The Easel

Deineka / Samokhvalov exhibition in St Petersburg

A recent St Petersburg exhibition of two painters popular in the Soviet era drew big crowds. Through Western eyes, the show expressed a “cozy, amused nostalgia” for the Soviet era and Socialist Realism art. A Russian critic see something deeper: “there are [visions of Russia] still floating out there in our post-Soviet age of individualism. The Soviet dream of unity and belonging is still haunting us”. More images are here.