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A Unique Legacy of Soviet Underground Art is Showcased Anew at the Zimmerli at Rutgers

Russian Art & Soviet Nonconformist ArtNew Brunswick, NJ— On Friday, June 1, 2012, the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers unveils newly refurbished galleries devoted to work created during the Cold War by Russian artists willing to risk persecution, poverty, and exile to defy the Soviet government’s prescribed style of Socialist Realism.

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Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers Highlights Early Revelations in Soviet Nonconformist Art

December 19, 2011

New Brunswick, NJ – The Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers continues its series of one-person shows devoted to Soviet nonconformist artists with In the Search of an Absolute: Art of Valery Yurlov, on view through April 14, 2013. Yurlov stands out as one of the earliest proponents of analytical abstraction within Soviet nonconformist art and was among those brave artists who, as early as the 1950s, defied the harsh restrictions placed on artists by the Communist government.

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The Zimmerli Art Museum offers internships for academic credit to undergraduate and graduate students at Rutgers University, as well as two Mellon funded summer paid internships to graduate students enrolled in the Department of Art History. Under the supervision of a department head or curator, interns gain firsthand museum experience by assisting with regular departmental activities that range from routine administrative and clerical tasks to research and special projects.

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The Zimmerli is a teaching museum with diverse collections and dynamic programming which offer something for everyone.

With more than 60,000 works in its collection, the museum frequently updates the permanent galleries with works that spotlight an artist, period, or theme. Special exhibitions reflect the Zimmerli's commitment to interdisciplinary perspectives and range from provocative thematic shows to in-depth surveys of particular artists and movements.