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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Alternative Art Casts Own Web

Exactly 25 years ago, easels standing on a wasteland in Belyayevo were swept away by bulldozers. Independent artists, who had been denied official exhibition space, had been displaying their works there.

These days, modern art is being "silently suppressed with a pillow," says Andrei Yerofeyev, curator of the state collection of modern art at the Tsaritsino museum. Over the last 10 years, Yerofeyev has collected more than 2,000 pieces of post-totalitarian avant-garde art from Stalin's death to our time, showing that there was art in the U.S.S.R. and Russia that "aimed to be part of the international art process rather than in opposition to the regime."

The 1980s to 1990s part of the collection promised to be one of the most important art events of the year, but the Central House of Artists, where it was supposed to be displayed for the first time, was closed "for technical reasons." Another potential location, the Manezh, was booked for an exhibit dedicated to the mayor's office.

"The Soviet civil servant mentality is managing culture again," Yerofeyev said. "We need to find a way of opposing the gray forces."

The way was found: 250 works of the collection will be displayed on the Internet. Presentation of the Internet version of the collection will take place Friday at the Rotonda gallery (Tel. 954-3753). Thirty private galleries around Moscow are joining in the festival shows.

- Yulia Solovyova