8:08pm Wednesday 27th February 2013
Currently at the Saatchi Gallery in London, there is an exhibition “Gaity is the most outstanding feature of the Soviet Union.”
In the exhibition, there are pieces by Gosha Ostretsov; “Wounded Deer”, “Sex in the City” and “Criminal Government”. In “Criminal Government” the piece, mixes symbols of interrogation and torture. Each cell contains realistic figures in bloodied business suits, some with missing limbs and all with abstract-shaped heads. This piece, is meant to show government officials that have been degraded and punished, or pushed to suicide, like prisoners of war.
“Wounded Deer” is a reminder of decapitated communist-era statues. Pieces were found and rearranged to depict history. Antlers are made from painted iron and the body of the deer is made from old pieces of wood.
The Saatchi Gallery is a fantastic venue to visit for those who are taking art GCSE or interested in taking art, or those who are just interested in seeing pieces of art from different countries. The gallery has free entry and there are no restrictions around the pieces of work. It also has a permenant piece of work by Richard Wilson. The piece is made from sump oil and steel, it takes up the entire room; an infinite clear pool.
The Saatchi Gallery is 3-4 minutes walk from Sloane Square underground and 10-12 minutes walk from Victoria. The nearest mainline railway station is Victoria.
I thoroughly recommend a visit to the gallery as it is very informative and gives you different perspectives of the Russian evolution.
The gallery regularly changes its exhibits; a previous one I visited was based on Korean works. For more information visit the Saatchi Gallery: http://www.saatchi-gallery.co.uk/
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