Mon­day Rev­o­lu­tion: New Art For A New World 9pm, BBC Four

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CON­TIN­U­ING the sea­son mark­ing the 100th an­niver­sary of the Rus­sian Rev­o­lu­tion, Margy Kin­month’s par­tially drama­tised doc­u­men­tary cap­tures both the ex­cite­ment of the early Soviet ex­per­i­ment in art, and its tragedy, as any ex­per­i­men­ta­tion was later crushed. Fo­cus­ing on artists like Cha­gall, Kandin­sky, Rod­chenko and Male­vich, the film ex­plores how the avant garde flour­ished af­ter the Oc­to­ber 1917 rev­o­lu­tion, push­ing for­ward a new modernism. Kin­month brings their work fur­ther to life by in­ter­view­ing their de­scen­dants, some of them artists them­selves. The sto­ries grow darker as they re­count how their an­ces­tors suf­fered fol­low­ing Lenin’s death, as Stalin be­gan purges on free thinkers, and dic­tated a strictly lim­ited art. Stay tuned for a pre­miere of Leviathan (10.20pm), Rus­sian direc­tor An­drey Zvyag­int­sev’s strange, slow, grind­ing 2014 drama, which sparked con­tro­versy in his home­land. The tale of a me­chanic los­ing ev­ery­thing when the lo­cal mayor de­cides he wants his prop­erty, it moves on waves of al­co­hol, cor­rup­tion, cyn­i­cism, his­tory and hope­less­ness.

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