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Russian Avant-garde: Pioneers and Direct Descendants

04 December 2018 - 03 February 2019

Curated by Irina Gorlova

The State Tretyakov Gallery, the leading reservoir of Russian fine art in the world, presents iconic masterpieces for the first time ever in Doha as part of Qatar-Russia 2018 Year of Culture. The exhibition traces the connections between the artworks by revolutionary pioneers of the early 20th century such as Kazimir Malevich, Vladimir Tatlin, Alexander Rodchenko and Mikhail Matyushin in comparison to the creations of the artists of the avant-garde second wave.

The most radical discoveries of the century manifested itself not only in the development of new forms, but also in the affirmation of innovative ways of overcoming prevalent traditional techniques and materials. This global experiment which aimed to literally transform the world was revived towards the end of the 1950s in the art of the descendants. These artists of the postwar generation shifted their focus mainly to movement, light and sound as fundamental elements of art.

The experimentation in media on view from the paintings to graphic art, photographs and model reconstructions are evidence of how the Russian avant-garde forever changed the course of not only art history, but architecture, scientific progress and technology.

Organised by The State Tretyakov Gallery

The State Tretyakov Gallery, an internationally-acclaimed museum of vast renown, is also a major scientific, cultural, educational, and research complex in Russia. Ever since 1856, when merchant and museum benefactor Pavel Tretyakov first began acquiring his private collection, the Gallery has evolved over a century of war, transportation, renovation, and expansion, into the largest archive of Russian art in the world today. With over 190,000 paintings, sculptures, relics, and graphic works housed among several illustrious buildings across Moscow, the Gallery’s collection not only remains the ultimate historical resource for Russian art, but also stands testament to the changing tides of Russian life itself.

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Francisco Infante-Arana (b. 1943), "Suprematist Games", 1968, Colour photo printing on paper, 50 x 50 cm. State Tretyakov Gallery.
Francisco Infante-Arana (b. 1943), "Suprematist Games", 1968, Colour photo printing on paper, 50 x 50 cm. State Tretyakov Gallery.
Yuri Zlotnikov (1930 - 2013), "Signaling System", 1959, Gouache on paper, 83.5 х 59.5 cm. State Tretyakov Gallery.
Yuri Zlotnikov (1930 - 2013), "Signaling System", 1959, Gouache on paper, 83.5 х 59.5 cm. State Tretyakov Gallery.
Ivan Klyun (1873 - 1943), "Rectangles", 1917, Oil on cardboard and paper, 34.5 x 41.5 cm. State Tretyakov Gallery.
Ivan Klyun (1873 - 1943), "Rectangles", 1917, Oil on cardboard and paper, 34.5 x 41.5 cm. State Tretyakov Gallery.
Erik Bulatov (b. 1933), "Cutting", 1965 - 1966, Oil on canvas, 110 х 110 cm. State Tretyakov Gallery.
Erik Bulatov (b. 1933), "Cutting", 1965 - 1966, Oil on canvas, 110 х 110 cm. State Tretyakov Gallery.
Lyubov Popova (1889 - 1924), "Painterly Architectonics", 1918, Oil on canvas, 62 х 44.5 cm. State Tretyakov Gallery.
Lyubov Popova (1889 - 1924), "Painterly Architectonics", 1918, Oil on canvas, 62 х 44.5 cm. State Tretyakov Gallery.
Sergey Luchishkin (1902 - 1989), "Red Circle", 1924, Oil on plywood, 95 x 95 cm. State Tretyakov Gallery.
Sergey Luchishkin (1902 - 1989), "Red Circle", 1924, Oil on plywood, 95 x 95 cm. State Tretyakov Gallery.

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