The NOTFOREVER. 1968-1985 exhibition opened at New Tretyakov Gallery on July 6. It is the first exhibition in the program of the 20th Cherry Forest Open Art Festival. The NOTFOREVER. 1968–1985 is open for all visitors starting July 7.
The exhibition is dedicated to the period of Soviet history during the Perestroika, which will be referred to as Stagnation, both economically and politically. However, this descriptor seems wrong if we’re talking about the culture, intellectual debates, and creative discoveries of that time. The Moscow conceptual school was formed during this period. Andrey Tarkovsky and Yuri Norstein created their world-famous films. Alfred Schnittke developed the polystylistic technique in music, Dmitry Prigov and Vladimir Sorokin wrote the first examples of postmodernist literature in Russian.
The exhibition was opened by the board chairman of Bosco di Ciliegi Group Mikhail Kusnirovich, the general director of State Tretyakov Gallery Zelfira Tregulova. Minister of Culture of the Russian Federation Olga Luybimova was the first guest to visit the exhibition. Friends of Cherry Forest Alyona Doletskaya, Yulia Khlynina, Polina Askeri, Yevgenia Milova, Andrey Kolesnikov, Alexander Oleshko, and Kristina Levieva were present at the opening ceremony.
The NOTFOREVER. 1968–1985 exhibition represents the logical continuation of the Thaw exhibition that took place at the State Tretyakov Gallery in 2017 as part of the Cherry Forest Open Art Festival. NOTFOREVER. 1968–1985 is destined to be the second part of a trilogy of exhibitions dedicated to Soviet art after WWII. The trilogy includes exhibitions about three historical periods, the Thaw, Stagnation, and Perestroika. But if in The Thaw curators mainly focused on style trends and general ideas of the era, the exhibition to show the period of Stagnation involves an analysis of individual and mass consciousness, based on works of art. This is the first attempt at such a study. Also, for the first time, the art of the period of Stagnation will be reflected upon in the context of the global problems of postmodernism.