The central House of Artistst in Moscow is one of the
largest exhibition halls in Russia. During the year 1989/1990 An exhibition of my
painting was planned in another place but in the end this was
cancelled. I decide to go to Moscow myself to see what was up.
During 4 visits of each 3 weeks I made new paintings in Moscow which
I wanted to have exhibited there. Finally I ended up in the best
place to be at the time; The Central House of Artists. Althought the
surcomstances were quite primitive, the exhibition attracted many visitors.
It was clear that the kind of colourfull and abstract work was new
to be exhibited into this museum. The reaction of the audiance was not
positive in gneral. Quite a lot of people were embarrased about it (how could
our gouverment allow this artists to be exhibited!). Most of the
the 'normal audiance' had a big laugh about my paintings. It was
childish they said. True, the children they had with them liked it a lot.
Futhermore, many professional artists, designers and architects liked
the fact that it was there. Of course, they saw it also as a prove
that perestroyka was entered into the museum.
No matter what the reaction was of the audiance, many came.
In the many exhibitions I had after this one (in the same museum)
never it was so exciting anymore as it was with this exhibition.
Of course it was the first time and this counts a lot but, also
my exhibition had an historical meaning that had to do with the fact
that the exhibition was held at the edge of an enourmous change in
Russia. This exhibition was a symptom of that change.
Graphics & Computer
The success of the exhibition was not only due to the paintings.
I also had 120 computer graphics exhibited and 3 computers
standing on a table to show how the graphics were composed automaticly
by my software.
Because of being at the exhibtion myself every day. I met a lot
of interesting people who more or less were into art themself.
I was invited by many of them to bring a visit to their studio.
I did and, besides an interesting talk, we had a lot of fun