PREVIEW: Royal Academy of Arts to Present Revolution: Russian Art 1917-1932

The Royal Academy of Arts has confirmed that it will be presenting a major exhibition from February 2017, focusing on a major part of Russian History and featuing the work of artists such as Chagall, Kandinsky, Malevich and Tatlin. 

Running from the 11th February until the 17th April 2017, Revolution: Russian Art will focus on the period between 1917, the year of the October Revolution and 1932 when Stalin began his suppression of the Avant-Garde, bringing together more than 200 works examining this unique period in Russian art.

The exhibition will include photography, sculpture, film and posters alongside paintings which show a period of Russian art when barriers were opened and  the possibilities for a new form of art for a new Soviet State were limitless. It will include objects on loan from the State Russian Museum in St Petersburg and the State Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow as well as some of the most significant international private collections.

Revolution: Russian Art 1917-1932 will commemorate the centenary of the Russian Revolution and will be arranged around broad themes, each exploring the link between art and politics.

Highlights include a gallery that will feature 30 paintings and architectons by Malevich, with the works being shown together for the first time since 1932. There will also be a room dedicated to the work of Kuzma Petrov-Vodkin.

Among the paintings that will be displayed include Marc Chagall’s Promenade, 1917 – 18 (State Russian Museum, St Petersburg), Wassily Kandinsky’s Blue Crest, 1917 (State Russian Museum, St Petersburg), Boris Mikailovich Kustodiev’s Bolshevik, 1920 (State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow) and Kuzma Petrov-Vodkin’s Fantasy, 1925 (State Russian Museum, St Petersburg).

Revolution: Russian Art 1917-1932 will be on display at the Royal Academy of Arts from the 11th February to the 17th April 2017. For more information and to book tickets visit:


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