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Dreams of Russia
Russian Avant-Garde 1917-1937
Art Impression Dreams of Russia Avant Garde Aleksandr Rodchenko Museum Modern Ceramic Gifu Art Impression Dreams of Russia Avant Garde Elizaveta Yakunina Octavian The State Museum Theatre and Music St.Petersburg Art Impression Dreams of Russia Avant Garde Sergei Chekhonin Plate Hammer Sickle State Porcelain Factory Utsunomiya Museum of Art Art Impression Dreams of Russia Avant Garde Poster Anton Lavinskii Battleship Potemkin The National Library St.Petersburg Art Impression Dreams of Russia Avant Garde Aleksandr Rodchenko Lavrentiev Tadao Yoshijima Museum Modern Ceramic Gifu
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At the beginning of the twentieth century, Russia's Avant-Garde painters and poets were the driving force in a radical revolution in the arts that sought to reject and destroy tradition. In the midst of that art revolution, a political revolution, the Russian Revolution-occurred. Russia's avant-garde artists became part of the new government, their dreams overlapping those of the state. During the extended civil war in Russia, these artists dedicated themselves to creating posters, plays, even ceramics that would serve as propaganda to spread the ideas of the revolution more wildely throughout the Russian polulace. In the 1920s, when a partial market economy was introduced, those artists' subject matter changed to film posters, illustrated magazines and books, stage sets and costumes, and architecture, the creation of new lifestyles. During the first Five Year Plan, posters, magazines, even textiles were used to promote increased production and industrialization. Those revolutionary artists' dreams soon, however, came to an end. With the 1937 Great Purge, on the twentieth anniversary of the Revolution, creative activity went silent. This exhibition is an ideal opportunity to experience the dreams that menbers of the Russian Avant-Garde had embraced and to sense the passion and exaltation of the period before silence descended.
This exhibition presents nearly 212 exhibits of posters, magazines, ceramics, costumes, textiles and others from the collections of Russian museums of the National Library of Russia, St. Petersburg, the State Museum of Theatre and Music, St. Petersburg, the State Museum of the History of St. Petersburg and the MARKhl Museum, Moscow and the Japanese museums, universities and private collectors.

【Date and Place】

10 October - 6 December 2009
The Museum of Modern Art, Saitama
Organized by:
The Museum of Modern Art, Saitama

30 January – 28 March 2010
Okazaki City Museum
Organized by:
Okazaki City Museum

3 April - 9 May 2010
Yamagata Museum of Art
Organized by :
Yamagata Museum of Art
Yamagata Shimnun
Yamagata Broadcasting Co., Ltd.
Co-organized by :
Yamagata Prefecture
Yamagata Prefectural Foundation of Lifelong Learning and Culture

〔For thesethreer exhibitions〕
With the patronage of :
Embassy of Russian Federation
Russian Federation Agency for Cultural Cooperation with Foreign Countries With the cooperation of :
Lufthansa Cargo AG, Lufthansa German Airlines
With the coordination of :
Art Impression Inc.

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