dubbed by Mr. Gleser "The Russian Art Gallery in Exile".
Alexandre Gleser, who is also a translator and poet, left the U.S.S.R. in February 1975 after many confrontations with the Soviet secret police. He went to Vienna and set up the exhibition of 80 works from his own collection of nonconformist paintings. He also staged the exhibition in West Germany, West Berlin and now Paris. The paintings are likely to remain in the French capital as the foundation of a Russian collection.
Artists represented in the exhibition --- many of whom have already received some acclaim in the West --- included Oscar Rabin, Kalinin, Michael Chemiakine, Vladimir Neukhin, Dmitri Plavinsky and Boris Sveshnikov.