Revolution: Russian Art 1917 - 1932 at the Royal Academy of Arts

March 2017

More Information about Revolution: Russian Art 1917 - 1932 at the Royal Academy of Arts Tickets

More information about Revolution: Russian Art 1917 - 1932 at the Royal Academy of Arts tickets

Highlights
  • One hundred years on from the Russian Revolution
  • Explore one of the most momentous periods in modern world history
  • See art from a 15-year period between 1917 and 1932
  • When possibilities seemed limitless and Russian art flourished across every medium
  • Photography, sculpture, filmmaking by pioneers such as Eisenstein
  • Evocative propaganda posters from what was a golden era for graphic design
Schedule
Open from 11 February until 17 April 2017.

Opening times;
Saturday – Thursday 10am – 6pm
Friday 10am – 10pm
Description
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.
Additional Information
Please Note:
  • All customers must take their printed voucher to the Royal Academy ticket desk for redemption.
  • At busy times, there may be queuing involved to collect tickets.
  • Children under 16 get free admission, but a ticket still needs to be reserved
  • Please check the website before you visit for closures over the Christmas period.
Inclusions:
  • Entry to the exhibition
Exclusions:
  • Gratuities
Credit Image: 
Boris Kustodiev, The Bolshevik (detail), 1920. Oil on canvas, 101 x 140.5 cm. State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow. Photo © State Tretyakov Gallery.
Outside the Royal Academy of Arts. Photo: John Nassari.

Venue Information:
Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BD
Nearest Underground: Piccadilly Circus or Green Park
Bus Routes: 9, 14, 19, 22 or 38