The work, simply known as “Rayok” or “The Peep-show,” mocks and satirizes the anti-formalism campaign in the Soviet arts during the late-1940’s that sought to stifle any art that did not conform to the official Soviet cultural policy and resulted in a sustained campaign of persecution and criticism and toward many of the Soviet Union’s foremost composers including Shostakovich himself.¬† It was never publicly performed during Shostakovich’s lifetime.

Marko¬†Remec ’80 is an investment banker-turned-artist. His experience may provide guidance and a lesson for new graduates and those about to graduate:


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