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Exhibition begins at Royal Academy – Revolution: Russian Art (1917–32)

posted on 09/02/17

An exhibition of art from post-revolutionary Russia begins on 11 February at the Royal Academy of Arts, marking 100 years since the Russian Revolution.

It spans works by Abstract painter Kandinsky, Suprematism pioneer Malevich, and the development of Communist art, which ultimately was the only style accepted by the regime. Also featured is sculpture, photography, the early filmmaking of Eisenstein, sculptures and even a full-size recreation of a communal apartment.

The exhibition shows how in this 15-year period Russian artists flourished in depicting their (ultimately unfulfilled) aspiration for a free new age, and conversely in expressing the violent reality of the revolution and its aftermath. This brief 'golden age' of Russian art was abruptly ended by Stalin’s clampdown on creative expression in 1932.

We are running 4 departures of our St Petersburg tour this year, which visits the grand palaces of the Romanovs, nobility and merchants, as well as the outstanding art collections of the Hermitage and Russian Museum.


By Miles Rowland, Digital Marketing Assistant.


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