A LETTER TO SOMEBODY
Bruskin— I wanted to make a painting in the shape of a letter to somebody from the future and one day, somebody will discover this painting and will learn the truth about what life was like in the Soviet Union. It was intended as a letter to be discovered in the future. Very unexpectedly, the Soviet Union collapsed and I ended up being the very same person in the future who I had sent my letter to.
Antonova— It’s only natural that vivid artists’ imagination had to find some way out, so this new art emerged with strong protest notes in it. And all this was non-conformist, meaning not serving the regime.
We need to understand that communism is not a regime, it’s an ideology. A regime can use some sensible, relevant and proper thoughts, and at the same time there can be governors who distort the ideology leading their countries to some criminal acts. These are two different problems.
Grisha Bruskin was born in 1945 in Moscow at the beginning of the nuclear age, and as the thaw period melted with stagnation setting in, he became active in the underground art community. Later the artist exhibited his works at the Pushkin Museum. After the collapse, Bruskin felt challenged to reconcile Soviet mythology with truth through art and memory. The story of this reconciliation lies in The Frozen Theater.