The exhibition Absolute Beauty – Neoacademism in Saint Petersburg at Ludwig Museum – Museum of Contemporary Art provides an overview of the history of ‘neoacademism’, a tendency born in 1989 in the city that was then called Leningrad, from the earliest works to the tendency of ‘new seriousness’ emerging in the late 1990’s. The New Academy of Fine Arts aimed at the universal rehabilitation of the concept of beauty by using the aesthetic values and historical forms of Classicism completed with digital technologies offered by the new century. The show, encompassing works by more than 30 artists living mainly in Saint Petersburg and Moscow, and presenting more than 100 exhibits, offers an insight through painting, sculpture, graphic, photography, collage, video art and film into a most important chapter of contemporary Russian art scene that has become a symbol

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