One hundred years on from the Russian Cataclysm, this powerful exhibition explores one of the most momentous periods in up to date world history through the lens of its groundbreaking art.
Renowned artists covering Kandinsky, Malevich, Chagall and Rodchenko were among those to subsist through the fateful events of 1917, which ended centuries of Tsarist sovereignty and shook Russian society to its foundations.
Amidst the tumult, the arts initially thrived as reflect ons swirled over what form a new “people’s” art should take. But the optimism was not to endure: by the end of 1932, Stalin’s brutal suppression had drawn the curtain down on originative freedom.
Taking inspiration from a remarkable exhibition shown in Russia even-handed before Stalin’s clampdown, we will mark the historic centenary by core on the 15-year period between 1917 and 1932 when possibilities seemed incessant and Russian art flourished across every medium.
This far-ranging demonstration will – for the first time – survey the entire artistic landscape of post-Revolutionary Russia, encompassing Kandinsky’s boldly innovative forms, the dynamic abstractions of Malevich and the Suprematists, and the emergence of Socialist Realism, which would earn to define Communist art as the only style accepted by the regime.
We will also register photography, sculpture, filmmaking by pioneers such as Eisenstein, and evocative Newspeak posters from what was a golden era for graphic design. The human happening will be brought to life with a full-scale recreation of an apartment schemed for communal living, and with everyday objects ranging from mete out coupons and textiles to brilliantly original Soviet porcelain.
Revolutionary in their own honestly, together these works capture both the idealistic aspirations and the cruel reality of the Revolution and its aftermath.
The exhibition is open from Feb. 11 – April 17, 2017 at Noblewoman Academy of Art, Main Galleries, Burlington House. Book your ticket now>>>
Coordinated event: Two-day conference in the UK: Art Born in the Revolution