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Kazimir Malevich, Peasants, 1930 ©2016 State Russian Museum St Petersburg

Revolution: Russian Art 1917-1932

Royal Academy of Art, 11th February to 17th April

When Lenin first took power, significant figures of the Russian avant-garde, such as Mayakovsky, Tatlin and Malevich, optimistically debated what a “people’s” art should be. Until 1932, when Stalin decreed that all art should express Soviet ideology, originality flourished. This ambitious exhibition surveys the gamut—from the innovative abstractions of Kandinsky to the graphic designs of…

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