This new exhibition marks 100 years since the Russian Revolution and how it was captured by the artists working during that time. But what have critics been saying about it?
The Guardian: **** “There is much to surprise, but less as visual pleasure than as a way of conveying the clamour, aspirations and contradictions of the times.”
Evening Standard: **** “This sprawling but captivating show hammers home the grim Soviet reality.”
The Telegraph: **** “This is history made resonant and relevant.”
Londonist: **** “This massive exhibition is absorbing throughout. There are many brilliant works on display, and the art provides a remarkable insight into a pivotal moment in Russian history.”
The Quietus: “If it’s possible to have an exhibition that’s baffling and illuminating in equal measure, it’s probably this one.”
Time Out: **** “All of this is fascinating and absorbing, but so confusing and incoherent. Why jump between eras? Where’s the narrative thread? How are we meant to understand all that we’re seeing? This was a difficult time in history, and the show doesn’t make much sense of it.”
Culture Whisper: “this transporting show will free Russian history from textbooks.”
London Visitors: “This intriguing exhibition provides evidence how the 1917 Revolution provided a massive impetus for artist and others to create a brave new world.”
The exhibition brings together the work of artists such as Kandinsky, Malevich, Chagall and Rodchenko, all of whom lived through the events of 1917. It has been inspired by an exhibition that was shown in Russia just before Stalin’s clampdown.
Revolution: Russian Art 1917-1932 will be on display until the 17th April. For more information and to book tickets visit: https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibition/revolution-russian-art