REVOLUTIJA. From Chagall to Malevich, from Repin to KandinskyDec 12 – May 13, 2018
Museo D'Arte Moderna di Bologna, Bologna, Metropolitan City of Bologna, Italy
Over 70 artworks – outstanding masterpieces from the State Russian Museum of St. Petersburg display the developing styles and the dynamics of development of artists such as Nathan Altman, Natalia Goncharova, Kazimir Malevich, Wassily Kandinsky, Marc Chagall, Valentin Serov and Alexandr Rodchenko among the others, showing the extraordinary modernity of Russian cultural movements at the beginning of twentieth century: from Primitivism to Cubo-futurism, up to Suprematism, at the same time building a chronological parallel between figurative Expressionism and pure Abstractionism.
The Geniuses of the Russian EmigreMarch 1 - May 20, 2018
Kaliningrad Museum of Fine Art
Realism and Abstraction in Expressionist ArtMarch 20 - July 6, 2018
Galerie St. Etienne, New York
Realism and abstraction are frequently cast as opposing forces in modernism’s developmental narrative. For reasons that had to do less with art-historical inevitably than with geopolitics, abstraction was declared victorious in the United States after World War II. Reflecting wartime alliances, American abstraction traced its lineage to France, while the Germanic tradition of figural Expressionism was largely sidelined. To the extent that Germany’s contributions to modernism were acknowledged, Munich’s Blaue Reiter group, which experimented most overtly with abstraction, received greater attention than the comparatively representational work of artists based elsewhere in German-speaking Europe. Wassily Kandinsky’s esoteric theories, endorsed by Galka Scheyer on the West Coast and Hilla Rebay at the fledgling Guggenheim Museum (originally the Museum of Non-Objective Painting) in New York, seemed to affirm the formalist dogma that dominated the American art world in the third quarter of the twentieth century.