What Is To Be Done? Russian Arts and Design 1917 - 28





What Is To Be Done? Что делать? Chto delat' ?

Evoking artistic struggle in Moscow's artistic and design revolution 1917 - 30

An Installation by artist / filmmaker Lutz Becker, illustrator Andrzej Klimowski and artist John Phillips

Free entry, 8th September - 28th October 2017

This installation celebrates the drama and chaos of the Russian art and design revolution and has been created by three contemporary artists - Lutz Becker, Andrzej Klimowski and John Phillips. All three have been profoundly influenced by revolutionary Russian art at different stages in their careers. Referencing Russian installation artist Kabakov, this multi media show uses photography, photocollage, film, print, and illustration to construct a unique environment.

The starting point is a cramped communal apartment in early 20th century Moscow - an imagined space shared by suprematist, futurist and constructivist artists Malevich, El Lissizky, Mayakovsky, Tatlin, Klutsis, Rodchenko and Stepanova, the Stenberg brothers, Popova, and the proto-socialist realist Issak Brodsky.

This narrative about co-operation and competition between leading avante garde artists reflects a turbulent and changing world, and a battlefield of ideas that continued until all freedom of speech and expression was eliminated as Stalin consolidated his power.
The show evokes the artistic struggles of the era, as well as the everyday dramas of life in a Kommunalka (communal apartment).

The installation has been created and designed by film maker, artist and Soviet art expert Lutz Becker, director of the film 'Art in Revolution'; leading illustrator, graphic novelist and designer Andrzej Klimowski; and artist and photographer John Phillips.

Opening party September 7th, 6.30 -8.30.


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