Article Tools

Exhibition: Chagall to Malevich - The Russian Avant-Gardes

Published: February 15, 2016; 19:00 · (FriedlNews)

The period from 1910 to 1920 was the heyday of the Russian avant-garde. Reason enough for the Albertina to dedicate an exhibition to Chagall, Malevich and Co.

Marc Chagall: Der Spaziergang 1917-1918 / Picture: © Albertina Wien

The Russian avant-garde numbers amongst the most diverse and radical chapters of the Modern era.

At no other time in the history of art were so many schools and artists' associations founded as between 1910 and 1920 in Russia.

Each group positioned itself against the past but also against the competing groupings of the time.

The Albertina is showing 130 masterpieces from this art epoch, including paintings by Marc Chagall, Kazimir Malevich, Wassily Kandinsky, Mikhail Larionov and Natalia Goncharova.

All works illustrate the fundamentally different styles and their dynamic development, from Primitivism to Cubo-Futurism and Suprematism.

The Russian avant-garde deals with a renewal in all areas of art.

The artists create using different and to some extent contrary contents and ideas: on the one hand, the modern Western European Avant-garde serves as a point of orientation, which produces such revolutionary forms of expression as Fauvism and Cubism with Van Gogh, Matisse, Picasso and Braque in Paris.

On the other, the Russian artists deal with the reference to the folkloric painting tradition of their homeland.

Chagall to Malevich. The Russian Avant-Gardes

26 February - 26 June 2016
Albertinaplatz 1 , 1010 Wien

T: +43 1 534 83 0