Russian Avant-Garde - Revolution in the Arts
In 2022, as a sequel to 1917. Romanov & Revolution, the End of Monarchy (2017) the Hermitage Amsterdam will present the long-awaited exhibition Russian Avant-Garde - Revolution in the Arts. This exhibition tells an intriguing story of Russian avant-garde art, from the final years of Imperial Russia, through the turbulent times surrounding the Revolution of 1917, to its end in the Stalin era.
The Russian avant-gardes, which most famously included artists Kazimir Malevich and Wassily Kandinsky, became known for their radical innovations in painting. But they also devoted themselves to the design of interiors and theatre sets, utensils and books. By far the most surprising medium for the new artistic imagery was porcelain: the material traditionally preferred by the tsars. It was readily available and completely white, reasons that led many artists to work with it. So much of it has been preserved that porcelain can tell the entire story of the Russian avant-garde like no other material. About five hundred works on canvas, paper, textiles and especially porcelain, will display the avant-gardes’ imagination, that of their predecessors and their followers. They demonstrate a revolution in the arts.
This exhibition is on view from 29 January 2022.