SOME RUSSIAN ART ON SHOW IN LONDON

Oleg Tselkov – ‘ALTER EGO’, Alon Zakaim Fine Art, 5-7 Dover St. London W1, until 28thNovember 2014

Oleg Tselkov (b. 1934) Portrait with mask 2002 oil on canvas 100 x 100cm Credit Oleg Tselkov.

Oleg Tselkov (b. 1934)
Portrait with mask
2002
oil on canvas
100 x 100cm
Credit Oleg Tselkov.

Now in his eightieth year Oleg Tselkov is one of the most highly regarded and influential artists of his generation. His vibrant, powerful works have immediate impact as the figures are universal.

www.alonzakaim.com

 

Russian Avant-Garde Theatre: War, Revolution and Design 1913 – 1933, V&A Museum, London SW7, until 25 January 2015

     Costume design for Bedbug     1929     Alexander Rodchenko     © A. A. Bakhrushin State Central Theatre Museum


Costume design for Bedbug
1929
Alexander Rodchenko
© A. A. Bakhrushin State Central Theatre Museum

This exhibition which is organised in collaboration with the A. A. Bakhrushin State Central Theatre Museum shows how both the Revolution and the First World War were elements in the transformation of Russian theatre into the avant-garde. The new genre of theatrical productions saw artists, musicians and performers all working together and it also enabled exciting new designs such as the futuristic ensembles which were created by Alexander Rodchenko for The Bedbug (1929), a satirical play by Vladimir Mayakovsky.

www.vam.ac.uk

 

‘A Game in Hell’: The First World War in Russia, GRAD: Gallery for Russian Arts and Design, 3-4a Little Portland Street, London W1, until 30th November 2014

Vladimir Malevich,  Modern Lubok Postcard, 1914-1917.  Courtesy Anthony d'Offay and GRAD

Vladimir Malevich,
Modern Lubok Postcard, 1914-1917.
Courtesy Anthony d’Offay and GRAD

This exhibition looks at the significance, both artistically and historically, of the First World War, the 1917 Revolution and the ensuing Civil War. Using contemporaneous materials, many being shown for the first time, it shows personal, public and artistic response, including work by Vladimir Mayakovsky and Kazimir Malevich, whose work and influence you will encounter elsewhere in these exhibitions.

As one might expect the show also encompasses the birth of the Russia’s avant-garde which was influenced by popular prints and children’s’ drawings. It is an important exhibition as many of the items, drawn from the superb collection of Sergei Shestakov, are remarkable survivals given the nature of their materials.

www.grad-london.com

 

LEONID BORISOV – LESSONS IN GEOMETRY, Gallery Elena Shchukina, 10 Lees Place, Mayfair, London W1, until 16th January 2015

Leonid Borisov,  Heaven and Earth, 1978,  oil on canvas, metal,  64 x 110cm

Leonid Borisov,
Heaven and Earth, 1978,
oil on canvas, metal,
64 x 110cm

Leonid Borisov (1943-2013) is an artist whose works combined the influences of the Moscow art scene and those of the American abstract art while remaining rooted within the Russian avant-garde traditions. His geometric works place him as part of Soviet Nonconformist Art (1953–1986). It is the first exhibition of his works in the UK.

 

http://www.galleryelenashchukina.com

 

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