What: Russian Avant-Garde Theatre: War Revolution and Design, 1913-1933
When: 18th October, 2014 – 25th January, 2015
Where: The Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL
Why you should go:
The products of two decades of change and worldwide catastrophe- the avant-garde display of Russian design for theatrical production from 1913 -1933 showcases the creative ingenuity of Russian artists as well as the ideological shifts of the period. In collaboration with the A.A. Bakhrushin State Central Theatre Museum, the V&A presents more than 150 designs for theatrical production by celebrated artists such as Kazimir Malevich, Alexander Rodchenko, Liubov Popova, Alexandra Exter and Sergei Eisenstein. Their work represents transformations across a vast spectrum of artistic principles resulting in an amalgamation of artists, musicians, directors and performers.
Renditions of classic works such as Zamyatin’s We (1920) and Vladimir Mayakovsky’s The Bedbug (1929) perfectly illustrates this time frame. Change may appear as something that requires a great deal of time but in the twenty years between the Russian Revolution and World War I, transformations took on fleeting forms. However, with the help of Russian avant-garde chroniclers, this exhibition gives us glimpses into the avant-garde - the way in which it revisits the past and modernises it completely.