"Collection Red is the history of twentieth century art as realised today"
"Russian art of the twentieth century was rich with differing movements and trends, many of which have entered the broader history of art worldwide. They were not only diverse, but often sharply polemical. Their radical aesthetic designs and audacious artistic manifestoes are still able to seize the contemporary imagination. The Soviet epoch represents a major chapter in the history of Russian art, which therefore extends to include the art of the former Soviet republics. When considering Russian art history in its entirety, one is thus struck not so much by its radicalism as by its variety. Time, it has long been said, not only smoothes over the cracks but also polishes the surface, giving a sheen of stylistic refinement. In accentuating the singularity of each artistic trend, time makes art history more vivid.
All the artists assembled by Collection Red were born and educated in the republics of the Soviet Union. Their works bear the mark of their own national schools, but geographical differences are secondary to the group’s joint history and, more specifically, its shared emotional experience of a historical narrative which has gone uncompleted.
Collection Red is the history of twentieth century art as released
today; the history of art which chooses not to subject itself to the rules of time and history, to become the past. This is no post-modernist pastiche. On the contrary, it is art which refuses to play about with styles. The absence of play is compensated by harmony. Looking at these pieces, moving from one artist to another, one realises that their work does not simply give a second life to those movements, styles and themes which defined the art of the twentieth century. In fact, it does not recognise any such historical limitation. In this age of uncertainty, repetition and nostalgia, when the world is gripped by a sense of drift and detachment, of nostalgia for an older dynamism, this group of artists renounces contemporary trends and builds its aesthetic utopia in the present. This is the hallmark of true art."