The Sacred Present. Nikolai Kormashov's Paintings from the 1960s
The exhibition focuses on the early, most explorative period in the work of Nikolai Kormashov (1929-2012), one of the leading figures of the 1960s generation of painters in Estonia. The exhibition is accompanied by a book, which provides Estonian- and English-language readers with the first through examination of Nikolai Kormashov's body of work.
Nikolai Kormashov belongs to the so-called "Sixties Generation" in Estonia art, whose task it became to break free of the dogma of Stalinist Socialist Realism. The exhibition examines the artist's work during the decade, his searches for contemporary forms and the development of his individuality. The exhibition focuses on his "thematic" paintings – a Soviet genre that is related primarily to commissioned art. However for Kormashov, thematic paintings were not just commissioned art. And in the middle of the decade, the artist created his most powerful and distinctive works in this genre.