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Hall 7. Modernism after Nonconformism. Symbols and signs.

The aspiration towards enlarging the possibilities of modernist approach led to the complexity of ideas underlying an art work. The use of various signs, especially letters and mathematical symbols, increased. They came in particularly handy in abstract painting. Verbal and non-verbal signs incorporated into a painting added to it intellectual depth and subtle emotional nuances. Besides the purely aesthetic approach to the signs, their choice was increasingly based on the information they concealed.

«Hall 7 interior»
«Hall 7 interior»

«Hall 7 interior»
«Myth»
«Ray»
«Composition»
«Symbol Category Analysis No.1. Triptych»
«Expression of the Sign»
«Symbol Category Analysis No.2. Triptych»
«Symbol Category Analysis No.3. Triptych»
«Parable»
«Sonata by Kalashnikov»
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Considering the ubiquitous interest to metaphysics and mysticism in the society of the 1980s and 90s, an attraction to various manifestations of symbolism became obvious. Among Odessa painters , the ideas of Chirico and Magritte, their absurdly enigmatic allegories and metaphors were the most evident in the art of Mikhail Chereshnya and Dmitry Oreshnikov. However, even in the work of other painters, distant enough from surrealism, the Magrittean search for a symbolic name sometimes produced unexpected results and lent an unexpected depth to a work common for its author..
But the most fruitful results were achieved owing to religious search. The art of Vladimir Naumets should be recognized as a most profound exposition of the ideas of a truly believing modern man. His work is so versatile that its best results are exhibited in numerous, conceptually different halls of the Museum. This hall contains the triptych “An analysis of the category of signs”, probably the most interesting and emotional work of secular Odessa art on a religious topic.