In and Around Dvizhenie (The Movement Group)

Francisco Infante-Arana, Spiral of Infinity No. 3 (Fiery Circuits), 1964
Apr 01, 2006 - Oct 08, 2006
DuBrow Gallery

Dvizhenie, or the Movement Group, was formed in 1964 by a number of young Russian artists who shared an interest in working with geometric forms to express sensations of infinity that they believed form the essence of human experience. In the mid- to late-1960s, these individuals turned their collective attention to kinetic installations, or “artificial spaces,” which became Dvizhenie’s main focus for the duration of its history. This exhibition concentrates on work by founding members Lev Nusberg and Francisco Infante-Arana, as well as other artists who co-created or participated in kinetic installations.

Dvizhenie was never a purely artistic organization. The group first exhibited under the name Ornamentalists, and the venues of its shows—the Architects’ Club, the Kurchatov Institute for Atomic Physics, and industrial exhibitions like Electro 1970—reinforced its status as a design team. Although these individuals have long been considered “unofficial” artists (an identification that stemmed from the difficulties they endured after they first began receiving artistic recognition), their goals were actually shared by many official designers, and they enjoyed commissions from a number of Soviet institutions.

Francisco Infante-Arana

Spiral of Infinity No. 3 (Fiery Circuits), 1964

Tempera on paper

Collection Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers

Norton and Nancy Dodge Collection of Nonconformist Art from the Soviet Union