In celebration of Vera Mukhina’s 125th birthday, Russian artists Sanya Kantarovsky and Ella Kruglyanskaya were invited to create an exhibition at Kim? gallery inspired by the acclaimed sculptor in her native Riga, Latvia. Mukhina first gained recognition after creating one of the most iconic symbols of Soviet Russia in 1937. Originally intended to crown the Soviet pavilion at the World’s Fair in Paris, the towering stainless steel sculpture of two figures with a sickle and a hammer raised over their heads was subsequently moved to Moscow. Kantarovsky’s series of posters in the exhibition, named Little Vera after the eponymous 1989 Soviet film by Vasily Pichul, illustrate phrases culled from Mukhina’s 1960 book of collected writings. Shown in the gallery and in public spaces throughout the city, they embody the central mode of communication during Vera’s lifetime.
Originally hand painted and lettered, the writing on this lithograph print reads:
“Only a person with impure thoughts can see something impure in a marvelous human body, but to such a person even clothes would be no obstacle.”
S. Kantarovsky, b. 1982, is a Russian artist who lives and works in New York, NY.
Edition of 50
28 × 20 inches framed
27 × 19 inches unframed