Leaf 1, The House with the Mezzanine series

The exhibition of Oleg Vassiliev’s works opens in our museum on August 14 (works on paper) and September 17 (oils).  Displayed for the first time in its entirety is an astounding series The House with the Mezzanine, based on Anton Chekhov’s story of the same name. Vassiliev’s visual interpretation of the story is different from conventional literary critical takes on it. The visual sequence takes the story-line beyond Chekhov’s plot into the Soviet period. What seemed as just ‘words,words…’ in the late 19th century, all this talk about making everyone work equally for three hours a day and devote the rest of the time to seeking the meaning of life, turned into a grim reality of MAKING everyone work.

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