Oleg Tselkov – ‘ALTER EGO’, Alon Zakaim Fine Art, 5-7 Dover St. London W1, until 28thNovember 2014
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.
Russian Avant-Garde Theatre: War, Revolution and Design 1913 – 1933, V&A Museum, London SW7, until 25 January 2015
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.
‘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
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.
LEONID BORISOV – LESSONS IN GEOMETRY, Gallery Elena Shchukina, 10 Lees Place, Mayfair, London W1, until 16th January 2015
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.