Approximately fifty works on paper and canvas filled the fourth floor in this retrospective of Erik Bulatov (1933, Sverdlovsk). Bulatov trained at art school in Moscow during the Soviet period, but distanced himself from the official art scene and from Social Realism. However his pictorial language is influenced by Russian art history, specifically the early 20th-century avant-garde and Constructivism, as well as the 19th-century landscape tradition—the very tradition that the avant-garde so violently opposed. Bulatov was able to achieve a sort of synthesis of styles, in which the visual impact of his words produces a sense of tension, while also giving structure to the canvas composition, and defining a possible background (sky, landscape, or abstract). Bulatov used strong diagonals in his compositions to create the effect of depth in his paintings. He placed the self-reflexive ideal of Western Modernism directly up against the ideology of Communist propaganda art, incorporating elements of its typographical effects.