Russian revolution sees paintings in UK for first time
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.