It is a whirlwind trip to see some of the finest pieces of art on display at exhibitions around the world, transporting one in a matter of moments to different epochs by capturing the stunning images through print and paint. Today we look at seven exhibitions that explore the works of Russian avant-garde artists and sixties revolutionaries.
“You Say You Want a Revolution? Records and Rebels 1966-1970”, at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, from September 10, 2016 to February 26, 2017
This major upcoming exhibition will walk us through the ideals of the 1960s: optimism and aspirations were brought to life in political activism, movies, music, fashion and design. At the heart of the exhibition will be a musical odyssey featuring big names in 20th-century music.
“George Lilanga”, organized by the Zinsou Fondation at Lab de Fidjrossè in Cotonou, Benin, from September 12,
The work of the Tanzanian George Lilanga, who died in 2005, will be exhibited in Benin in the fall, at Lab de Fidjrossè, in the country’s economic capital Cotonou. Organized by the Zinsou Foundation, the exhibition will include both paintings and sculptures characteristic of Lilani’s conteporary style, including his famous half-human half-imaginary “shetanis” (small Satans).
“Yves Klein” at Tate Liverpool from October 21, 2016 to March 5, 2017
A major artist of the post-war period, Yves Klein is known around the world for his blue monochrome paintings. Tate Liverpool is holding the first British retrospective of his work in 20 years.
“Icons of Modern Art. The Shchukin Collection” at the Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris, from October 22, 2016 to February 20, 2017
The man behind this exhibition is Sergei Shchukin, a Russian who collected French modern art of the early 20th century. The show includes works by major artists such as Monet, Van Gogh, Picasso and Degas. Visitors to the Fondation Vuitton will be introduced to the collection through 130 pieces from the Hermitage Museum and the Pushkin State Museum.
“Konstantin Grcic – Panorama” at the Hong Kong Design Institute, from November 25, 2016 to February 26, 2017
Konstantin Grcic, who designed such iconic pieces as the Chair One and the Mayday lamp, is considered one of the leading designers of our time. This new exhibition at the Hong Kong Design Institute examines the German designer’s career through drawings and installations specifically created by Grcic for the event.
“Robert Rauschenberg” at the Tate Modern, London, from December 1, 2016 to April 2, 2017
Tate Modern is holding the first retrospective of the artist Robert Rauschenberg since his death in 2008. Rauschenberg was one of the creators of pop art. Just like Andy Warhol, he worked with mass imagery and materials — painting, silk-screen printing, found objects, newspapers, and images of politicians, sports personalities and pop stars.
“A Revolutionary Impulse: The Rise of the Russian Avant-Garde” at the MoMA, New York, from March 4, 2016 to March 12, 2017
This MoMA exhibition explores a period of artistic innovation in Russia from the First World War until the end of the first Five-Year Plan (during the inter-war period). Coinciding with the centenary of the Russian Revolution, the exhibition features the movement’s experimental projects in painting, drawing, sculpture, print, books, film, etc.