The legendary Arcadia glorified in the 15th century by the Italian poet Jacopo Sannazaro as the place of a happy and carefree life in the Koshelev’s paradoxical interpretation literally becomes the residence of Arkadys. Three great Soviet persons named Arcady — Raikin, Gaidar and Plastov — carry an irrational historical force that determines the fate of the people. The images here are extremely generalized, the artist concentrates more on capturing a social function or a mission performed by selected characters. Gaidar is a priest who sacrifices the life of a child for an utopian supreme goal. Raikin is a hypocrite-judge who assesses the powers that be with the glare of Hamlet. Plastov is an omnipotent puppeteer able to turn a painter's sketchbook into a den, where great human feelings are opened to the masses using a simple language. The artist is far from creating a flattened parody, as well as from postmodernist juggling of cliches of the epoch. In the triptych, Koshelev displays the “other life” of the Soviet cultural project, analyzing the connections that unify this seemingly obsolete system with today. V

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