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Revolution: Russian Art 1917-1932 at the Royal Academy of Arts



Friday 24th March


8:30 am to 9:45 am (breakfast optional)

Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly

Price Member (please login) Free
Price Non-Member £60.00




Friday 24th March 2017


8:30 am at Royal Academy of Arts

8:45 am – 9:45 am tour with Francoise Durrance

9:45 am breakfast



Discover with a curator and before opening hours the Royal Academy’s latest exhibition on Revolution: Russian Art 1917-1932. The tour will be exclusively commented by Francoise Durrance, Royal Academy senior lecturer,  who will provide us with a grounding to fully enjoy the exhibition.



Royal Academy of Arts, 1 Piccadilly, London W1J 0BD



To mark one hundred years since the Russian Revolution, the Royal Academy is putting on an important exhibition of Russian art produced after the October 1917 Bolshevik Revolution and before Stalin’s brutal period of censorship.

The exhibition is a significant display of the avant-garde art that flourished in the atmosphere of artistic freedom and exploration that followed the Revolution by artists such as Kandinsky, Chagall and Malevich. The show includes paintings, sculpture and photography as well as propaganda images and everyday objects that will bring to life the experience of Soviet Russia. In stark contrast with the expressive richness of post-revolutionary art in Russia will be the rooms of Social Realist art that became the only style acceptable form of art once Stalin took over, with monumental portraits of a burly-armed proletariat. From abstract, theoretical, constructivist or otherwise difficult works to propagandist art.

The entire show takes its shape from a 1932 exhibition at the State Russian Museum in Leningrad. All of the works were first seen together in a landmark exhibition in 1932 held at the State Russian Museum in Leningrad, now St Petersburg.