Russian Avant-Garde Theatre: War, Revolution and Design, 1913 – 1933


From 18 October 2014 a new display in the Theatre and Performance Galleries will present more than 150 radical designs for theatrical productions by celebrated figures of the Russian avant-garde. On view will be set and costume designs by leading artists and designers including Kazimir Malevich, Alexander Rodchenko, Vladimir Tatlin, Alexandra Exter, El Lissitsky, Liubov Popova and Varvara Stepanova. Many previously unseen in the UK.

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When the point of support disappears

Set design for Victory Over the Sun produced at the Luna Park Theatre, St. Petersburg, 1913. Italian pencil on paper.

“We can only perceive space when we break free from the earth, when the point of support disappears” Malevich, 1928 manifesto, ‘The Non-Objective World’ Malevich and the artists of the Russian Avant-Garde movement re-invented space. Their explorations and experiments in the world of theatre helped them to develop and articulate their artistic visions and ideas. […]

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