Zimmerli Art Museum (Rutgers University)

Artstor and the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University are now sharing more than 250 images of nonconformist art from the Soviet Union in the Digital Library. The collection, which is the largest of its kind in the world, includes more than 20,000 works of art by close to 1,000 artists and documents the creative activities of underground artists in the Soviet Union who courageously broke away from Socialist Realism—the official artistic style of the communist regime. With works in all media, the collection spans the late 1950s to late 1980s—from the initiation of the underground movement during Khruschev's cultural thaw to Gorbachev's perestroika and the downfall of the Soviet Union.

Featuring painting, sculpture, works on paper, photography, installation, and performance, the Dodge holdings at the Zimmerli are close to encyclopedic and represent art not only created in the major cultural centers of Moscow and St. Petersburg, but also in eleven former Soviet republics: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan. This first selection for Artstor will showcase a number of major artists from the collection, among them, Erik Bulatov, Ilya Kabakov, Vitaly Komar and Alexander Melamid, Lidia Masterkova, Vladimir Nemukhin, and Leonid Sokov. Many of these artists have moved to the United States and Europe and are currently part of the international art community; others remain and work in Russia, yet to be discovered by art historians and the wider public.

The Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers is one of the largest and most distinguished university-based art museums in the nation. The museum's collection includes more than 60,000 works, ranging from ancient to contemporary art, with particular emphasis on nineteenth-century French art; Russian art from icons to the present day; and American art with notable holdings of prints. Founded in 1966, the Zimmerli occupies a 70,000-square-foot facility on the New Brunswick campus of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Established in 1766, Rutgers is America's eighth oldest institution of higher learning and a premier research university.