The exhibition presents work by two groups of artists who emerged in St Petersburg in the 1980s and 1990s - the New Artists and the New Academy - two movements that changed the face of contemporary art in Russia. Both movements were founded by artist Timur Novikov.

Novikov brought together artists, filmmakers, composers and musicians. The New Artists were formed in the early 1980s and began exhibiting in their flats and in public spaces. They worked with painting, graphic design, film and later with music, when in 1984 they began working with the rock group Kino and the Popular Mechanics orchestra. At the end of the 1980s, the collective began exhibiting abroad and gained international recognition.

In 1989, during a critical time of political, ideological and economic transition in Russia, Novikov decided to radically change his aesthetic and founded the New Academy, focussing on a return to classicism and the Greek and Roman ideal in art practice.

The exhibition is curated by Ekaterina Andreeva and will bring together painting, video, graphic and archival material to illustrate the anarchist tendencies in the works of the New Artists and the New Academy, as well as their interest in the history of art and the classical form.

The exhibition is organised by Calvert 22 in collaboration with the Moscow Museum of Modern Art.