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From 15 May to 30 June, an exhibition "Beyond reality" dedicated to abstract art runs at the gallery "Atrium" (3rd floor).

Abstract (non-objective, non-figurative) art is aimed to show spiritual reality that lies beyond perception of the world. It is difficult to understand the art that has no forms of a real world, but it is worth it. Editions and materials presented at the book exhibition will help to understand the interlacing of lines, curves, color spots, abstract configurations, appreciate this wonderful non-figurative world and learn its origin.

The exhibition includes approximately 100 publications on art of the 20th century, in general, the avant-garde (the movement of artists seeking to find new and unusual means and forms of display), non-figurative art and its founders - Wassily Kandinsky, Kazimir Malevich, Pieter Mondrian, exhibitions and projects. There are on display catalogs of museum collections and exhibitions of modern art, albums of non-representationalists and art associations. There are exhibited American, Italian, Korean, German, Russian, Polish, Ukrainian, French and other foreign editions.

Visitors can also see the first abstract watercolor painting from the reproduction album Wassily Kandinsky that together with the master’s art works includes quotations from his work Concerning the Spiritual in Art. This book has been for the first time published in 1911 in German and since then it has been translated and reprinted many times. Today, this work is considered to be the theoretical basis of abstract art. Its publication in Russian (Moscow: Archimedes, 1992) is also presented at the exhibition.

In his paintings Wassily Kandinsky embodied lyrical abstraction where a composition is organized from free flowing forms. Piet Mondrian and Kazimir Malevich belonged to another type of abstract art – geometric abstraction. Piet Mondrian believed that "pure plastic art creates pure reality". The visitors of the exhibition will also see Mondrian’s understanding of "pure plastic art" and read a biographical feature story on this Dutch artist.

Kazimir Malevich tried to develop his own system of abstract art. The artist’s Black Square is his most famous work. It became a kind of sign of non-figurative art. "Black Square" is also the name of the book which includes articles, declarations, manifestos of Kazimir Malevich that will be presented at the exhibition.

A special place at the exhibition is devoted to the Belarusian abstract art and its brightest representatives: Anatoly Kuznetsov, Viktor Sakhno, Vladimir Savich, and members of the creative association "Nyamiga-17", participants of the exhibition “ABSTRACT-2009" and the Triennial of Contemporary Art "BelEkspoArt-2012" Nikolai Bushchik, Leonid Khobotov, Tamara Sokolova, Sergei Kiryushchenko, etc.



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