A new exhibition of 19th and 20th century portraiture at The Zimmerli Art Musuem at Rutgers University is giving ample wall space to Russian and Soviet art. The Zimmerli museum is well known for housing the Dodge collection of Soviet Nonconformist art. The collection, donated in 1991, is the largest collection of Soviet Nonconformist art in the world, and has raised the profile of the museum in Russian art circles. The Zimmerli is less well known for its extensive collection of pre-revolutionary Russian art. In 1990, George Riabov donated his collection of Imperial Russian art with 1,100 works and 5,000 books extending back to the 14th century.* Combined, these two collections have a significant impact on the profile of Russian and Soviet art within the museum.
‘Striking Resemblance’ features work by several prominent Soviet and pre-revolutionary artists including VItaly Komar and Alexander Melamid, Ilya Kabakov, Yuri Albert, and Petr Levitsky. Russian and Soviet visual artists are still under-recognized compared to their contemporaries in music, film, drama, dance and literature, but museums like the Zimmerli are working to raise their profile.
Striking Resemblance will run Jan 25, 2014 – Jul 13, 2014 in the Zimmerli Museum’s Voorhees galleries. For more details, see The Alternative Press’ article on the show.