This February, to commemorate the centenary of the Russian Revolution, the Royal Academy of Arts will present its new landmark exhibition Revolution: Russian Art 1917 – 1932.
The exhibition will focus 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. It will throw a magnifying glass over a remarkable creative period in Russian history, when for fifteen years, barriers were opened and the possibilities for building a new proletarian art for the new Soviet State were extensive.
Featuring Avant-Garde artists such as Chagall, Kandinsky and Malevich alongside the Socialist Realism of Brodsky, Mukhina and Samokhvalov, the exhibition will include over 200 works from the State Russian Museum in St Petersburg and the State Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow as well as some of the most significant international private collections.
Image: Kuzma Petrov-Vodkin, Fantasy, 1925; Oil on canvas, 50 x 64.5 cm; Photo (c) 2016, State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg
Taking inspiration from a 1932 exhibition at the State Russian Museum in Leningrad, photography, sculpture, film, posters and porcelain will be featured alongside paintings, many of which have never been seen in the UK before. The human experience will be brought to life with a full-scale recreation of an apartment designed for communal living, and with everyday objects ranging from ration coupons and textiles to brilliantly original Soviet porcelain.
Revolution: Russian Art 1917–1932
Royal Academy of Arts, London
11 February – 17 April 2017