Anna Leporskaja, Three Women, 1932-1934
The avant-garde was feminine! At least, that was the case in Russia before and after the Revolution of 1917. A great number of Russian artists were convinced that their work could contribute to a fair and classless society. In comparison to other avant-garde movements, it is conspicuous just how many women were involved in this movement in Russia. They stood on an equal footing with their male colleagues and collaborated with them in a self-confident manner. Without the powerful vision of figures such as Aleksandra Ekster, Natalia Goncharova and others, the avant-garde movements structured around Mikhail Larionov, Kazimir Malevich or Vladimir Tatlin would never have been able to have such an extraordinary impact. The exhibition illustrates the central role of female artists in Russia in the early twentieth century. Many of the works on display are being presented in the Netherlands for the very first time.
Women of the Revolution
Groninger Museum, the Netherlands, through 18 August 2013
Via Caroline Claeys