Chagall to Malevich: the Russian avant-garde

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Chagall to Malevich: the Russian avant-garde

The former residential palace of the Habsburgs honours the Russian art scene of the early 20th century, characterised by its diversity of styles and combative artistic battles.

Neo-Primitivism, Futurism, Symbolism, Suprematism, Expressionism, Constructivism, Rayonism, and Cubism are the different schools making up the broad modernist movement that was the Russian avant-garde. Emerging between the end of the Russian Empire and the birth of the Soviet Union—between 1890 and 1932—the avant-garde style is not precisely definable, as it brings together contrasting currents and quarrels. By means of 130 figurative and abstract paintings, made between 1910 and 1920, the Vienna Albertina illustrates this extraordinary eclecticism. Natalia Goncharova, Kazimir Malevich, Wassily Kandinsky, Vladimir Lebedev, and Marc Chagall are the main representatives. Although many of these artists and artworks were forbidden by the Central Committee of the Communist Party, the exhibition nevertheless proves that they all left an enduring mark on modern artistic creation.

From Chagall to Malevitch
Albertinaplatz 1
1010 Vienna

From 26 February to 26 June 2016

12.90 EUR (free under 19)

10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (until 9:00 p.m. Wednesdays)