Left: Yayoi Kusama, Early Spring Stars, 1992., from Popov Art Foundation. Courtesy Cosmoscow. Right: Georg Baselitz, Ostsee, 2012. Courtesy Cosmoscow.
It was often only the most privileged, according to Nedvetskaia, who had access to art. “People couldn’t really buy art and very few people inherited objects,” she explained. “It was mostly diplomats or people who had some dealings with diplomats. People bartered.” Even so, she is keen to emphasise the importance of the Khrushchev Thaw—a loosening of the censorship and control of media and culture from the early 1950s, associated with its eponymous leader—to the history of Russian design. “Furniture design was very vibrant from 1959 to 1968,” she added. “People started to get design magazines and emulate what they saw. Now we are trying to rescue the remnants.”
TAL R, Road and ruin, Courtesy Cosmoscow.
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