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Representing the outdoor “Soviet Underground Art Exhibit” is Aleck Rapoport, a newly arrived Jewish artist from Leningrad. Some of his works are shown in the counter-exhibit, which is directly outside the main entrance of the De Young Museum. After studying the catalog of the official exhibit inside, Rapoport observed.

“Kandinsky and Malevitch, two of the artists shown in the official collection, are forbidden to show their art in the USSR. They are denounced in Soviet press as enemies of the people.’ The works of Drevin and Udaltsova, which appear in the De Young exhibit, cannot be found anywhere in the Soviet Union. Pavel filonov, whose works appear in the official Soviet exhibit, was deprived of food coupons during the war for his ‘modernism’ and died of hunger. It is impossible to see any of Filonov’s works in the Soviet Union. Nalbandian, the courtier artist of Stalin, Krushchev and Brezhnev, won many avards from the heads of the Soviet apparatichik, while in contrast, Falk and Jatlin died of staryation under official censorship.

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