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8 June
"Thaw" runs in Petrovsky Passage: the exhibition of works by Soviet artists from the private collection of the Dane Allan Gamborg Andersen arranged with the support of Bosco di Ciliegi and the Katia Gerdt Workshop was opened on June 7th. It joins the theme of the festival "Thaw: facing the future", which is held in Moscow for the first time and unites the largest museums and exhibition venues of the capital including the Tretyakov Gallery, the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, the Moscow Museum and the Gorky Park.
Mikhail Shirvindt became the celeb host of the evening.  He has conduct a raffle and a vocal contest joined by many guests to the brilliant accompaniment of Levon Oganezov. The performers of Soviet songs for the verses of the poets of "the sixties" - Bulat Okudzhava, Bella Akhmadullina and Gennady Shpalikov were applauded by Marianna Maksimovskaya, Alena Doletskaya, Pavel Lungin, Tata Zemtsova and others.
Over 80 works are on the display. These are the sketches from the life of Moscow and other parts of the Soviet Union of the 50's and 60's, the so-called Thaw Era - a bright period of 1953-1968, full of hopes, discoveries and achievements. Also the exhibition shows posters to the World Festival of Youth and Students conduct in 1957, pictures of youth, students, athletes, dancers, ordinary people at work and on vacation.
The 91-year-old artist Klara Vlasova became one of the painters, who personally visited the event.
It is curious that this picturesque "encyclopedia of Soviet life" is created by an alien. Being in love with Russia, Andersen started to bag his collection of Soviet art in the mid-1990s. Andersen’s private collection was on the display in Great Britain and Denmark, the first exhibition in Russia called "Soviet Moscow" was held at the Academy of Watercolors and Fine Arts.
The works presented at the exhibition were created during the 1950-1970s, when the art of socialist realism reached its climax.
The choice of the new venue is not accidental. Aristocratic Petrovsky Passage is a place for those who are not indifferent to the beautiful, for all those who turn the shopping process into art, and is not averse to admiring the paintings and graphics of contemporary artists in between shopping. The elegant, austere building of the XIX century with calm atmosphere and slowly flowing time, has already hosted the retrospectives of Tatyana Mavrina and Katya Medvedeva's art within the Open Arts Festival "Chereshnevy Les".
The corner of France in the very heart of Moscow, "Katia Gerdt Workshop", is located at the 2nd level of the 1st line of Petrovsky Passage. Everything - from an antique frame for an old photo to a luxurious Baccarat chandelier of the XIX century was personally selected by the owner of the salon, the famous interior designer Katia Gerdt.
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