Revolution : Russian Art 1917–1932

Royal Academy of Arts, London

11 February — 17 April 2017


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, we 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.We will also include photography, sculpture, filmmaking by pioneers such as Eisenstein, and evocative propaganda posters from what was a golden era for graphic design. 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.Revolutionary in their own right, together these works capture both the idealistic aspirations and the harsh reality of the Revolution and its aftermath.

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A Revolutionary Impulse: The Rise of the Russian Avant-Garde / MOMA / New-York

MOMA, New-York

December 3, 2016–March 12, 2017


Bringing together major works from MoMA’s extraordinary collection, the exhibition features breakthrough projects in painting, drawing, sculpture, prints, book and graphic design, film, photography, and architecture by leading figures such as Alexandra Exter, Natalia Goncharova, El Lissitzky, Kazimir Malevich, Vladimir Mayakovsky, Lyubov Popova, Alexandr Rodchenko, Olga Rozanova, Vladimir and Georgii Stenberg, and Dziga Vertov, among others.

In anticipation of the centennial of the Russian Revolution, this exhibition examines key developments and new modes of abstraction, including Suprematism and Constructivism, as well as avant-garde poetry, film, and photomontage. The remarkable sense of creative urgency, radical cross-fertilization, and synthesis within the visual arts—and the aspirations among the Russian avant-garde to affect unprecedented sociopolitical transformation—wielded an influence on art production in the 20th century that reverberates throughout the course of modern history.

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CENTENARY OF THE RUSSIAN REVOLUTION (1917-2017) / Barcelona / 25-27 octobre 2017

Faculty of Geography and History of the University of Barcelona. Deadline : 30 octobre 2016

The Russian Revolution of 1917 is one of the events that more deeply marked the so-called short Twentieth Century, which began in 1914 with World War I and ended in 1991 with the demise of the Soviet Union, two milestones closely linked with the Revolution itself.

We are facing a fact that pierced Russian borders, shaking the political and social life of much of the world; that served both as a reference and as a specter in mobilizing all the energies and resources in many countries; and that led to the formation of a political, economic and military power that was a protagonist of the great historical events of the past century.

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Octobre 1917 : nouvelles approches historiographiques

À l’occasion des commémorations du centenaire des révolutions russes de 1917, le Centre d’études des mondes russe, caucasien et centre-européen (Cercec), en partenariat avec le Labex Tepsis, propose, durant l’année universitaire 2016-2017, un cycle de séminaires intitulé

« Octobre 1917 : nouvelles approches historiographiques »

Ces séminaires sont destinés à mettre en dialogue les historiens travaillant au renouvellement des recherches sur 1917 et leurs collègues issus d’autres disciplines des sciences sociales ou travaillant sur les ruptures révolutionnaires dans d’autres aires géographiques. Cette confrontation des disciplines et des aires concernées permettra d’enrichir les réflexions sur les circulations du modèle révolutionnaire après 1917.

Ils sont organisés dans le cadre du séminaire central du Cercec (Les lundis de 17h à 19h, salle 2, 105 Bd Raspail, 75006 Paris)

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