Introduction to “Stenogram of the General Meeting of the Artists of the Union of Soviet Artists of Moldovia (15 May, 1951)”

This stenogram was recorded at an artists’ meeting that took place in 1951 in Kishinev (as the capital of today’s Republic of Moldova was called in those days). The discussion among the members of the local Union of Artists—a new type of art organization that was implemented in Moldova after the advance of the Red Army westwards—revolves around the organization of their annual art exhibition of 1951. The text discloses some of the major issues and challenges faced by the members of this artist organization during the late Stalinist era.

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