Nadja Brykina Gallery
Founder: Nadja Brykina
Russian Art of the second half of the 20th century to today. Exhibitions and retrospectives of acclaimed Nonconformist artists. Publications of each artist in several languages.
Nadja Brykina Gallery was opened in the centre of Zurich in 2006 by Nadja Brykina. The concept focuses on Russian art from the second half of the 20th century up to present time. The gallery represents artists Marlen Spindler, Igor Vulokh, Vladimir Andreenkov, Alexei Kamensky, Yuri Zlotnikov, Valery Yurlov, Andrei Krasulin, Vladimir Soskiev, Boris Otarov, Igor Shelkovski, Anatoly Zverev as well as artists of the younger generation, such as Mikhail Krunov and other artists. The spectrum of their works ranges from painting to illustrations: from graphic works to sculpture.
Many of these artists rank among the Nonconformists. They lived in the Soviet Union under desperate circumstances. In their isolation, they followed their own artistic pursuit.
They did not join the ruling party nor its official art – the Socialist Realism – nor did they join the political underground. They put up with deprivation, or worse, persecution. Their non-conformism was absolute and was addressed not only to the Soviet ideology, but also to all attempts to influence their artistic works. Even after Perestroika they did not adapt to the vogue of the art market and remained true to their own artistic pursuit instead. These unofficial artists remained true to their own creative way.
Their art works are displayed across more than 800 square metres. A repertoire, which once was only rarely shown to the public outside the Soviet Union, is now accessible to the Western world. After Perestroika, their creations were
acquired and are exhibited by the most significant Russian museums. Since 1996, Nadja Brykina has been constantly releasing monographs, artists’ books and exhibition catalogues in four languages (German, English, French and Russian). Publications further include documentary films unraveling the artistic life of selected artists. The work exhibitions are complemented by photo exhibitions giving insight into their artistic worlds as well as cultural events, such as concerts and readings.
With our Moscow branch, which was opened in 2010, we would like to emphasize our connection to the Eastern European art world and the Russian artists.