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Chagall and Russian Avant-Garde - Grenoble
March 5, 2011 - June 13, 2011
Musée de Grenoble
More than 150 works from the collections of the Musťe National dArt Moderne will enable visitors to rediscover an especially fertile period in the history of 20th century art : the Russian avant-garde, with, as the thread, the fascinating world of one of the great poets of modern painting, Marc Chagall. This outstanding exhibition, including 24 other artists around Chagall, puts the birth and blossoming of this avant-garde into perspective, from neo-Primitivism to Constructivism, by way of cooperative ventures with the world of spectacle.
http://www.chagall-grenoble.com/
Lissitzky + Project Part 2: Radical female artists - Eindhoven
September 25, 2010 - August 21, 2011
Van Abbemuseum
Part 2 of the Lissitzky+ series presents Lissitzky’s work in the context of work by radical women artists with whom he collaborated. Foremost among them was Sophie Küppers, whom he met in Hanover. She not only became his wife, but also made a very expert contribution to Lissitzky’s artistic projects. And she was not the only woman to work with Lissitzky; the exhibition also examines his collaboration with Natalia Goncharova, Liubov Popova, Olga Rozanova, and several other women artists from just after the Russian Revolution.
Artists: El Lissitzky, Sophie Kueppers, Vera Ermolaeva, Alexandra Alexandrowna Exter, Nathalie Goncharova, Nina Kogan, Liubov Popova, Olga Rozanova, Varvara Stepanova, Nadezhda Udaltsova, Alexandr Rodchenko
http://vanabbemuseum.nl/

Future

Lissitzky + Project Part 3: Part 3: The dynamic human figure - Eindhoven
September 10, 2011 - September 2, 2012
Van Abbemuseum
In the 1910s and 1920s, artists took a renewed interest in the human figure. People in motion were a favourite subject of the Futurists, and also featured in Cubist works showing athletes in dynamic compositions. The human figure also plays an important role in Lissitzky’s work, not only in the studies for figures in Victory over the sun but also in photos, photomontages, and photographic works for wall displays. Part 3 of the Lissitzky+ series presents this portion of Lissitzky’s oeuvre, along with works on the same theme by other artists in his circle.
Artists: El Lissitzky, Kazimir Malevich, Robert Delaunay, Liubov Popova, Alexandr Rodchenko, Umberto Boccioni, Wassily Kadinsky, Kurt Schwitters, Fernand Léger, Alexandra Alexandrowna Exter, Gustav Klucis, Vladimir Tatlin, László Moholy-Nagy, Vera Mukhina
http://vanabbemuseum.nl/
 

Past

Malevich in Focus: 1912Ų1922 - New-York
February 19 - June 30, 2010
Guggenheim Museum
Kazimir Malevich (b. 1878, near Kiev, Ukraine; d. 1935, Leningrad), one of the most celebrated Russian artists of his generation, is recognized for his innovations in Suprematism, an abstract style that sought to capture the essence of color and form. Before arriving at this point around 1914, however, he experimented with various styles such as Realism and Impressionism, as well as more current developments in contemporary art. He was especially influenced by Cubism, characterized by the breaking down of form and space, and Italian Futurism, which sought to simultaneously convey shifting forms and the dynamism of the modern city. Malevich had encountered these modernist movements through his active engagement with the Russian avant-garde.
This intimate presentation of six paintings spans a ten-year period and illustrates Malevich‚s path toward a truly original mode of artistic expression. Moreover, the works share a unique history: each was included in the retrospective exhibition of Malevich‚s work in Poland and Germany in 1927 and the works have not been exhibited together since that time.
http://www.guggenheim.org/
Russian avant-garde : Paths to Abstraction and back : Kazimir Malevich and his circle - Köln (Germany)
February 5 - August 22, 2010
Museum Ludwig
The Museum Ludwig holds one of the world's largest collections of Kazimir Malevich's works and for the first time in twenty years, this entire collection will be on display. Paintings, sculptures and drawings that span his career allow a new understanding of the artist's transitions from figurative, to abstract, and back to figurative art. A technical study of four Malevich paintings will be undertaken. Additionally, Suprematist works by artists from Malevich's circle will complement the exhibition.
http://www.museenkoeln.de/museum-ludwig/
Lissitzky + Project Part 1: Victory over the Sun - Eindhoven
September 19, 2009 - September 5, 2010
Van Abbemuseum
Victory over the Sun, the futurist opera that received its premiere in St. Petersburg in 1913, is the focal point of the first exhibition. The Russian artist Kazimir Malevich designed the fantastic costumes and sets for this opera’s premiere in 1913. The opera was staged for a second time after the Russian Revolution. This 1920 production was mounted in Vitebsk.
Designs by Lissitzky will be presented in a threedimensional form throughout the exhibition. For example, in the first room the red and black square from his book The Story of Two Squares will be realised as cubes, with the three-dimensional models based on the Figurinnenmappe displayed inside the red cube. In the introduction to this portfolio, Lissitzky actually provides instructions for anyone who would like to create threedimensional models based on these illustrations. However, nobody has ever done this, and the Van Abbemuseum is seizing the initiative to have several of these models designed and realised. These will be installed in the spatial machinery that Lissitzky conceived, so that visitors can walk around them. The reconstruction of the renowned Proun space from the museum’s collection will be presented in the black cube.
http://vanabbemuseum.nl/
Alexander Rodchenko - Revolution in Photography- Amsterdam
December 18, 2009 - March 17, 2010
Foam
Foam_Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam presents a unique retrospective of the world-famous Russian avant-garde artist Alexander Rodchenko. The exhibition will contain more then 200 vintage photographs some of which have never been exhibited in the West before.
http://www.foam.nl/
Klucis - Sevilla (Spain)
November 26, 2009 - February 28, 2010
Caja San Fernando / Cajasol Cultural Centre
Rodchenko Photographer- Madrid
October 23, 2009 - January 3, 2010
Fundacion Canal
This retrospective consists of 125 photographs taken by Aleksandr Rodchenko between 1920 and 1940. A tour of his work that shows the continuing experimentation of the artist and his defense of the new paths of photography.
http://www.fundacioncanal.com
Laszlo Moholy-Nagy Retrospective- Frankfurt
October 8, 2009 - February 7, 2010
Schirn Kunsthalle
Hungarian artist Laszlo Moholy-Nagy became known in Germany through his formative work as a teacher at the Staatliches Bauhaus in Dessau from 1923 to 1928. His pioneering theories on art as testing ground for new forms of expression and the application of these theories to all areas of modern life are still influential today. Comprising roughly 170 works in the mediums of painting, photography and photogram, sculpture, and film as well as stage set design and typography from all phases of his career, the retrospective will examine the complex picture of Moholy-Nagy's oeuvre in order to present the range of his creative output to the public for the first time since the last major exhibition of his work in Kassel in 1991. Never having been built before 2009, the artist's spatial design 'The Room of Our Time', which brings together many of his theories, will be realized in the context of the exhibition.
http://www.schirn-kunsthalle.de
Russian avant-garde : "A slap in the face of public taste", cubo-futurism and the rise of modernism in Russia - Köln (Germany)
May 26, 2009 - January 3, 2010
Museum Ludwig
To mark the 100th anniversary of Marinetti's Futurist Manifesto, the opening presentation is dedicated to the rise of Modernism in Russia. Approximately 40 works by 23 artists, some of which are being shown for the first time, reflect the heady exchange of ideas between the Russians and their colleagues in Italy and France prior to World War One. Major examples of Cubo-Futurism by Popova and Exter can be discovered alongside Rayonist works by Larionov and Goncharova.
http://www.museenkoeln.de/museum-ludwig/
Political images. Soviet photographs 1918-1941. The collection of Daniela Mrazkowa.- Köln (Germany)
October 23, 2009 - January 31, 2010
Museum Ludwig
The collection of Daniela Mrazkova, which the Museum Ludwig acquired in April, 2008, consisting of 234 images by the most significant Soviet photographers of the pre-war period. The collection brings together various photographic movements of the time while giving an outstanding overview of documentary and reportage photography in the Soviet Union.
http://www.museenkoeln.de/museum-ludwig/
Languages of Futurism - Berlin
October 2, 2009 - January 11, 2009
Martin-Gropius Bau
On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Futurism the Martin-Gropius-Bau in cooperation with the Italienisches Kulturinstitut Berlin and the Museo dČArte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto (Mart) is organizing an exhibition to pay tribute to Futurist forms of artistic expression in all their variety ö from painting and architecture to literature.
The exhibition consists mainly of loans from the Mart, which has a collection of over 4,000 Futurist works, including masterpieces by Carr√, Severini, Russolo and Balla, as well as an extensive archive of documents and books by the most important representatives of the avant-garde. The museum and study centre are supplemented by the Casa Museo Depero, ItalyČs first Futurist Museum that was founded by Fortunato Depero himself and opened in cooperation with the city of Rovereto in 1959.
The Berlin exhibition is intended as a presentation and a tribute to the Art-Life project, to which Futurism gave theoretical form in its manifestos and systematically put into practice by means of a programme that envisaged the participation of all the arts in the construction of a new aesthetic of everyday life. http://www.gropiusbau.de
Futurismo 100: Simultaneità - Milan (Italy)
October 15, 2009 - January 25, 2010
Palazzo Reale
This third exhibit, after the two exhibitions in Rovereto and Venice, will contrast Italian artists’ work with Expressionist, Cubist, Dadaist and Constructivist pieces from across Europe. In particular, it will pay homage to Boccioni, while also looking at Futurism’s most intense period through the work of Carlo Carrà and Luigi Russolo.
http://www.museiciviciveneziani.it/
Kandinsky – Absolut. Abstrakt - New York
September 18, 2009 - January 10, 2010
Guggenheim Museum
This large and ambitious retrospective includes some 95 paintings from all the important periods of Kandinsky’s oeuvre, with the collections of the three participating museums complementing each other perfectly. While the Lenbachhaus can draw on the outstanding collection of works from Kandinsky’s Blue Rider period from 1908 to 1914, the focus of the collection at the Centre Pompidou is on the artist’s output during the Russian Revolution and his Bauhaus years from 1917 to 1933, although it is also in possession of some extraordinary works from the Paris period donated by Nina Kandinsky. Finally, thanks to the purchases made by Solomon R. Guggenheim and Hilla Rebay, the exhibition is also featuring a number of Kandinsky’s late works produced in Paris between 1933 and 1944, together with several of the early Expressionist gems now held at the Guggenheim Museum in New York.
The exhibition is based on an unprecedented number of paintings of great variety from each of the three participating museums. To be able to shed light on the role Wassily Kandinsky (1866–1944) played as both a pioneer and theorist of abstraction, the participating museums intend to bring together only those major, large-format works that were crucial to his development, and hence to focus the show on some of the very best examples of work he produced when at the height of his powers.
http://www.guggenheim.org/
Rodchenko & Popova: Defining Constructivism - Madrid
October 21, 2009 - January 10, 2010
Reina Sofia
One of the yearČs most important exhibitions brings together works by two influential figures in defining the aesthetics and theories of Russian Constructivism: Lyubov Popova (1889 - 1924) and Aleksandr Rodchenko (1891 - 1956). Organized by the Tate Modern of London in collaboration with the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sof‚a and curated by Margarita Tupitsyn, the exhibition offers an extensive overview of an artistic movement that changed the face of Russian art.
This wide-reaching exhibition, the most complete to date in Spain, brings together some 350 works created by both artists between 1917 and 1929: paintings, cinema and theater posters, sketches of clothing designs, furniture, books, photography and sculpture. Complementing the exhibition are film screenings from the era, related to the artists and other exhibited works by their contemporaries.
http://www.museoreinasofia.es/
Bauhaus 1919-1933: Workshops for Modernity- New York
November 8, 2009 - January 25, 2010
MoMA
his retrospective, presented in collaboration with a consortium of the three Bauhaus collections in Germany (Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin; Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau; and Klassik Stiftung Weimar), is the first comprehensive treatment of the Bauhaus at MoMA since 1938 and the first major show in the United States on the subject in decades. With a wide diversity of objects, including examples of industrial design, furniture, graphics, film, photography, book design, weaving, theater, painting, and sculpture, the exhibition will highlight the school's revolutionary ideas of artistic education and production, as well as its enduring influence. Several of the key objects in the exhibition have never been shown in the U.S. Representing an innovative pedagogical approach, works by Bauhaus masters such as Walter Gropius, Josef Albers, Wassily Kandinsky, Lłszl÷ Moholy-Nagy, Johannes Itten, and Paul Klee will be joined by little-known student work created in the school's workshops. Other important themes that will be explored in the exhibition and catalogue are the school's strategy of self-promotion, its connection with industrial production and commerce and the question of authorship. After the exhibition is presented at the Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin in summer 2009 for the ninetieth anniversary of the school's foundation, the show will travel to New York during MoMA's eightieth anniversary year.
http://www.moma.org
Virada Russia- Sao Paulo
September 16 - November 15, 2009
CCBB
http://www44.bb.com.br/
Klucis - Cordoba (Spain)
September 18 - November 15, 2009
Sala de Exposiciones Vimcorsa
http://www.vimcorsa.com/
Bauhaus. A conceptual model- Berlin
July 22 - October, 4 2009
Martin-Gropius Bau
The exhibition recounts the story of the Bauhaus in a comprehensive presentation of the works of its masters and students as well as the most important school issues. Inter-disciplinary, experimental teaching, the concept of practice-oriented workshops, the pursuit of answers to social questions, the propagation of timeless aesthetics as well as experimentation with new techniques and materials in architecture and design were the schoolŇs most important concerns. The exhibition "Bauhaus. A Conceptual Model" centres on the comprehensive significance of the Bauhaus for the development and internationalisation of modernity and goes beyond, examining its world-wide, lasting impact on architecture and design up until the present day.
http://www.modell-bauhaus.de
Futurismo 100: Abstractions - Venice (Italy)
June 5 - October, 4 2009
Correr Museum
This event will concentrate on abstract art as a concept, and the various meanings ascribed to the term during different periods. It will compare the work of Giacomo Balla and other European artists of his day to look at the shift away from abstract techniques of Cubism. Piet Mondrian, Francis Picabia, Robert Delaunay and Marcel Duchamp will all be featured alongside Italy's Futurists.
http://www.museiciviciveneziani.it/
Chagall and the Artists of the Russian Jewish Theater, 1919-1949- San Francisco
April 24 - September 8, 2009
Contemporary Jewish Museum
The Jewish Museum is organizing the first exhibition devoted to the extraordinary artwork created for Russian Jewish theater productions in the 1920s and 1930s. The exhibition will bring to light a remarkable period in the early years of the Soviet Union when innovative visual artists, including Marc Chagall, Natan Altman, and Robert Falk joined forces with avant-garde playwrights, actors, and theatrical producers to create a theater experience with extraordinary mass appeal. Through paintings, costume and set designs, posters, photographs, film clips and theater ephemera – many of which have never been exhibited before- Chagall and the Artists of the Russian Jewish Theater, 1919-1949 will capture an exhilarating but fleeting moment in the cultural history of the Soviet Union.
http://www.thecjm.org/
Le Futurisme à Paris : une avant-garde explosive - London
June 12 - September 13, 2009
Tate Modern
This exhibition marks the centenary of the publication of Marinetti’s Futurist Manifesto on the front page of the Figaro on 20 February 1909. The first avant-garde of the twentieth century, Futurism celebrated technology, the energy of the crowd, and the hectic activity of the modern metropolis, rejecting the equilibrium and stability inherited from Classical models for a dynamism that dislocated form.
The goal of this exhibition is thus to re-evaluate the role and status of Futurism as a fundamenta contribution to Modernism and to offer a new analysis of its relationship with the French avant-garde movement of Cubism, through more than 200 artworks and contemporary documents. Georges Braque, Robert Delaunay, Félix Del Marle, Marcel Duchamp, Albert Gleizes, Frantisek Kupka, Fernand Léger, Casimir Malevich, Jean Metzinger, Francis Picabia, Pablo Picasso and Ardengo Soffici were all involved in a dialogue with the Futurist painters that would be international in its impact, Futurist concepts becoming a source of inspiration for very many artists, from London to Moscow.
Kandinsky – Absolut. Abstrakt - Paris
April 8 - August 10, 2009
Centre Pompidou
This large and ambitious retrospective includes some 95 paintings from all the important periods of Kandinsky’s oeuvre, with the collections of the three participating museums complementing each other perfectly. While the Lenbachhaus can draw on the outstanding collection of works from Kandinsky’s Blue Rider period from 1908 to 1914, the focus of the collection at the Centre Pompidou is on the artist’s output during the Russian Revolution and his Bauhaus years from 1917 to 1933, although it is also in possession of some extraordinary works from the Paris period donated by Nina Kandinsky. Finally, thanks to the purchases made by Solomon R. Guggenheim and Hilla Rebay, the exhibition is also featuring a number of Kandinsky’s late works produced in Paris between 1933 and 1944, together with several of the early Expressionist gems now held at the Guggenheim Museum in New York.
The exhibition is based on an unprecedented number of paintings of great variety from each of the three participating museums. To be able to shed light on the role Wassily Kandinsky (1866–1944) played as both a pioneer and theorist of abstraction, the participating museums intend to bring together only those major, large-format works that were crucial to his development, and hence to focus the show on some of the very best examples of work he produced when at the height of his powers.
http://www.centrepompidou.fr
László Moholy-Nagy - on the road to Weimar 1917-1923 - Apolda (Germany)
April 5 - June 25, 2009
Kunsthaus Apolda Avantgarde
Watercolors, drawings, prints and photo-grams from public and private collections.
http://www.kunsthausapolda.de (in German)
Le Futurisme à Paris : une avant-garde explosive - Roma
February 20 - May 24, 2009
Quirinal Stables
This exhibition marks the centenary of the publication of Marinetti’s Futurist Manifesto on the front page of the Figaro on 20 February 1909. The first avant-garde of the twentieth century, Futurism celebrated technology, the energy of the crowd, and the hectic activity of the modern metropolis, rejecting the equilibrium and stability inherited from Classical models for a dynamism that dislocated form.
The goal of this exhibition is thus to re-evaluate the role and status of Futurism as a fundamenta contribution to Modernism and to offer a new analysis of its relationship with the French avant-garde movement of Cubism, through more than 200 artworks and contemporary documents. Georges Braque, Robert Delaunay, Félix Del Marle, Marcel Duchamp, Albert Gleizes, Frantisek Kupka, Fernand Léger, Casimir Malevich, Jean Metzinger, Francis Picabia, Pablo Picasso and Ardengo Soffici were all involved in a dialogue with the Futurist painters that would be international in its impact, Futurist concepts becoming a source of inspiration for very many artists, from London to Moscow
Rodchenko & Popova: Defining Constructivism - London
February 12 - May 17, 2009
Tate Modern
Rodchenko & Popova: Defining Constructivism will explore the work of Alexander Rodchenko and Lyubov Popova between 1917 and 1929. Arguably two of the Russian avant-garde’s most influential and important artists, they were integral to the stylistic and theoretical underpinning of Russian Constructivism. With over 350 objects, this exhibition charts the evolution of their aesthetics from abstract painting to graphic design and will include their designs for cinema and theatre as well as numerous posters, books, and costumes.
http://www.tate.org.uk/
Unique forms : The Drawing and Sculpture of Umberto Boccioni - London
January 14 - April 19, 2009
Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art
Boccioni was perhaps the most significant of the five artists associated with the first wave of Futurist painting. Born in the south of Italy, Boccioni later settled in Milan where he experimented with the languages of Divisionism, Symbolism and Expressionism prior to his association with Marinetti's movement.
Equally articulate with verbal and visual imagery, Boccioni went on to become the foremost theorist of Futurist aesthetics, which he expounded with tremendous energy and rigour in his tract Futurist Painting and Sculpture published in 1914, two years prior to his untimely death during a military exercise. The power and energy of Boccioni's thought and work remains exhilarating to this day, and familiarisation with his ideas and imagery makes it clear that the First World War deprived modernism of one of its most talented and promising artists.
http://www.estorickcollection.com/exhibitions/
Futurismo 100: Illuminations. Avant-gardes compared. Italy, Germany, Russia - Rovereto (Italy)
January 17 - June 7, 2009
MaRT
One hundred years after the publication of the Futurist manifesto, the innovative force of the highly important art movement launched by Filippo Tommaso Marinetti in 1909 has lost none of its power. The Mart celebrates the centenary of Italy’s leading avant-garde movement by taking a fresh look at it in an exhibition curated by Ester Coen, reconstructing its development within the historical context of the early 20th century.
http://english.mart.trento.it/
Futurism 1909-2009 - Speed + Art + Action - Milan (Italy)
February 5 - June 7, 2009
Palazzo Reale
The largest Futurism exhibit planned for 2009, it will map out the history and development of the movement through over 400 works of art, from both major and minor figures. That inaugural day of the show will also see a performance by 50 dancers in the Vittorio Emanuele Gallery, inspired by Umberto Boccioni’s renowned painting Rissa in Galleria (Fight in the Gallery).
F.T. Marinetti = Futurismo - Milan (Italy)
February 12 - June 7, 2009
Fondazione Stelline
This centenary celebration dedicated to F.T. Marinetti, the founder of Futurism, aims to deepen and rediscover Marinetti in all his richness and complexity, from his ideas and promotion of Futurism to his writings and futurist texts. The show will also take into account his international importance and literary and linguistic innovations.
http://www.stelline.it/ (in Italian)
Futurismi - Aosta (Italy)
November 28, 2008 - April 26, 2009
Centro Saint-Benin
This exhibit includes 40 paintings and 30 sketches by Fillia, Enrico Prampolini, Fortunato Depero, Leonardo Dudreville, Tullio Crali among others, on loan from private collections and major museums, including MaRT.
http://www.museiciviciveneziani.it/
Tango with Cows: Book Art of the Russian Avant-Garde, 1910-1917 - Los Angeles
November 18, 2008 - April 19, 2009
Getty Center
Tango with Cows takes its title from a book and poem by the Russian avant-garde poet Vasily Kamensky. The absurd image of farm animals dancing the tango evokes the clash in Russia between a primarily rural culture and a growing urban life. During the years spanning the revolutions of 1905 and 1917, Russia was in spiritual, social, and cultural crisis. The moral devastation of the failed 1905 revolution, the famines of 1911, the rapid influx of new technologies, and the outbreak of World War I led to disillusionment with modernity and a presentiment of apocalypse.
This exhibition explores the way Russian avant-garde poets and artists responded to this crisis through their book art. Often working collaboratively, poets and artists designed pages in which rubber-stamped zaum' or "transrational" poetry shared space with archaic and modern scripts, as well as with primitive and abstract imagery. The Russian avant-garde utilized such verbal and visual disruptions to convey humor, parody and an ambivalence about Russia's past, present, and future.
http://www.getty.edu/
Rodchenko and Women - Zaragosa (Spain)
January 22 - March 22, 2009
Obra Social Caja Madrid
86 B&W photographs, many unpublished, through which Rodtchenko manages to give his personal view of the Soviet future. Divided into three sections, the exhibition will tour starting with a wide circle of family photos of his artist-wife, mother, lover, going through portraying their friends in the world of the artistic avant-garde models, painters, photographers and directors film to end with a wide range of anonymous women who emerge from the revolution-Soviet factory workers, shipyard workers, elite athletes, thus building an image of the Soviet idealized woman, became an official icon.
http://www.obrasocialcajamadrid.es/ (in spanish)
The Springtime of Russian Avant-Garde _ From Chagall to Malevich - Saitama (Japan)
February 7 - March 22, 2009
The Museum of Modern Art
For the first time ever, Moscow Museum of Modern Art presents works from the permanent collection in a large-scale exhibition in Japan. The Spring-Time of Russian Avant-garde project brings together 70 paintings and sculptures by the leading artists of the first decades of the 20th century. Among these masters are Kazimir Malevich, Natalia Goncharova, Mikhail Larionov, Alexander Archipenko, Pavel Filonov, Marc Chagall, Niko Pirosmani, and many others. The show investigates key issues in the evolution of the avant-garde in the 1910s-1020s, such as Western influences, abstraction, and neo-primitivism.
http://www.pref.gifu.lg.jp/pref/s27213/
Sonia Delaunay _ 1958-2008 - Bielefeld (Germany)
November 30, 2008 - February 22, 2009
Kunsthalle Bielefeld
Sonia Delaunay's World of Art is the first large retrospective of her work in Germany in fifty years. The last time a survey of this size of Delaunay's work was seen was in 1958 at the Städtisches Kunsthaus in Bielefeld. Containing around 350 items, including paintings, drawings, prints, arts and crafts, and fashion designs, the exhibition brings to life an artistic universe that anticipates todayĀs world of design. The focal point of the show is the sensuality of color.
http://www.kunsthalle-bielefeld.de/
Fortunato Depero :Works from the collection Fedrizzi - Venice (Italy)
November 1st, 2008 - March 1st, 2009
Correr Museum
The Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia are opening the celebrations marking the centennial of futurism – that will have its climax in the great exhibition at the Correr in June 2009 – with an invaluable foretaste, dedicated to Fortunato Depero (1892-1960).
The exhibition includes over eighty works created between 1914 and 1956 – oils, temperas, ink and charcoal drawings, collages, advertising sketches, intarsia in wood and coloured fabrics, furnishing projects – with famous masterpieces such as the Bolted Book (1927) or Nitrito in Velocità [Speeding Nitrite] (1922), and unpublished works that document Depero’s multimedia approach, in a completely absorbing vision of artistic expression and in a context of global opening to all kinds of experiences, within and beyond futurism.
http://www.museiciviciveneziani.it/
Kandinsky – Absolut. Abstrakt - Munich (Germany)
October 25, 2008 - February 22, 2009
Städtische Galerie - Lenbachhaus
This large and ambitious retrospective includes some 95 paintings from all the important periods of Kandinsky’s oeuvre, with the collections of the three participating museums complementing each other perfectly. While the Lenbachhaus can draw on the outstanding collection of works from Kandinsky’s Blue Rider period from 1908 to 1914, the focus of the collection at the Centre Pompidou is on the artist’s output during the Russian Revolution and his Bauhaus years from 1917 to 1933, although it is also in possession of some extraordinary works from the Paris period donated by Nina Kandinsky. Finally, thanks to the purchases made by Solomon R. Guggenheim and Hilla Rebay, the exhibition is also featuring a number of Kandinsky’s late works produced in Paris between 1933 and 1944, together with several of the early Expressionist gems now held at the Guggenheim Museum in New York.
The exhibition is based on an unprecedented number of paintings of great variety from each of the three participating museums. To be able to shed light on the role Wassily Kandinsky (1866–1944) played as both a pioneer and theorist of abstraction, the participating museums intend to bring together only those major, large-format works that were crucial to his development, and hence to focus the show on some of the very best examples of work he produced when at the height of his powers.
http://www.kandinsky-muenchen.de/
Futurism and After: David Burliuk, 1882-1967 - New York
November 09, 2008 - March 22, 2009
Ukranian Museum
Futurism and After: David Burliuk, 1882-1967, includes examples of Burliuk's work during his early years in Ukraine and Russia (1907-1918), his travels through Siberia (1918-1920), his time in Japan (1920-1922), and his life in the United States, both in New York City (1922-1941) and on Long Island (1941-1967). The exhibition – the first major U.S. show of Burliuk's art since 1962 – was organized by the Winnipeg Art Gallery, where it was on view from April 24 to July 20 of this year. At The Ukrainian Museum, the approximately seventy works displayed in Winnipeg are being supplemented by an additional forty paintings from Ms. Burliuk's collection.
http://www.ukrainianmuseum.org/
Chagall and the Artists of the Russian Jewish Theater, 1919-1949- New York
November 09, 2008 - March 22, 2009
Jewish Museum
The Jewish Museum is organizing the first exhibition devoted to the extraordinary artwork created for Russian Jewish theater productions in the 1920s and 1930s. The exhibition will bring to light a remarkable period in the early years of the Soviet Union when innovative visual artists, including Marc Chagall, Natan Altman, and Robert Falk joined forces with avant-garde playwrights, actors, and theatrical producers to create a theater experience with extraordinary mass appeal. Through paintings, costume and set designs, posters, photographs, film clips and theater ephemera – many of which have never been exhibited before- Chagall and the Artists of the Russian Jewish Theater, 1919-1949 will capture an exhilarating but fleeting moment in the cultural history of the Soviet Union.
http://www.thejewishmuseum.org/
Russian Avant-garde in Costakis Collection - Paris
November 13, 2008 - March 2, 2009
Musée Maillol
Through more than 200 works, the Maillol Museum will present the essential and most surprisingly, this collection, both works of famous artists such Rodchenko, Lissitzky, Tatlin, Popova, as works of artists shown for the first time in France, such Kudriashev, Redko, Anders, Nikritin…
Through this kaleidoscope, we perceive the incredible creativity and diversity of the Russian avant-garde of 20 years, which does beyond the constructivism, its dominant expression, but foreshadows art movements which develop later in the West, such geometric abstraction, biomorphism, art informal abstraction
lyrical, abstract expressionism, minimalism.
http://www.museemaillol.com/ (in French)
Bauhaus style or constructivism - Ingolstadt (Germany)
October 12, 2008 - January 18, 2009
Museum für Konkrete Kunst
The Ingolstadt exhibition is a first for the close connection of constructivism with the applied design in product design, graphic design and architecture of the'20s and their mutual influences show.
Including works of Theo van Doesburg, El Lissitzky, Wassily Kandinsky, Kurt Schwitters, Willi Baumeister, Walter Dexel, Erich Buchholz, pioneering work in the field of applied arts. Examples from product design (including Frankfurt kitchen, Latte TI1a chair and the "Wassily" chair by Marcel Breuer B3), typography (including posters by Jan Tschichold and Willi Baumeister) and architecture (including designs and models of Weißenhofsiedlung and the Bauhaus Dessau).
http://www.mkk-ingolstadt.de/
Le Futurisme à Paris : une avant-garde explosive - Paris
October 15, 2008 - January 26, 2009
Centre Pompidou
Marking the centenary of the publication of Marinetti’s Futurist Manifesto on the front page of the Figaro on 20 February 1909, the Centre Pompidou is organising this exhibition. The first avant-garde of the twentieth century, Futurism celebrated technology, the energy of the crowd, and the hectic activity of the modern metropolis, rejecting the equilibrium and stability inherited from Classical models for a dynamism that dislocated form.
The goal of this exhibition is thus to re-evaluate the role and status of Futurism as a fundamenta contribution to Modernism and to offer a new analysis of its relationship with the French avant-garde movement of Cubism, through more than 200 artworks and contemporary documents. Georges Braque, Robert Delaunay, Félix Del Marle, Marcel Duchamp, Albert Gleizes, Frantisek Kupka, Fernand Léger, Casimir Malevich, Jean Metzinger, Francis Picabia, Pablo Picasso and Ardengo Soffici were all involved in a dialogue with the Futurist painters that would be international in its impact, Futurist concepts becoming a source of inspiration for very many artists, from London to Moscow.
http://www.centrepompidou.fr/ (in French)
Art is Arp- Strasbourg (France)
October 17, 2008 - February 15, 2009
To celebrate its 10th anniversary, the Strasbourg museum of modern and contemporary art will host a large-scale exhibition dedicated to Hans jean Arp, who was born in Strasbourg in 1886, and became known on the international art scene as one of the major artists of the 20th century.
Nearly 180 works from prestigious collections (the Arp foundations in Clamart, Rolandseck and Locarno as well as the national museum of modern art, and museums in New York, Washington, Basle, Zurich, Berlin, Valencia…) contribute to a rereading of this work which has not been the subject of an exhibition in France since 1986.
http://www.art-is-arp.com/
The Springtime of Russian Avant-Garde _ From Chagall to Malevich - Gifu (Japan)
November 11 - December 25, 2008
The Museum of Fine Arts
http://www.pref.gifu.lg.jp/pref/s27213/
El Lissitzky - Futurist Portfolios - Charlottesville (USA)
September 26 - December 28, 2008
University of Virginia Art Museum
Two complete sets of the influential Russian abstract artist El Morduchovitch Lissitzky's futuristic portfolios, commissioned by the Kestner Society in 1923, are highlighted in Futurist Portfolios. Twenty prints in all are featured, eight from his Proun portfolio which he intended as a prototype for future mechanical and architectural designs, and twelve from his Victory Over the Sun portfolio, created to commemorate Kasimir Malevich's 1913 futurist opera of the same name. Between 1923 and 1928, El Lissitzky took his Prouns prints into a three-dimensional space, building abstract rooms.
Contemporary artist Hideyo Okamura recreates Lissitzky's 1923 Proun room of Berlin by considering the architectural elements of the gallery space where the prints will be displayed. Following Lissitzky's philosophies closely, Okamura collaborates with his muse, rendering the room with Lissitzky's preferred architectural tones and shapes that wrap around corners and ascend to the ceiling of the gallery. Okamura thusly creates wall-size abstractions that give viewers a three-dimensional experience of the modernist master's work.
http://www.virginia.edu/artmuseum
Cut & Paste European Photomontage 1920-1945 - London
September 24 - December 21, 2008
Estorick Collection
The manipulation of photographic imagery is as old as photography itself, but the modernist conception of photomontage was a radical extension of techniques and creative attitudes that first emerged in Cubist, Futurist and Dadaist collage, in which cut-out photographs and fragments of newsprint from illustrated journals were pasted into drawings and paintings.
This method of combining and manipulating photographic elements was developed towards the end of the First World War by Dadaists in Berlin such as John Heartfield, George Grosz, Johannes Bader and Hannah Höch. Simultaneously, in Moscow young Constructivist artists such as Gustav Klucis, Varvara Stepanova and El Lissitzky began to incorporate photographic images into their works.
Curated by Lutz Becker, Cut & Paste provides a rediscovery of the sources of modern image making, exploring the work of the great predecessors and innovators who created photomontages by physical means with scissors, scalpel and retouching brush.
http://www.estorickcollection.com/
The Springtime of Russian Avant-Garde _ From Chagall to Malevich - Osaka (Japan)
September 25 - November 3, 2008
Suntory Museum
For the first time ever, Moscow Museum of Modern Art presents works from the permanent collection in a large-scale exhibition in Japan. The Spring-Time of Russian Avant-garde project brings together 70 paintings and sculptures by the leading artists of the first decades of the 20th century. Among these masters are Kazimir Malevich, Natalia Goncharova, Mikhail Larionov, Alexander Archipenko, Pavel Filonov, Marc Chagall, Niko Pirosmani, and many others. The show investigates key issues in the evolution of the avant-garde in the 1910s-1020s, such as Western influences, abstraction, and neo-primitivism.
http://www.suntory.com/
Five Seasons of the Russian Avant-garde - Athens
May 14 - October 20, 2008
Museum of Cycladic Art
Ninety works from the famous Costakis Collection in the State Museum of Modern Art in Thessaloniki will be displayed in the Museum of Cycladic Art from 14 May to 20 October 2008. These are important items (paintings, drawings, three-dimensional artefacts) representing all the groups and movements of the Russian avant-guard (1900s-1930s). The exhibition is entitled Five Seasons of the Russian Avant-garde and includes some of the most significant works of the collection by artists such as Malevich, Popva, Tatlin, Rochenko, Nikritin, Lissitzky etc. It is divided into five units devoted to the bold pioneering aesthetic experiments that took place in Russia and, through their dynamism and boldness, transformed the history of 20th-century art.
http://www.cycladic.gr/
Lost Vanguard Found: Synthesis of Architecture and Art in Russia (1915-1935)- Thessaloniki (Greece)
May 9 - September 28, 2008
Moni Lazariston
The exhibition presents for the first time in Greece the history and reception of Russian constructivist architecture as well as the correlation of painting and architecture through the prism of new visual aesthetics, aiming at its application to architecture. Thus, the artists’ drawings fit organically in their natural urban environment.
http://www.greekstatemuseum.com/
La Partie de Campagne, Fernand Léger et ses amis photographes - Biot (France)
June 21 - September 29, 2008
Musée national Fernand Léger
http://www.musee-fernandleger.fr/
Futurism: Russia and Italy - Moscow
June 17 - August 31, 2008
Pushkin State Art Museum
The central museum of Moscow has completely changed its interiors to create a pastiche that toys with the Futurist ideas. Its luxurious grand staircase is covered with a fabric mottled with Futurist texts, while marble walls of side galleries are hidden under graphics and poetry. About 30 museums of Russia, Israel, Italy, Switzerland and the United States provided showpieces for this exposition that boasts sculptures and canvasses by Gino Severini and Umberto Boccioni and legendary noise machines by Luigi Russolo.
Malevich and his Influence - Vaduz (Lichtenstein)
May 17 - September 7, 2008
Kustmuseum Lichtenstein
The exhibition presents this outstanding artist through a selection of major works from all phases of his artistic development between 1915, the official birth of Suprematism, and the artist's death twenty years later. It also documents the influence Malevich had during his life-time on his fellow artists and how these integrated Suprematism into their own work while at the same time taking their very own directions.
Also on show, in addition to famous Malevich paintings like the Black Square, will be works by Gustav Klucis, El Lissitzky, Liubov Popova, Alexander Rodtchenko and Warwara Stepanova. A large number of these works are on loan from Russian museums and many of them are being shown in western Europe for the very first time.
http://www.kunstmuseum.li/
Fernand Léger, Paris-New York - Basel (Switzerland)
June 1 - September 7, 2008
Fondation Beyeler
The Fondation Beyeler is devoting a concentrated retrospective to Fernand Léger (1881-1955), providing a long-overdue review of the key phases of his career. The exhibition opens with the Cubist early work, done in Paris, followed by the legendary series of paintings on big-city themes from the years after 1918. From the formally highly developed still lifes and figures of the 1920s and 30s, the presentation continues with the joie de vivre of the monumental Divers, then concludes with the late work and its revelling in color. Special attention is paid to the American aspects of Léger’s oeuvre.
http://www.beyeler.com/
The Springtime of Russian Avant-Garde _ From Chagall to Malevich - Tokyo
June 21 - August 17, 2008
Bunkamura Museum of Art
For the first time ever, Moscow Museum of Modern Art presents works from the permanent collection in a large-scale exhibition in Japan. The Spring-Time of Russian Avant-garde project brings together 70 paintings and sculptures by the leading artists of the first decades of the 20th century. Among these masters are Kazimir Malevich, Natalia Goncharova, Mikhail Larionov, Alexander Archipenko, Pavel Filonov, Marc Chagall, Niko Pirosmani, and many others. The show investigates key issues in the evolution of the avant-garde in the 1910s-1020s, such as Western influences, abstraction, and neo-primitivism.
http://www.bunkamura.co.jp/
Foto: Modernity in Central Europe, 1918-1945 - Edinburgh
June 7 - August 31, 2008
The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art
http://www.natgalscot.ac.uk/
Alekander Rodchenko : Revolution in Photography - Berlin
June 12- August 18, 2008
Martin-Gropius-Bau
Featuring approximately 120 original prints and photomontages, this exhibition traces the development of Rodchenko's photography over two decades when he created many classic works. The exhibition is organised by The Museum Moscow House of Photography and curated by its Director, Olga Sviblova.
http://www.gropiusbau.de/
Giacomo Balla - Milano (Italy)
February 14 - May 18, 2008
Palazzo Reale
http://www.artpalazzoreale.it/
Futurismo, Prodomo del Centenario - Marcon (Italy)
April 21 - June 23, 2008
Galleria Spazioeventi-Orler
With more than 250 works by 71 artists, dated between the first ten years and half of the Forties, the event aims to present Futurism in all its extension and temporal issue.
http://www.orler.it/
Alekander Rodchenko : Revolution in Photography - London
February 7- April 27, 2008
The Hayward Gallery
Featuring approximately 120 original prints and photomontages, this exhibition traces the development of Rodchenko's photography over two decades when he created many classic works. The exhibition is organised by The Museum Moscow House of Photography and curated by its Director, Olga Sviblova. The Hayward's presentation of this exhibition is made possible with the support of Roman Abramovich.
http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/
Foto: Modernity in Central Europe, 1918-1945 - Milwaukee
February 2 - April 27, 2008
The Milwaukee Art Museum,
In the 1920s and 1930s, photography became an immense phenomenon across Austria, Czechoslovakia, Germany, Hungary, and Poland. It fired the imagination of hundreds of progressive artists, provided a creative outlet for thousands of devoted amateurs, and became a symbol of modernity for millions through its use in magazines, newspapers, advertising, and books. It was in interwar central Europe as well that an art history for all photography was first established. Foto: Modernity in Central Europe, 1918  1945 aims to recover the crucial role played by photography in this period, and in so doing to delineate a central European model of modernity.
http://www.mam.org/
Vladimir Baranoff-Rossiné - Moscow
December 19, 2007 - April 21, 2008
State Russian Museum
Exhibition of Vladimir Baranoff-Rossiné, famous Russian artist and inventor, one of the founders of colour-musical kinetism in the avant-garde art. His works reveal gradual change of his artistic predilections from Cezanneism to Cubism, Orphism, abstractionism and surrealism.
The exhibition comprises circa 60 works of art from the collections of the State Tretyakov Gallery, Volsk Regional Museum of the Saratov Region, Alexander Radishchev State Art Museum in Saratov, Tambov Regional Picture Gallery, Davitson International S.A. company (Switzerland), collections of V. Tsarenkov (Paris), M. Mkrticheva (Moscow), A. Tselovalnikov (Moscow).
http://rusmuseum.ru/
Breaking the Rules: The Printed Face of the European Avant Garde 1900 - 1937 - London
November 9, 2007 - March 30, 2008
British Library
Explore Europe's creative revolution of the early 20th century – one that ripped up the rule books of visual art, design, photography, literature, theatre, music and architecture, and whose effects are still felt, heard and seen today.
Mainly through the medium of print, Breaking the Rules throws new light on Cubism, Expressionism, Futurism, Dadaism, Suprematism, Constructivism, Surrealism and other movements; on the artists who changed the face of modern culture for ever; and on the cities that experienced their work, from Brussels to Budapest, Vienna to Vitebsk.
http://www.bl.uk/
The Future of Futurism - Bergamo (Italia)
September 21, 2007 - February 24, 2008
Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art
It features 200 works by 120 artists, including paintings by Futurism's main protagonists, Giacomo Balla, Umberto Boccioni, Carlo Carra', Gino Severini and Luigi Russolo.
There are also pieces by an array of modern and contemporary artists influenced by the Futurists, like Britain's Damien Hirst and Gilbert and George. "The Futurists believed in the need to radically re-design the universe," explained curators Giacinto Di Pietrantonio and Maria Cristina Rodeschini.
http://www.gamec.it/
Deperopubblicitario. From auto-réclame to advertising architecture - Rovereto (Italy)
October 13, 2007 - February 3, 2008
Mart
From the 1920s onwards, Fortunato Depero explored the expectations of novelty and originality provoked by the new sector of visual advertising.
Depero’s production immediately achieved its aims, with a rich repertoire of posters, bills, drawings and sketches, which the exhibition now presents to the museum’s public for the first time in its en-tirety.
http://english.mart.trento.it
Collage/Collages From Cubism to Dada - Torino (Italy)
October 9, 2007 - January 6, 2008
GAM
The Exhibition will present the public a historical interpretation of the collage technique, originated from experiments by Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque and widely accepted by other vanguards, from Italian Futurists to Dadaists, as the most immediate and coherent way to take part in contemporary contentious tensions. Starting off from this premise, the path will make its way through the artistic events of the Twentieth Century, from 1910 to the early Sixties, to evaluate the fecundity and expressive endurance of an apparently banal and fragile technique that, in actual fact, lends itself to sophisticated diffractions of meanings: from Dadaist provocations to Surrealist impertinencies, up to the latest linguistic contaminations, in a scenario that has progressively extended from Europe to the United States.
http://www.gamtorino.it/
1937, Perfection and Destruction - Bielefeld (Germany)
September 30, 2007 - January 13, 2008
Kunsthalle Bielefeld
1937 is the year in which the exhibition titled Entartete Kunst (Degenerate art) opened in Munich, and the National Socialist campaign against modernism reached its sad apex. On a political level, the bombing of Guernica had shocked the world. The Kunsthalle Bielefeldâs synopsis of art produced from 1936 to 1938 ranges from Italy and Spain to the Soviet Union, from Poland and the Czech Republic to Germany, from France and England to the United States. 10 themes, almost 180 artists, about 400 works are on loan. Major works by: Hans Arp, Max Beckmann, Salvador Dali, Wassily Kandinsky, Kathe Kollwitz, Renˇ Magritte, Pablo Picasso, Mark Rothko, Ossip Zadkine etc.
http://www.kunsthalle-bielefeld.de/
Bonjour Russia - Düsseldorf (Germany)
September 15, 2007 - January 6, 2008
Museum Kunst Palast
For this exhibition, more than 120 masterpieces from the collections of four principal Russian museums - the State Hermitage and the State Russian Museum in St. Petersburg, as well as the State Pushkin Museum and the State Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow - will be shown together for the first time in Germany.
The exhibition, whose only venue in Germany is Düsseldorf, will be devoted to the years from 1860 to 1925 in Russia and France, not only uncovering parallels and reciprocal influences, but also the different developments in both countries. The spectrum of the Russian works on display will range from the realism of Ilya Repin and Serov to Cézannism, Fauvism, Neo-primitivism, Cubo-Futurism and the groundbreaking experiments in abstraction culminating in the Suprematism of Malevich and others.
http://www.bonjour-russland.com
Theateroktober - Vienna
October 10, 2007 - February 10, 2008
Ostereichisches Theatermuseum
http://www.theatermuseum.at
Foto: Modernity in Central Europe, 1918-1945 - New York
October 5, 2007 - January 2, 2008
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
http://www.guggenheim.org/
Foto: Modernity in Central Europe, 1918-1945 - Washington, DC
June 10 - September 3, 2007
National Gallery of Art
This groundbreaking exhibition of some 150 photographs, artists' books, and illustrated magazines examines how photography developed into an immense phenomenon in central Europe during the 1920s and 1930s. It is the first exhibition to pair recognized masters like László Moholy-Nagy or Hannah Höch (active in Germany) with their immediate contemporaries, such as Karel Teige and Jaromír Funke (Czechoslovakia), Kazimierz Podsadecki (Poland), Károly Escher (Hungary), and Trude Fleischmann (Austria), who are less well known today. Organized thematically, the exhibition explores such topics as photomontage and war, gender identity, modern living, and the spread of surrealism. This major loan exhibition, which draws on several dozen American and international collections, is unprecedented in its focus and scope.
http://www.nga.gov/
Rodchenko : An Artist With An Eye For Revolution - Paris
June 20 - September 16, 2007
Musée d'Art moderne de la Ville de Paris
The exhibition consists of more than 300 works in a wide range of mediums. The exhibition is organized around themes-photomontage, experimental, portraits, reportage and illustration- that follow more or less the chronology of Rodtchenko's evolution as an artist-photographer. Most of these pictures have never been seen in Europe.
http://www.mam.paris.fr/
Jan Tschichold : Posters of the Avant-Garde - Munich
June 21 - September 16, 2007
Villa Stuck
http://www.villastuck.de/
Lost Vanguard: Soviet Modernist Architecture, 1922-32 - New York
July 18 - October 29, 2007
MoMA
This exhibition examines Soviet avant-garde architecture in the postrevolutionary period. Although they are integral to the history of modern architecture, the featured projects have seldom been published and remain largely unknown. Examples of this avant-garde architecture abound, not just in Moscow and St. Petersburg but throughout the former U.S.S.R., in cities such as Kiev, Baku, Ivanovo, and Sochi. The exhibition highlights some eighty photographs by architectural photographer Richard Pare, who made eight extensive trips between 1992 and 2002, and created nearly ten thousand images to compile a timely documentation of these structures, many of which are now in various states of decay, transformation, and peril. Pare's images are supplemented by Soviet periodicals to provide historical context for an exploration of this extraordinary architecture.
http://moma.org/
Black Square. Hommage à Malevich - Hamburg (Germany)
March 23 - June 10, 2007
Hamburger Kunsthalle
Kasimir Malevich’s Black Square is regarded as a pivotal work in the history of abstract painting. In 1915, the Russian artist created this radical image in an attempt to "free art from the ballast of objectivity". Reduced to a black square on a white background, it formed the basis of Suprematism. Major pieces by El Lissitzky, Alexander Rodchenko, Olga Rozanova and Ivan Puni are therefore being presented alongside more than forty works by Malevich. The exhibition also focuses on the numerous and varied responses to Black Square that have emerged in western European and American art since 1945. The display includes more than 100 artworks, ranging from paintings and graphic art to architectural models, sculptures, videos and installations.
http://www.das-schwarze-quadrat.de/
Modernism: Designing a new world 1914-1939 - Washington DC
March 17 - July 29, 2007
Corcoran Gallery of Art
At the beginning of the twenty-first century our relationship to Modernism is complex. The built environment that we live in today was largely shaped by Modernism. The buildings we inhabit, the chairs we sit on, the graphic design that surrounds us have all been created by the aesthetics and the ideology of Modernist design. We live in an era that still identifies itself in terms of Modernism, as post-Modernist or even post-post-Modernist.
Modernism: Designing A New World is the first exhibition to explore the concept of Modernism in depth, rather than restricting itself, as previous exhibitions have, to particular geographical centres or to individual decades. Many forms of art and design are represented in the show. But as befits a period when the debates surrounding how people should live took centre stage, the exhibition focuses on architecture and design. The exhibition concentrates on the years 1914-39. Europe and, to a lesser extent, America are the focus but the reach of Modernism is demonstrated by selected exhibits or projects from different parts of the world.
http://www.corcoran.org/
A Slap in the Face! Futurists in Russia - London
March 28 - June 10, 2007
Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art
The exhibition’s title refers to the Russian Futurist manifesto ‘A Slap in the Face of Public Taste’ published in 1912 and the exhibition takes a long overdue look at the Futurist movement in Russia, comparing and contrasting the Russian protagonists with their Italian contemporaries. Featured artists include Chagall, Goncharova, Larinov, Malevich, Popova and Rosanova in addition to Italian Futurists such as Balla, Boccioni and Severini.
http://www.estorickcollection.com/
Early Soviet Photography - State College (USA)
February 6, 2007 - May 6, 2007
Palmer Museum of Art
This exhibition focuses on photography in the Soviet Union during the 1920s and 30s, a period during which sanctioned photographers were asked to discard their traditional aesthetics and instead create portraits of an idealized collective state, with well-fed workers laboring in pristine factories and content farmers managing productive farms. Chief among these artists is Alexander Rodchenko, who in an effort to wed his work to Communist ideology, turned to photography as a model for shifting Constructivism toward a more utilitarian and political design. Also included are images by Arkadii Shaikhet, who faithfully captured the progress of Soviet industry, and Max Alpert, who was known for his photo documentary series on family life and factory work.
http://www.psu.edu/dept/palmermuseum/exhibitions.html
Crossroads: Modernism in Ukraine, 1910-1930 - New York
November, 5 2006 - April 29, 2007
The Ukrainian Museum
Featuring the best of high modernism from Ukraine, the exhibition includes more than 70 rarely seen works by 21 Ukrainian artists; each of the works is being shown for the first time in the United States. Examples from the Avant-Garde, Art Nouveau, Impressionism, Expressionism, Futurism and Constructivism movements are presented in a fresh, new light.
http://www.ukrainianmuseum.org/
Classic Soviet Modernist Photographer Max Penson and the Soviet Modernisation of Uzbekistan 1920-1930s - London
November 26, 2006 - February 24, 2007
Gilbert Collection
Over 200 photographs by Max Penson (1893-1959) documenting the radical transformation of Uzbekistan from a highly traditional feudal society into a modern Soviet republic taken between 1920 and 1940 will be exhibited for the first time in the UK.
http://www.gilbert-collection.org.uk/
Boccioni - Futurist Painter & Sculptor - Milan
October 6, 2006 - February 25, 2007
Palazzo Reale
http://www.mostraboccioni.it/ (in Italian)
El Lissitzky - Sieg Über die Sonne - Essen (Germany)
November 4, 2006 - January 28, 2007
Museum Folkwang
The Museum Folkwang Essen shows in a special representation the re-aquisition of "victory over the sun" by El Lissitzky. The well known prints of this map was embezzeled as degenerated art by the Nazis in 1937. In 1938 it was bought by the art dealer Karl Bucholz in Berlin and Bogota and in 1998 this map was sold in an aucition by Christies in London under Lot.Nr. 133.
The plastic formation of the electro mechanic show of El Lissitzky goes back to the opera "victory over the sun" by Michael Matjuschin in 1913. The libretto wrote Alexej Krutschonych. The firt performance has been made by Kasimir Malewitsch in 1913. Ten years later it was modernised by Lissitzky. The figures were no longer equal to human anatomy but free movements of mechanical figures, who could be moved by electro-mechanical energy. http://www.museum-folkwang.de/lissitz.htm (in German)
Merz-Places: Kurt Schwitters and his Circle - Hannover
October 8, 2006 - February 4, 2007
Sprengel Museum
This comprehensive show will present, for the first time ever, the full scope of work by this artist from Hannover. It is shown in the context of his contemporaries of the European "avant-garde". It will contain approx. 300 works of art realised in the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s, and illustrates the parallels and relations between Schwitters and his artist friends, as for instance Hans Arp, El Lissitzy, Theo van Doesburg.
http://www.sprengel-museum.de/
El Lissitzky: Constructs for a Brave New World - Washington
October 14, 2006 - January 21, 2007
The Phillips Collection
Nineteen prints by Russian artist El Lissitzky comprising two complete lithographic portfolios will be shown in conjunction with the Société Anonyme exhibition. Lissitzky (1890–1941), also an architect and theorist, created the Victory over the Sun portfolio as designs for a futurist opera, and the Proun portfolio (Project for the Affirmation of the New) to embrace utopian ideals through the use of abstract architectural forms. A gallery will be designed as a Proun room to convey some of Lissitzky's concepts in three dimensions.
http://www.phillipscollection.org/
Albers and Moholy-Nagy: From the Bauhaus to the New World - New-York
November 2, 2006 - January 21, 2007
Whitney Museum of American Art
This visually stunning exhibition is a long overdue opportunity to rediscover two pioneers of Modernism: German-born Josef Albers and Hungarian-born Laszlo Moholy-Nagy. Though their careers overlapped for barely five years, when both taught at the Bauhaus, their creative visions shared a number of concerns. These include an emphasis on experimentation, the subversion of traditional boundaries between high and applied art and a Utopian belief in art as a force for positive social change.
http://www.whitney.org/
Modernism: Designing a new world 1914-1939 - Herford (Germany)
September 16, 2006 - January 7, 2007
MARTa Herford
Modernism: Designing A New World is the first exhibition to explore the concept of Modernism in depth, rather than restricting itself, as previous exhibitions have, to particular geographical centres or to individual decades. Many forms of art and design are represented in the show. But as befits a period when the debates surrounding how people should live took centre stage, the exhibition focuses on architecture and design. The exhibition concentrates on the years 1914-39. Europe and, to a lesser extent, America are the focus but the reach of Modernism is demonstrated by selected exhibits or projects from different parts of the world.
http://www.martaherford.de
A visual weapon : the soviet photomontage 1917/1953 - Paris
October 25, 2006 - January 7, 2007
Passage de Retz
Exhibition with works from Klucis, Rodchenko, Stepanova, Senkin...
http://www.passagederetz.com/
Russia & URSS - Art, Literature, theatre 1905 - 1940 - Genova
October 26, 2006 - January 14, 2007
Palazzo Ducale
Curated by Giuseppe Marcenaro and Piero Boragina, this exhibition is the most important event on the Genoese calendar this coming autumn. It is dedicated to the aesthetic processes that were going on in Russia in the first half of the twentieth century and includes paintings, sculptures, photographs, literary manuscripts and stage sets to highlight the various creative forces which formed the artistic panorama of the time and which collectively represent its aesthetic, social and political evolution.
http://www.palazzoducale.genova.it/
Malevich: Spirituality and Form - Espoo (Finland)
October 10, 2006 - January 7, 2007
Espoo Museum of Modern Art
EMMA’s exhibition, comprising more than one hundred works, presents a versatile overview of Malevich’s oeuvre which covered many fields. The exhibition, which is the largest of its kind ever to be shown in the Nordic region, contains many rare works as well as works on public display for the first time. Besides key works of Suprematism – several versions of the black square – the exhibition broadens our knowledge of Malevich by showing paintings spanning almost thirty years. Besides paintings and drawings architectons are shown, small three-dimensional plaster structures and architectural sketches, which present the artist’s vision of urban space of the future, a socialist Utopia. The exhibition also contains Malevich’s futurist book illustrations and costume designs for the opera Victory over the Sun, as well as actual versions of the costumes. On show too are dishes designed by Malevich, photographs and documents.
http://www.emma.museum/
Written by Proeto -- March 5, 2010