Nonconformist art

Nonconformism is unofficial Soviet art of the 1960s-1980s. It is characterized by liberation from the standards of Soviet ideology, by new forms of expression and by the lyrical tone of the image. The emphasis in the work of nonconformists shifts from the collective to the individual – they delve into themselves and work with their unique psychological material, giving it those same unique forms.

The unfolding of this quiet “existential rebellion” coincided with the Khrushchev Thaw, which, however, did not contribute to the direction’s out from the underground. Nonconformism, that brought national art in line with world artistic trends, was persecuted for “lacking progressive ideas” by the Soviet regime. That is why a collector’s activity played the role of its main support from the beginning.

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