The “Mystery of the XX Century” picture can be compared in its action with the explosion of an atomic bomb. its first version was written in 1977, when Soviet art choked from loyal love to Lenin, Khrushchev, the CPSU and was strictly limited to the framework of the lie of socialist realism. The artist performed a titanic work, showing in his picture through concrete images of people the apocalyptic existence of the 20th century. The
How should one have civil courage and fearlessness, in order to express this uncompromising truth in those days of totalitarian terror! Moreover, the artist refused the long-awaited exhibition, but did not withdraw from the exposition at the request of leading officials “The Mystery of the 20th Century,” despite threats from
Ilya Sergeyevich completed his work on a new version of the world-famous “Mystery.” This was dictated by the need to take an artistic and philosophical view of the deep essence of the events of the last quarter of the last century (“perestroika”, the collapse of the USSR, privatization and the accession of democracy in Russia ), which naturally required an increase in the size of the picture. And, finally, in the new version, the author painted his portrait right already in accordance with his age (in 2000, Glazunov was 70 years old).