New York

New York

Russia!

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum | New York
1071 Fifth Avenue
September 16, 2005–January 12, 2006

The founders of the Museum of Non-objective Painting—as the Guggenheim was once called—will turn in their graves when “Russia!” opens. Their institution committed itself to abstract art not long after the big shots of socialist realism celebrated a victory over their modernist rivals; now Krens & Co. will grant the production of these aesthetic adversaries equal status as “masterpieces.” Approximately 250 works from the last eight centuries will be generously thrown into the bin—medieval icons, imperial statuary, Suprematist paintings, Soviet propaganda—everything, presumably, but a Russian kitchen sink. No fewer than nine people, including familiar names from the Russian museum establishment as well as some unknown to the field, were required to curate this behemoth.