Rus­sian revo­lu­tion sees paint­ings in UK for first time

Timeless Travels Magazine - - ART ROUNDUP -

Royal Academy, Lon­don Show­ing un­til: 17 April 2017

One hun­dred years on from the Rus­sian Revo­lu­tion, Rus­sian Revo­lu­tion: Rus­sian

Art 1917-1932, fo­cuses on a mo­men­tous pe­riod in Rus­sian his­tory be­tween 1917, the year of the Oc­to­ber Revo­lu­tion, and 1932 when Stalin be­gan his vi­o­lent sup­pres­sion of the Avant-Garde.

The ex­hi­bi­tion fea­tures artists such as Cha­gall, Kandin­sky, Male­vich and Tatlin along­side the So­cial­ist Re­al­ism of Brod­sky, Deineka, Mukhina and Samokhvalov, amongst others, with pho­tog­ra­phy, sculp­ture, film, posters and porce­lain fea­tured along­side the paint­ings. It presents a unique pe­riod in the his­tory of Rus­sian art, when for fif­teen years, bar­ri­ers were opened and the pos­si­bil­i­ties for build­ing a new pro­le­tar­ian art for the new Soviet State were ex­ten­sive. But the op­ti­mism was not to last: by the end of 1932, Stalin’s bru­tal sup­pres­sion had drawn the cur­tain down on cre­ative free­dom.

With over 200 works, the ex­hi­bi­tion in­cludes loans from the State Rus­sian Mu­seum in St. Peters­burg, the State Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow as well as in­ter­na­tional pri­vate col­lec­tions. Many of the works have never been seen in the UK be­fore.

Boris Mikhailovich Kus­todiev, Bol­she­vik, 1920.

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