Friday, 11 January 2013

Breaking the Ice: Moscow Art 1960-80s Saatchi Gallery

In the final 4 rooms of the Saatchi Gallery is the exhibition Breaking the Ice: Moscow Art 1960-80s. The artwork which is located in these rooms are from artists who worked in Moscow in this time period, 1960-80. This is when the cold war was at its peak and the Soviet Union was a massive threat around the world and the artists give an insight to what it was like living in the capital, Moscow. The Soviet Union was a Communist country and Moscow was the only place where they could get contact to the outside world and due to this the formation of underground art movements happened.
This artwork caught my eye whilst working around as everyone knows of Andy Warhols, 32 Campbell's Soup Cans, 1962. During the Cold war the two superpowers of the world were America and the Soviet Union. They both held Nuclear Weapons and incidents such as the Cuban Missile crisis happened. This artwork, Russian Pop-art No 3, 1964 by Oskar Rabin really shows how the Soviet Union viewed America as they have taken one of Americas most famous painters and the painting which he became famous for as well as a well known object which can be found in most homes in America and have ripped or shot at it to make it look like it ha deteriorated. It called also represent what everything would look like if the Cold War turned much worse and both countries set off Nuclear bombs. Go see this exhibition before it ends on 24th February 2013!

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