Erik Bulatov:
Book "Freiheit ist Freiheit - Freedom is Freedom"

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96 Pages | Format 23.5 x 29 cm | Languages: German, Englisch

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Erik Bulatov: Book "Freiheit ist Freiheit - Freedom is Freedom"

Erik Bulatov like Ilya Kabakov belongs to the small but prominent group of the Russian artists, which managed to create quite independent artistic expressive forms, in opposition to the governmental regulation of the Soviet art industry.

The work gives an exhaustive presentation of the works of Bulatov which now lives in Paris, with 25 big-format pictures and for the first time presents the list of his drawings. The publication finally appeared as the exhibition "Erik Bulatov", Kestner society, Hannover, 2006.

Edition Caroline Kaeding, Kestner society, Hannover. The texts by Veit Goerner, Erik Bulatov, Caroline Kaeding, Viktor Misiano und Anne Prenzler. February 2006, Kerber Publishing. ISBN 978-3-938025-70-3. Format 23.5 x 29 cm. 96 pages. 68-color illustrations. Hard-cover, bound. Languages: German, English.

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Art means freedom

The Russian painter Erik Bulatov was in a total artistic isolation in the Soviet Union. He was disconnected from any western development in contemporary art by the Iron Curtain. Any exchange with critics and audiences was impossible inside country, because Bulatov did not subordinate to the established rules and laws in the art of the Soviet Union and therefore did not exist at the official level. In this intellectual vacuum Bulatov, who earned his living as a children's book illustrator developed his own visual language, in which he critically processed the socialistic realism with Russian constructivism. In order to create for oppositional artists a possibility to present their work, Bulatov founded together with colleagues such as Ilya Kabakov and Oleg Vassiliev in the 1960s, the "Sretensky Boulevard Group", which later developed in the "Moscow conceptualists". But soon he began to feel the pressure from the state officials: one of the first exhibitions (1965) in Moscow, where he took part the first was, closed and banned after just one hour. Due to this experience Bulatov adresses to the liberating power of art: "It has always been my belief that the sphere of society has its limits, and the way to freedom leads just beyond the sphere of art, which lies beyond these limits. Certainly I know that this is not the universal way - for me it was always the only possible one ". Erik Bulatov was born in 1933 in Sverdlovsk, Ural. He studied at the Moscow School of Art and at the Surikov Art Institute in Moscow, which he left in 1958. Erik Bulatov is now one of the most important contemporary artists of Russia. In 2008 he was made an honorary member of the Russian Academy of Arts, he lives and works in Paris. His works were presented in the individual exhibitions in the Musée des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris and the Centre Pompidou, in the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow and in the Kestner Community in Hannover.

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