“Soothsayers of Oncoming”. Russian Avant-garde in the 1910s and 1920s
Russian Avant-garde has “taught a lesson” to the art of the 20th century. It is still relevant in the 21th century. How Russian artists presciently managed to discern new forms and paths of the world art remains an enigma that every Avant-garde exhibition tries to solve.
“Soothsayers of Oncoming” Project is another attempt to do it. The exhibition incorporates masterpieces of painting and graphics from many public collections and artefacts of the epoch. It includes exhibition posters, declarations and manifests, artists’ and poets’ photos, and other exhibits. Such a wide range of Avant-garde display items has become available due to the involvement of our premier partner — The Mayakovsky State Museum.
The earliest Avant-garde movement — neoprimitivism — is presented by works by Mikhail Larionov, Natalia Goncharova, David Burliuk, and by such members of “Knave Of Diamonds” (“Bubnovy Valet”) and “The Union of Youth” (“Soyuz Molodyozhi”) artistic groups as Ilya Mashkov, Pyotr Konchalovsky, Robert Falk, Aristarkh Lentulov, and some other innovators. Futurism and Cubo-Futurism are presented by works of Vladimir Mayakovsky, Nadezhda Udaltsova, Natan Pevzner, Vera Pestel, Lubov Popova, and Pyotr Subbotin-Permyak.
Rayonism will be introduced to the audience by its founders — Natalia Goncharova and Mikhail Larionov. Wassily Kandinsky’s, Alexey Yavlensky’s, and Vladimir Behteev’s masterpieces will present Abstract art and Expressionism. Suptematism was developed by Kazimir Malevich, Olga Rosanova, Ivan Klyun, and Sergey Senkin. Constructivism and utilitarian art are represented by El Lissitzky, Gustav Klutsis, and Varvara Stepanova.
A separate part of the exhibition will introduce visitors to one of the brightest and multifaceted artists of post-war Avant-garde Alexander Rodchenko. The exposition consists of easel “Non-objective compositions” from the EMFA and the
One of the rooms will be dedicated to “the union of poetry and painting” executed in a unique phenomenon of a “futuristic book”. A characteristic feature of Russian Avant-garde is interaction of different art forms. Many poets — Vladimir Mayakovsky, David Burliuk, Alexey Kruchenykh, Vasyli Kamensky — turned to graphics and painting, and artists —Olga Rozanova, Kazemir Malevich, Mikhail Larionov and others — became poets, writers, and theorists.
Artists’ and poets’ graphic portraits and archival photos are also exhibited.
The exposition occupies rooms on the first and the second floors of the museum building at