A major exhibition of significant works by Oleg Vassiliev, many from the Zimmerli Art Museum’s Norton and Nancy Dodge Collection of Nonconformist Art from the Soviet Union, comprise the first museum exhibition of the art of this seminal global figure since his death in 2013. The 83 works in the exhibition include loans from private collections in the United States that have only rarely been publicly exhibited. Oleg Vassiliev: Space and Light will be on view at the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University through December 31, 2014 and is accompanied by a major catalogue (to be published in November), edited by curator Julia Tulovsky, Ph.D., with essays by Tulovsky, Molly Brunson, Andrew Solomon, and Robert Storr.
The exhibition examines Vassiliev’s ability to evoke ethereal space — a place seemingly beyond our physical world that is saturated with light and transformed into a landscape of otherworldly consciousness and memory. The exhibition takes visitors on a journey through the development of Vassiliev’s work from the 1950s until his death.