Revolution: Russian Art 1917—1932 at the Royal Academy: 11 February – 17 April 2017

Andrey Golubev, Red spinner, 1930.  Cotton Print, direct printing chintz. 17.5 x 27 cm. The Burilin Ivanovo Museum of Local History Photo © Provided with assistance from the State Museum and Exhibition Center ROSIZO.

Spanning the 15 years between the start of the Russian Revolution (1917) and Stalin’s clampdown (1932) on the flourishing new ‘art of the people’, the exhibition includes works by Kandinsky, Malevich, Chagall and Rodchenko.  The exhibition “survey[s] 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.” Royal Academy of Arts – Russian Exhibition 

Kuzma Petrov-Vodkin, Fantasy, 1925. Oil on canvas. 50 x 64.5 cm.

State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg Photo © 2016, State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg.