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

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  • A revolutionary exhibit of Russian art
  • Immerse in Russian art created between 1917 and 1932
  • Just before Stalin’s clampdown, during a momentous historic period
  • Photography, sculpture and filmmaking from art pioneers
  • Artists such as Kandinsky, Rodchenko, Malevish and Chagall
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Delve into one of the most momentous periods of recent world history and see some of the groundbreaking art produced in Russia between 1917 and 1932.

Taking inspiration from a spectacular art exhibition that took place right before Stalin’s clampdown, see revolutionary art from Kandinsky, Chagall, Malevich and much more, featuring art in every medium, from photography and sculpture to graphic design and filmmaking.

One hundred years on from the Russian Revolution, this powerful exhibit takes a closer look at one of the most important periods in modern world history. Once 1917 ended centures of Tsarist rule, creativity was set to roam free and the possibilities seemed endless.

The exhibit surveys the entire artistic landscape of the era – Kandinsky’s bold compositions, Malevich’s abstractions and the beginning of Social Realism – a style that would come to define Communism as the only style the regime accepted.

From propaganda posters to a full scale recreation of an apartment designed for communal living, the works capture the idealistic aspirations and also the harsh reality of post-revolution life.

Additional Information

Please Note:
  • All customers must take their printed voucher to the Royal Academy ticket desk for redemption.
  • At busy times, there may be queuing involved to collect tickets.
  • Children under 16 get free admission, but a ticket still needs to be reserved
  • Please check the website before you visit for closures over the Christmas period.
  • Entry to the exhibition
  • Gratuities
Credit Image: 
Boris Kustodiev, The Bolshevik (detail), 1920. Oil on canvas, 101 x 140.5 cm. State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow. Photo © State Tretyakov Gallery.
Outside the Royal Academy of Arts. Photo: John Nassari.

Venue Information:
Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BD
Nearest Underground: Piccadilly Circus or Green Park
Bus Routes: 9, 14, 19, 22 or 38