Revolution: Russian Art at the Royal Academy

Boris Mikailovich Kustodiev, Bolshevik, 1920

Oil on canvas, 101 x 140.5 cm

State Tretyakov Gallery

Photo (c) State Tretyakov Gallery

Running until April 17, 2017 an interesting and extensive exhibition at the Royal Academy Revolution: Russian Art 1917 – 1932 focuses on the period of Russian history which ended Tsarist rule. A time when both Lenin and Stalin were in power.

The exhibition features Avant-Garde artists including Chagall, Kandinsky and Malevich. The artistic landscape of post-Revolutionary Russia and the emergence of photography, sculpture, film, posters and porcelain are on display alongside paintings. The arts thrived until the end of 1932 when Stalin’s brutal suppression drew the curtain on creative freedom. Socialist Realism defined Communist art as the only style acceptable by the regime.

With over 200 works, the exhibition includes loans from the State Russian Museum in St Petersburg and the State Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow as well as some from the most significant international private collections. Many of the works have never been seen in the UK before.

I was fortunate enough to visit on a day when one of the 45-minute incredibly informative introductory tours was being held. Worth trying to visit either on a Wednesday at 2.30pm or Friday at 7pm to 31 March when these free tours take place.

Open until 10pm Friday also includes late night weekends
Related events include an art history and theory course on 25/26 March 10am – 5pm
Admission £18.00 Children under 16 and Friends of the RA go free.

Marc Chagall, Promenade, 1917-18

Oil on canvas, 175.2 x 168.4 cm

State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg

Photo (c) 2016, State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg

(c) DACS 2016

Royal Academy of Arts
Burlington House
Piccadilly, London W1J OBD.
T. 020 7300 8090

About Natasha Blair

Travel journalist who enjoys discovering new places in style, where possible, with her dog, a Coton de Tulear, called Poppy. Good food, not necessarily gourmet, is important as is the atmosphere as she also writes about restaurants. Culture is another love, and as she is based in London, she reviews theatre and art exhibitions.
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