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Lev Povzner, born in Moscow in 1939, is a pain­ter from the movement of Rus­sian non­con­for­mists who par­ticipated in unof­ficial exhibitions in private flats in the 1970s and 1980s. In 1967 he graduated from the Moscow Polygraphic Institute, and has been pain­ting and drawing ever since, but despite a number of exhibitions remains on the mar­gins of official artistic life in Russia.

 

He works in his own flat and uses domestic materials, pain­ting on oilc­loth and homemade card­board. Povzner draws inspirations from the clas­sics of Rus­sian literature and from the prose of life in the Soviet utopia. Using sur­realistic optical games—mirror reflec­tions and pain­tings within paintings—he conveys the liberating power of psychedelia. Allusions to psychoanalysis and non-​obvious images or emotions recor­ded in the sub­con­scious make his works an inspiring source of secret know­ledge on con­tem­porary Rus­sian society.

 

Unlike the escapist ten­den­cies popular in the last decade, Povzner’s elaborate, individual brand of sur­realism represents a return to the political poten­tial of the genre. It is the artist’s secret lan­guage, protec­ting his indepen­dence and noble position as an out­sider. From this per­spec­tive he can per­ceive more and attempt more, guided by the titles of his own cycles of drawings and pain­tings, such as Field of Mirac­les and Weed. At this exhibition, the first-​ever for Lev Povzner in Poland, we present a selec­tion of his newest works. The opening will be held on the artist’s 80th birthday.


Exhibitions 2019

Lev Povzner
FIELD OF MIRACLES

08.11.2019–07.12.2019

Joint exhibition of Galeria Dawid Radziszewski and Raster Gallery.

 


Opening 8 November 2019

6:00–9:00 pm

Galeria Dawid Radziszewski

ul. Kolejowa 47A, Warsaw