One hundred years on from the Russian Revolution, this powerful exhibition explores one of the most momentous periods in modern world history through the lens of its groundbreaking art.
Renowned artists including Kandinsky, Malevich, Chagall and Rodchenko were among those to live through the fateful events of 1917, which ended centuries of Tsarist rule and shook Russian society to its foundations.
Amidst the tumult, the arts initially thrived as debates swirled over what form a new “people’s” art should take. But the optimism was not to last: by the end of 1932, Stalin’s brutal suppression had drawn the curtain down on creative freedom.
Taking inspiration from a remarkable exhibition shown in Russia just before Stalin’s clampdown, the RA will mark the historic centenary by focusing on the 15-year period between 1917 and 1932 when possibilities seemed limitless and Russian art flourished across every medium.
This far-ranging exhibition will – for the first time – survey the entire artistic landscape of post-Revolutionary Russia, encompassing Kandinsky’s boldly innovative compositions, the dynamic abstractions of Malevich and the Suprematists, and the emergence of Socialist Realism, which would come to define Communist art as the only style accepted by the regime.
|Duration||11 February 2017 - 17 April 2017|
|Times||10am-6pm Saturday-Thursday (last admission to galleries 5.30pm) 10am-10pm Friday (last admission to galleries 9.30pm)|
|Cost||£18 (without donation £16). Concessions available. Friends of the RA and under 16s go free.|
|Venue||Royal Academy of Arts|
|Address||Burlington House London W1J 0BD, ,|
|Contact||020 7300 8000 / firstname.lastname@example.org / www.royalacademy.org.uk/events/exhibitions|