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Russian Avant Garde Theatre Exhibition

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What War Brought to the Stage

Russian Avant-Garde began as early as 1850 and lasted up to 1960. The term covers a broad area of the arts, and includes several forms of emerging art movements that were beginning to take hold at the time. Amongst them are neo-primitivism, suprematism, constructivism, and futurism. The height of Russian Avant-Garde was during the Russian Revolution; not surprising, since movements are practically always politically connected.

The Victoria and Albert Museum are currently exploring one section of Russian Avant-Garde in particular. War, Revolution, and Design focusses on the changing face of theatre between 1913 - 1933, and feature over a hundred and fifty radical production designs.

Open until the 25th January, the exhibit is free to visit, and highlights work by leading artists and designers including Kazimir Malevich, Alexander Rodchenko, Vladimir Tatlin, Alexandra Exter, El Lissitsky, Liubov Popova, and Varvara Stepanova. You will get to explore set and costume designs, and see sketches and lithographs from Malevich's Futurist opera, Victory Over the Sun. The designer's style for creating geometric shapes founded the Suprematism Movement.
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Why? Fun for art lovers
When: Until 25th Jan
Phone: 44 (0)20 7942 2000
Where: Victoria & Albert Museum
Cost: Free
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