AVANT-GARDES in Russian Art

Russian art is well known worldwide mainly because of the works executed by artists who pioneered various forms of non-objectivity. Wassily Kandinsky’s abstractions, which appeared in 1910–1911, Kazimir Malevich’s Suprematist works and Vladimir Tatlin’s Constructivist designs, which originated in the mid-1910s, have long been recognised as innovative developments that enriched world art.

But visitors to the exhibition halls of Málaga’s Tabacalera building will discover the far less familiar names of others who also contributed to Russia’s artistic life in the early decades of the 20th century. Among them are David Burliuk, Nadezhda Lermontova, Kuzma PetrovVodkin, David Shterenberg, Boris Grigoriev and many other artists. Their works too have been included in the exhibition, thus showcasing the many splendid facets of the Russian Avant-Garde.

MAYAKOVSKY Artist and Poet

Vladimir Mayakovsky (1893–1930) is known in Russian and world culture as a poet first and foremost, but there were many sides to his talent. Thanks to his poetic and artistic gifts, and also his brilliant charisma and rebellious spirit, he became a landmark figure in Russian Futurism, and the bard of the Russian Revolution.

Vladimir Mayakovsky lived a short but very vivid life, and he became the symbol of a whole epoch in Russia’s history. His works have been translated into more than 42 languages around the world. Many Russian towns have streets, squares, parks, underground stations, theatres and libraries named after him, and numerous statues of him have been erected.


On the bicentenary of the birth of Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821-1881), the Russian Museum Collection presents a ‘capsule’ exhibition because in a new and limited space it offers an intimate view of the writer, who was a great lover of art and maintained friendships with a number of artists. But this bond is further strengthened by the fact that his youth was spent in the Mikhailovsky Palace (Palace of Engineers), which is now one of the buildings belonging to the State Russian Museum in St. Petersburg.

His image was reproduced by painters and graphic artists, and numerous photographs of the writer taken during his lifetime have survived. The exhibition in the Russian Museum Collection brings together portraits of Dostoevsky, as well as a funerary mask by an unknown sculptor. These works show how the majority of these artists injected into their creations the drama that Dostoevsky reflected in his literary works. In addition, a series of works have been selected from which one can see drawings of his face, the rooms in which he created his novels and stories, as well as illustrations of his works.

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