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Art and utopia in the land of Soviets

Photomontage. Alexander Rodchenko,  Varvara Stepanova.
Young Gliders. Sketch of a double page for the magazine “USSR in Construction”. 1933.
Collection of the Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow
© A. Rodchenko – V. Stepanova Archive/ Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow Photography of  Alexander Rodchenko.
Work with an Orchestra. From the series “Construction of the White Sea-Baltic Canal”. 1933.
Artist’s silver gelatin print.
Collection of the Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow
© A. Rodchenko – V. Stepanova Archive/ Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow Alexander Rodchenko.
Jumping into Water. 1934.
Artist’s silver gelatin print.
Collection of the Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow.
© A. Rodchenko – V. Stepanova Archive/ Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow Alexander Rodchenko.
Tilt Your Guns.
Moscow, Red Square.
1935.
Artist’s silver gelatin print.
Collection of the Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow
© A. Rodchenko – V. Stepanova Archive/ Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow Mikhail Prekhner.
Narkomfin commune building.
USSR, Moscow, 1930s
Silver gelatin print. 
Collection of the Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow
© Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow Mikhail Prekhner. 
Model aircraft enthusiast.
USSR. 1934.
For the magazine USSR in Construction, 1935, №1. 
Silver gelatin print.
Collection of the Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow
© Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow Boris Ignatovich.
The construction of metro (“Construction – full tilt”).
USSR, Moscow, 1934.
Paper FB, silver gelatin print.
Collection of the Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow
© Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow Photomontage.
Alexander Rodchenko.
“BBVP is Ready”. Photomontage for the magazine “USSR in Construction”, dedicated to the building of the White Sea-Baltic Canal. 
USSR, 1933.
Artist’s print.
Collection of the Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow
© A. Rodchenko – V. Stepanova Archive/ Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow

Photomontage. Alexander Rodchenko, Varvara Stepanova. Young Gliders. Sketch of a double page for the magazine “USSR in Construction”. 1933. Collection of the Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow © A. Rodchenko – V. Stepanova Archive/ Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow

Photography of Alexander Rodchenko. Work with an Orchestra. From the series “Construction of the White Sea-Baltic Canal”. 1933. Artist’s silver gelatin print. Collection of the Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow © A. Rodchenko – V. Stepanova Archive/ Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow

Alexander Rodchenko. Jumping into Water. 1934. Artist’s silver gelatin print. Collection of the Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow. © A. Rodchenko – V. Stepanova Archive/ Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow

Alexander Rodchenko. Tilt Your Guns. Moscow, Red Square. 1935. Artist’s silver gelatin print. Collection of the Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow © A. Rodchenko – V. Stepanova Archive/ Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow

Mikhail Prekhner. Narkomfin commune building. USSR, Moscow, 1930s
Silver gelatin print. Collection of the Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow © Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow

Mikhail Prekhner. Model aircraft enthusiast. USSR. 1934. For the magazine USSR in Construction, 1935, №1. Silver gelatin print. Collection of the Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow © Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow

Boris Ignatovich. The construction of metro (“Construction – full tilt”). USSR, Moscow, 1934. Paper FB, silver gelatin print. Collection of the Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow © Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow

Photomontage. Alexander Rodchenko. “BBVP is Ready”. Photomontage for the magazine “USSR in Construction”, dedicated to the building of the White Sea-Baltic Canal. USSR, 1933. Artist’s print. Collection of the Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow © A. Rodchenko – V. Stepanova Archive/ Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow

Paris, 20.03—1.07.2019

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Red Art and utopia in the land of Soviets

The October revolution of 1917 led to an upheaval in the social order, the repercussions of which proved decisive in terms of artistic creativity. Many artists were committed to the communist cause and wanted to participate in the construction of the new society through their works. Led for the most part by genuine convictions, as with Mayakovsky, these artists held opposing ideas on what the art of socialism should be. From the end of the 1920s, such debates were silenced by the Stalinist regime.

This led to the gradual establishment of socialist realism, an aesthetic doctrine that came to govern all areas of creativity. Such debates were followed closely in capitalist countries: many artistic exchanges were established with the young Soviet Russia, which attracted intellectuals and artists curious to discover the «fatherland of socialism».

It is this story, with its tensions and its ups and downs, that the exhibition relates through a series of important works on loan from the major Russian museums and the Centre Pompidou; a history where material innovations and ideological constraints, inextricably linked, raise the question of a possible politicisation of the arts.