The circus, skits, and comedy in Russian paintings from the past century

In painting, the circus gave rise to the plastic scenic experiments of the beginning of the 20th century, while the artist himself became transformed into an illusionist, clown equilibrist, or eccentric. Applying circus rhetoric, artists were able to speak about serious subjects in the language of frivolity. // Sketch design of jazz-clowning “Victims of the Gramophone”, Leningrad Circus, 1933

In painting, the circus gave rise to the plastic scenic experiments of the beginning of the 20th century, while the artist himself became transformed into an illusionist, clown equilibrist, or eccentric. Applying circus rhetoric, artists were able to speak about serious subjects in the language of frivolity. // Sketch design of jazz-clowning “Victims of the Gramophone”, Leningrad Circus, 1933

MMOMA, press photo
The exhibition “Playing the Circus” at the Moscow Museum of Modern Art encourages visitors to ponder the nature of the circus and its role in the formation of Russian culture.

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