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Opening Reception: 'Leon Bronstein: Between the Fantastic and the Real'

Friday, 06 March, 2020

The Saint Louis University Museum of Art (SLUMA) will host an opening reception for its new exhibit, Leon Bronstein: Between The Fantastic And The Real, from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, March 6, at the museum.

About the Exhibit

Leon Bronstein was born in 1951, in the Russian republic of Moldavia. He grew up in an era of intense state control, a time when artists that embraced Western influences were accused of committing acts of treason. The period between 1953 and 1962, known as Khrushchev’s “thaw,” marks the beginning of nonconformist art in Russia, when artists explored forbidden Western styles and trends. After 1962, despite a return to state controlled art, the punishments the nonconformist artists received were less severe and did not include execution.

In 1979, Bronstein took his family to Israel to escape the oppression and there his life took an unplanned turn when a small figure he carved from a piece of olive wood set a new and prolific career in motion.

The exhibition, Leon Bronstein: Between the Fantastic and the Real, shows the range and the evolution of Leon Bronstein’s work throughout more than 40-year career as a sculptor. From the humble beginning of carving in olive wood for tourists, to a successful career as an internationally recognized artist that now works with 3D computer modeling to design monumental sculpture for art in public spaces.  The exhibition includes sculptures in olive wood, bronze and aluminum, and drawings that inform the viewer about the process of creating his sculpture.

The exhibition will also include a section focusing on Bronstein’s process of developing and executing the site-specific sculpture All You Need Is Love, which will be installed in the Grand Center Arts District of Saint Louis. This section is meant to educate the public on how site-specific public art is conceived, executed, and presented for installation in a public space.

Bronstein's works are in corporate and private collections all around the world, from Argentina to United States, South Africa, Italy and Japan. The exhibition has been made possible thanks in large part to The Winter Family Collection.