An installation reflected in a mirror at the top of a hall at the Pushkin Museum in MoscowAP
One of the most anticipated art events of the year in Moscow is an exhibition that looks at the Russian Revolution through the art of acclaimed Chinese artist, Cai Guo-Qiang. Large canvases, as well as small works and video art installations, were specially created for this exhibition. Guo-Qiang’s technique is based on burning gunpowder poured on the canvas.
Visitors to the Pushkin Museum can for the first time see not only finished
The exhibition begins outside the museum building with a large-scale installation, “Fall,” which looks like a pile of baby carriages donated by citizens, and birch trees growing from them. This is both a metaphor of children’s dreams and an allusion to a fragment of Sergei Eisenstein’s legendary film, Battleship Potemkin, which features a baby carriage rolling down the staircase.
The exhibition runs until Nov. 12. Tickets and more information can be found here.
'Bolshevik,' 1920 by Boris KustodievThe State Tretyakov Gallery
The State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow’s leading collection of Russian art, also felt obliged to mark the anniversary, and it has gathered about 120 art masterpieces from Russian and foreign museums (including Pompidou Center in Paris, and Tate Modern in London). Curators took an unusual approach and show paintings made in 1917 that surprisingly don’t reflect the upheavals of the Revolution. These artists seem not to pay attention to the tumultuous events, and keep on drawing portraits, stills and idyllic paintings of peasant life, for example, the works of Boris Kustodiyev and Zinaida Serebryakova.
Among the most famous artists on display are Kazimir Malevich, Kuzma Petrov-Vodkin, Boris Grigoriev, Alexander Rodchenko, Vassily Kandinsky and many more talented artists.
The exhibition runs until Jan. 14, (at the New Tretyakov Gallery on Krymsky Val).
'Freedom Loan: War till Victory' poster by P. Buchko, Petrograd, 1917Maksim Blinov/RIA Novosti
This exhibition is a historical chronicle of October 1917, showing rare items from the time of the Revolution, such as the personal notes of Vladimir Lenin, propaganda porcelain, and personal belongings of other major revolutionary participants. There are more than 1,500 items in total.
The exhibition runs until Nov. 12. For more information click here.
Jewish organizations during the May Day demonstration at Marsovo Pole in Petrograd. 1919 (Unknown author)The Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center
One of Moscow’s newest and most modern museums, the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center, shows the cultural, political and religious development of Russia's Jewish community during the years of the Revolution and the Civil War (1917-1920).
This is a multimedia exhibition that shows a timeline of events, as well as participants’ testimonies in the first person. Fine art, photography, books, theater and propaganda posters introduce visitors to the variety of Jewish life, and to the work of the best Jewish artists, among which are El Lissitzky,
The exhibition opens on Oct. 17 and runs until Jan. 14, 2018.
From a Soviet pavilion of the 'Press' exhibition in Cologne, 1928The Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center
Two great museums unite to show a retrospective of the leading avant-garde artist, El Lissitzky, a trendsetter of early
The Jewish Museum starts with the pre-
The Institute of Russian Realist ArtPress photo / The Institute of Russian Realist Art
When the Revolution happened artist Alexander Labas was only 17 years old. “I tried constantly to be outside, I was captured by this rhythm, shootings, crowds of soldiers and trucks with Red Army soldiers,” he recalled. “I incredibly feel that era, and those images pursue me.”
Labas’ paintings had a strong impact on official Soviet art. The titles of his works in the exhibition say more than other words: “Sailor,” “October night,” and “Morning after
The exhibition runs until Dec. 1. Click here for more information.
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