A Revolutionary Impulse: The Rise of the Russian Avant-Garde

4 Dec 2016 – 12 Mar 2017

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10:30 – 17:30
10:30 – 17:30
10:30 – 17:30
10:30 – 17:30
10:30 – 17:30
10:30 – 17:30
10:30 – 19:00

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MoMA Museum of Modern Art

New York
New York, United States


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Covering the period of artistic innovation between 1912 and 1934, this exhibition traces the arc of pioneering Russian avant-garde production from World War I through the 1917 Revolution and the completion of the first Five-Year Plan.


Bringing together major works from MoMA’s extraordinary collection, the exhibition features breakthrough experimental projects in painting, drawing, sculpture, prints, book and graphic design, film, photography, and architecture by leading figures such as Alexandra Exter, Natalia Goncharova, El Lissitzky, Kasimir Malevich, Vladimir Mayakovsky, Liubov Popova, Alexandr Rodchenko, Olga Rozanova, Vladimir and Georgii Stenberg, and Dziga Vertov, among others.

Coinciding with the centennial of the Russian Revolution, this exhibition examines key developments across the mediums in the conception of Cubo-Futurism, Suprematism, Transrational Language, and Constructivism, as well as avant-garde film and photomontage. The remarkable sense of creative urgency, radical cross-fertilization and synthesis within the visual arts, as well as aspirations among the Russian avant-garde to affect unprecedented sociopolitical transformation wielded an influence on modes of art production in the 20th century and changed the course of modern history.


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