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Russian Avant-Garde: Pioneers and Direct Descendants Exhibition

Dec 4, 2018 - Feb 3, 2019

Russian art

Organised in collaboration with the world-renowned State Tretyakov Gallery, the exhibition represents a key highlight of the hugely popular Qatar Russia 2018 Year of Culture. The exhibition is sponsored by the Russian oil company Rosneft and curated by the Head of the Contemporary Art Department at the State Tretyakov Gallery, Irina Gorlova. It will showcase 81 artworks from some of the most influential and significant figures in Russian art history.

About the Exhibition

Motivated by revolutionary changes and rapid scientific advances at the beginning of the 20th century, Russian art stepped into a new period of discovery with members of the avant-garde movement creating works influenced by these developments. Interrupted in the 1930s, this experimentation was revisited in the 1950s in the art of ‘the descendants’. The artists of the post-war generation explored groundbreaking technologies, focusing their works mainly on movement, light and sound as fundamental elements of art. By interweaving artworks of the early pioneers with pieces from the mid to late-20th century, the exhibition demonstrates the unexpected parallels between the two generations of artists who broke with tradition and produced radical artistic innovations.

Some of Russia’s best-known artists is featured in the exhibition, including avant-garde pioneers such as Vladimir Tatlin, Alexander Rodchenko, Lyubov Popova and Mikhail Matyushin; as well as the ‘descendants’ inspired by their work such as Yuri Zlotnikov, Vyacheslav Koleichuk, Francisco Infante-Arana, Rimma Zanevskaya-Sapgir, and Mikhail Roginsky, amongst others.

State Tretyakov Gallery

The State Tretyakov Gallery is an acclaimed museum and a major scientific, cultural, educational, and research complex in Russia. With over 190,000 paintings, sculptures, relics, and graphic works housed among several buildings across Moscow, the Tretyakov Gallery is the leading depository of Russian fine art in the world. It is currently headed by Zelfira Tregulova, an art historian and curator of various international projects in leading Russian and international museums.

The exhibition will mark the end of the rich and varied programme organised as part of the Qatar Russia 2018 Year of Culture.

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