Russian Avant-garde Theatre: War Revolution and Design (WWI)

  • What:
    Displays
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  • Where:
    Theatre & Performance, Room 104 and Leighton, Room 102

DISPLAY: This display reveals twenty years of radical and revolutionary designs for performance against the backdrop of the First World War and the Russian Revolutions.

Around 150 set and costume designs demonstrate the creative, experimental and visionary performance designs of celebrated artists including Kazimir Malevich, Alexander Rodchenko, Vladimir Tatlin, Alexandra Exter, El Lissitsky, Liubov Popova and Varvara Stepanova. With a large number of works exhibited in the UK for the first time, the display explores the unprecedented boom in Russian theatre culture during the first decades of the 20th century and the development of the avant-garde movement. Curated in collaboration with the A.A.Bakhrushin State Central Theatre Museum, Moscow and supported by the Russian Ministry of Culture.

For other WWI Centenary Displays, events and for more information please follow the links.

Displays complement our permanent collections; there are many free temporary displays around the V&A. They range in size from a single case to a room.

Image caption: Alexander Rodchenko, costume design for a Chansonette, 1920, 'We' © The Bakhrushin State Theatre Museum, Moscow

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