"In the grass grasshopper sat", Budapest ART factory,  2016


In the grass Grasshopper sat*


The exhibition of Vladimir Potapov "In the grass Grasshopper sat" presented 10 picturesque works. As a basis the author takes a visual code as decoration vinyl Hungarian pop that is why the size of the work is the same as the size of 31х31 cm vinyl record. It is also important way to create paintings that are organically correlated with the chosen theme. Painting Potapov scratch layers of paint, through which appear the historical images of Hungarian artists. Vladimir Potapov said: "It's like a trip back in time when you scratch paint it leads to the actualization of the deep layers of paint, these layers are integrated into the main surface. For me, this process of immersion in our shared memory. " This method of creating an image in Russia has already been called "antipainting" for the fact that the paint is not applied to the surface like in traditional painting, but instead peeled off. Recognizable images of the once iconic Hungarian singers and bands exude a palimpsest through the layered structure.


Culture, as an area of ​​political manipulation during the Cold War, has acquired a special significance. Cultural workers in particular representatives of pop music, became an instrument of ideological propaganda, "troops on the front line", their songs came through radios, disrupting the normal pattern of life of people and promising them "a better life". In 1969 soviet signer Larisa Mondrus refused to carry out ideologically sustained "civil subjects", imposed by the Ministry of Culture USSR. In 1973, she was forced to move to Germany, at the same time leading Soviet newspapers wrote about what she allegedly "asks back in the USSR", but having been refused to the Soviet Embassy, ​​commits suicide. Nothing of the sort of course was not. "Doctor Zhivago" by Boris Pasternak, as we know, was published on the CIA and the money was part of the propaganda war. The awarding of the Nobel Prize to Pasternak and subsequent refusal led Pasternak to the persecution and harassment by the Soviet government. Known as loud story that the CIA funded and strongly supported the artists of American abstract expressionism, as opposed to the Soviet socialist realism. Examples of such support is described in the book of Frances Stonor Saunders' Who pays for music: the CIA and the Cold War in the area of ​​culture. "


In 2013, died the most famous spy Hungarian Istvan Belovai, which is known as "the man who prevented a third world war." Shortly before his death Istvan Belovai admitted that during his work in the KGB, some artists of the Hungarian pop actively cooperated with both the CIA and the KGB. Cultural figures often found themselves faced with a difficult choice – «with whom to collaborate?» because choice of a direct effect on their future career and security.

The key question of the exhibition - who presented the authors worked with the CIA and who with the KGB?



* «In the grass grasshopper sat» - Russian children's song about how lived a grasshopper, which no one is hurt, and was a friend of flies and cockroaches. Once came a frog and ate a grasshopper that he could not be expected, because he was very good.