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Georgi Zelma 1906 - 1984. Petrusov and Shaikhet. Period gelatin silver print 6.8 x 9 in 17.27 x 22.86 cm

Russian Avant-Garde Photography, Alexander Rodchenko & Vkhutemas Workshop in London 0

The Visual Revolution
Russian Avant-Garde Photography, Alexander Rodchenko & Vkhutemas Workshop
Richard Saltoun Gallery, London
July 9 - August 28, 2014

This comprehensive exhibition is drawn from a single renowned collection, which comprises more than 1,500 vintage photographs. The collection was built in the early part of the 21st century and includes photographs from the Constructivist-Suprematist period (1920s), the Socialist-Realist period (1930s) and World War II photography. There are over 100 photographers represented, with a significant number by Max Alpert, Simon Fridland, Naum S Granovski, Yevgeni Khaldei, Gustav Klutsis, Alexander Rodchenko, Akady Shishkin, Varvara Stepanova and Georgi Zelma.

Alexander Rodchenko 1891-1956. Pryzhok s shestom (High Jumper), 1937. Gelatin silver print 5.12 x 6.12 in 13.00 x 15.54 cm

One of the greatest innovators of the XX century, avant-gardes and an acknowledged leader of Russian Constructivism, Alexander Rodchenko's artistic oeuvre has influenced design, architecture and 'photo-art'.

Max Alpert 1899 - 1980. Untitled (Dnepr Dam). Gelatin silver print 12.12 x 9 in 30.78 x 22.86 cm

From intimate portraits to street scenes, from dynamic architectural analysis to photomontage, his revolutionary practice re-established the role of photography and of the photographer himself. Key works to be included are Woman With a Baby (1928), Portrait of Mayakovsky (1924) and Portrait of Varvara Stepanova (1925).

Vkhutemas Workshop 1920 - 1930 148. Vkhutemas, IV_4_13(8), 1920s Vintage gelatin silver print 5 x 7 in 12.70 x 17.78 cm

The Vkhutemas Workshop had a brief but significant existence, established 1920 and dissolved in 1930. Its impact both at the time and now is tremendous, as out of the Workshop originated constructivism, rationalism and suprematism. Though contemporaneous to the Bauhaus (1919-1933), the Vkhutemas Workshop has never achieved the same status or degree of prominence but its legacy endures within art historical circles. A curated selection of works by the Vkhutemas Workshop to be exhibited include photographs by leading artists Alexander Rodchenko, Gustav Klutsis and Varvara Stepanova, alongside works by lesser-known students at the school.