London, Tate Modern

As the Russian Revolution of October 1917 brought huge upheaval to society, a new art movement developed that reflected the Bolsheviks' radical program of social justice. Constructivism was also influenced by the growth of industry, modern machinery and technology, with the Constructivists regarding themselves as engineers of vision. Leading the pack were Aleksandr Rodchenko (1891-1956) and Liubov Popova (1889-1924), who played a key role in the stylistic and theoretical development of Russian Constructivism.

This exhibition spotlights their multi-media practice from 1917 to 1929 through a display of utilitarian works that underline the extent to which they both influenced twentieth century fashion, media, theatre, cinema and graphic design. Included in the show are Rodchenko's iconic cinema posters and Popova's series "Painterly Architectonics and Spatial-Force." Another highlight is the room dedicated to the 1921 exhibition entitled "5x5=25," which Popova and Rodchenko organized with their colleagues Aleksandra Ekster, Aleksandr Vesnin and Varvara Stepanova. It features Rodchenko's well-known monochromatic canvases titled "Pure Red Color 1921, Pure Yellow Color 1921, Pure Blue Color 1921."


February 12 through May 17, 2009
Bankside
London SE1 9TG
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