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In Moscow, within the framework of the project “Here and Now: Contemporary Art on the Streets of the City”, one and a half dozen works by contemporary Russian artists have been exhibited. One of them was the “Vase of Flowers” by the Russian sculptor Igor Shelkovsky, which appeared in “Zaryadye” (it can be seen there until the end of October). Shelkovsky is a non-conformist artist. In the 1970s, he left the Soviet Union for Paris – and began to introduce the Western public to unofficial Russian art. In emigration, for 10 years he published the magazine of underground art “A-Z”, where the texts of Boris Groys and Dmitry Prigov, works by Erik Bulatov, Ivan Chuikov, Fyodor Semenov-Amursky and many others were first published. The works of the 85-year-old artist are kept in the Pompidou Center, the Russian Museum, the Tretyakov Gallery, the Museum of Modern Art in Vienna, the American Museum Zimmerli and other museums around the world. Meduza spoke with Shelkovsky about public art in Russia today.