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Alexander Gleserís Collection

These days at the A-3 Gallery in Starokoniushenny lane, one can see the collection of Alexander Gleser, who is a famous collector of the unofficial Russian art of the 70-s. Alexander Gleser created the Modern Russian Art Museum in Jersey-City, in which he brought together the works by Zverev, Tselkov, Kosolapov, Nemukhin, Melamed.

Gleser: In the West, I actually felt like on a business trip. I had to create a museum. Owing to the help of Alexander Galich and Vladimir Maksimov, a writer and the chief editor of the magazine " Continent" , I managed to find premises in Mozheron, where the Russian museum in exile opened later. Apart from this, I started publishing a literary miscellany " The Third Wave" , which appeared four times a year. This all was sent to the Soviet Union. And the artists received it.

The Museum held many solo and collaborative exhibitions within its walls and in the City Museum of Tokio, a biennale in Venice, then in Turin, then in Switzerland. It seemed to me I had to conquer New-York as well. This museum was opened on the 15th of September in 1980, on the day of the Bulldozer exhibition. In 1983, an exhibition in the Senate and Congress took place. And there followed an hour's feature about the exhibition, which was unthinkable.

After I returned to Russia, I started arranging exhibitions of unofficial art not only in Moscow and St. Petersburg, but also in Vladivostok, Novosibirsk, and Nizhniy Novgorod. And everywhere young artists approached me and said: " Your artists were pressed down by bulldozers, and we are left to ourselves, help us..."

Since 1994, I have been exhibiting contemporary young artists, along with unofficial artists, who had become famous by the time, which also raised the young artists rating.