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.Β  It was never publicly performed during Shostakovich’s lifetime.

MarkoΒ 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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