[:en]Next year, an exhibition of 20th century Russian art, featuring the work of Modernist pioneer Kazimir Malevich will open at the Royal Academy of Arts on 11th February.
Revolution: Russian Art 1917-32 will feature over 30 works by Kazimir Malevich which were first exhibited together in 1932 at the State Russian Museum in what was Leningrad, today’s St Petersburg.
At the State Russian Museum exhibition entitled Artists of the Russian Federation over 15 Years, works by important post-revolutionary artists including Vladimir Tatlin and Pavel Filonov were curated by art critic Nikolai Punin.
Natalia Murray, lecturer in Russian art for London’s Courtauld Institute, has co-curated the exhibition at the Royal Academy. Murray commented: ”The 1932 exhibition was the most significant showcase of all the artistic movements which developed in the 15 years after the October 1917 Revolution.”
”Originally it was supposed to be in Moscow but they did not have a big enough gallery to house it; [it was shown] in 100 rooms of the Russian Museum in Leningrad, and included almost 2 000 works of art.”
Wassily Kandinsky, Blue Crest, 1917
Marc Chagall, La promenade, 1918
The show at the Royal Academy includes pieces loaned from the State Russian Museum and Moscow’s State Tretyakov Gallery. The exhibition has been curated according to the themes of Lenin’s status as a cult figure, Stalin’s ideas of Utopia and dictators. Important Russian artists such as Marc Chagall and Wassily Kandinsky will be part of the exhibition.