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Radiant Future. Art of Socialist Realism

A. Mylnikov. In Peaceful Fields. 1950. The State Russian Museum
10 february 2018—21 january 2019
The exhibition is held at the Málaga branch. 

The period between the 1930s and the 1950s was indeed a controversial period in the history of Russian art. In the Soviet Union, the state regulated art in all aspects, having declared ideological change and education of the working class its primary function. Social realism was proclaimed mandatory artistic method for all Soviet artists. Understandable for the masses and stylistically close to the Russian painting of the turn of the 19th century, the art of that period created a plausible image of a just and prosperous state, in which each citizen is happy and full of enthusiasm due to the triumph of socialism. 

The exhibition, encompassing topics from industrialization and agriculture to sport and youth, includes over 100 works of painting, sculpture, and decorative and applied art from the collection of the Russian Museum and features artworks by such artists as S. Adlivankin, I. Brodsky, A. Gerasimov, A. Deineka, P. Konchalovsky, Yu. Pimenov, A. Samokhvalov, and K. Yuon. 

The canon of socialist realism was not only ideologically powerful, but also didactical, narrative, and spectacular. Oriented to the broadest public, it formed an optimistic myth about the realization of a communist utopia. Works of that period reflect not only ideological demands and norms, but also the collective will of people, their dreams of a fair, beautiful, and exuberant future.

A. Deineka. The Run. 1932-1933. The State Russian Museum A. Samokhvalov. S. M. Kirov Watches the Parade of Sportsmen. 1935. The State Russian Museum I. Brodsky. Lenin at the Tribune. 1927. The State Russian Museum

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Kazimir Malevich

Kazimir Malevich

14 september 2018—3 february 2019

The exhibition is held at the Málaga branch. 
An exhibition of works by Kazimir Malevich, the most iconic figure of the Russian avant-garde, will introduce the viewers to the artist’s diverse legacy.

David Burliuk

David Burliuk

14 september 2018—2 february 2019

The exhibition is held at the Málaga branch.
Fifteen paintings by David Burliuk from the collection of the Russian Museum, created in the period between 1906 and the 1940s.

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