Feeling a bit ostalgic?
The New Museum presents the exhibition Ostalgia – featuring work by more than 50 artists from the former Communist bloc. The term “Ostalgia” refers to a sense of longing for the era before the fall of the Iron Curtain. The socio-political transformation of the post-Soviet epoch gave birth to a new form of expression: one that adopted to the realities of modern times, and, yes, expressed nostalgia for life under Communism. The exhibited works include drawings of Dmitri Prigov, self-portraits of Alexander Lobanov, and photographs by Nikolay Bakharev, to name a few.
“There was an initial assumption in the West that the end of the Cold War in 1991 brought universal jubilation. But time has proved and the show suggests otherwise. Free-market capitalism brought its suppressions and exclusions, as artists discovered. Among other things, some felt, it undermined the purpose and value of art.”
The New York Times
There is probably no better venue for the Ostalgia exhibition than the New Museum, which for more than three decades has focused exclusively on the contemporary art. What originally began as a one-room office on Hudson Street is now a freestanding building on the Bowery – the joy and pride of those who adore experimental art.
Feeling a bit ostalgic? Not yet? Well, you may really soon…