ST PETTERSBURG GALLERY

RUSSIAN REVOLUTION IN ART
RUSSIAN AVANT-GARDE: 1910-1932

3 April - 20 September 2014

St Petersburg Gallery is proud to present the new exhibition “Russian Revolution in Art, Russian Avant-Garde: 1910-1932”. In selecting artworks for the show, the curators focused on one of the most important artistic polarities of the Modernist period: figurative versus non-figurative art. A wave of artistic movements and trends had originally brought together a large number of artists, all proclaiming the independence of art from the objective world. Each of these artists continued to follow their own paths to abstraction and non-figurativeness, thereby creating new plastic, colour and rhythmic compositions.

This exciting new show features more than sixty paintings, works on paper, sculptures and craftworks by groundbreaking Russian artists such as Wassily Kandinsky, Mikhail Larionov and Natalia Goncharova - as well as visionaries from Kazimir Malevich’s artistic circle including Ivan Kliun, Ilya Chashnik, and David Yakerson. The leaders of the St Petersburg avant-garde also star from Mikhail Matyushin and his pupil Boris Ender to the constructivist artists Alexander Vesnin and Vladimir Stenberg. Renowned amazons of the Russian avant-garde Alexandra Exter, Lyubov Popova, Olga Rozanova, Nadezhda Udaltsova and Varvara Stepanova complete the exhibition line up. The real discoveries for many will be the works of Soviet porcelain, executed by Suprematist artists Ilya Chashnik and Nikolai Suetin who both sought to express the utopian ideal of material reality transformed through art. Exhibited alongside these fascinating pieces are rare sketches for porcelain painting, created by Wassily Kandinsky just before his departure to Germany in 1921

All works presented have the added benefit of an intriguing exhibition and publication history: Vyacheslav Levkievsky's painting Tramway was displayed in the 1914 exhibition №4, a show that Larionov described as uniting artists that were 'not in any way related to each other apart from their youth, their forward-looking vision and their problem-solving approach in the realm of painting while nevertheless being likeminded in their thoughts and feelings'; Pavel Mansurov's Formula II was first displayed in the 1919 1st Free State Exhibition of Works of Art in the Winter Palace, renamed as the Palace of Art; Colour Composition by Alexander Vesnin witnessed the interest towards the Russian avant-garde in Moscow at the 1919 10th State Exhibition of Non-objective Creation and Suprematism, and went on to achieve worldwide recognition at one of the most significant exhibitions of the past decades: The Great Utopia. Russian and Soviet Avant-Garde 1915-1932.

TThe exhibition is an exclusive chance to see rare items such as illustrations by Lubov Popova up close. These original catalogue cover designs were first created for the 1921 5x5=25 exhibition in Moscow, and happened to feature Alexandra Exter's Colour Construction - also now on display at St Petersburg Gallery. And a particular draw to this show is one of the miraculously preserved works of Vladimir Stenberg: Polytechnic Assemblage, 1920.

Russian Revolution in Art, Russian Avant-Garde: 1910-1932, at St Petersburg Gallery from April 3rd until September 20th 2014.