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Revolution: New Art for a New World

Revolution: New Art for a New World

The Russian Avant-Garde, a century onMar. 08, 2017 85 Min.
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Drawing on the collections of major Russian institutions, contributions from contemporary artists, curators and performers and personal testimony from the descendants of those involved, the film brings the artists of the Russian Avant-Garde to life. It tells the stories of artists like Chagall, Kandinsky and Malevich – pioneers who flourished in response to the challenge of building a new art for a new world, only to be broken by implacable authority after 15 short years and silenced by Stalin’s Socialist Realism.

Revolution: New Art for a New World
Revolution: New Art for a New World
Original titleRevolution: New Art for a New World

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  • southseas_dreamerMarch 9, 2017Reply

    A Gem About Post-Revolutionary Russia

    I caught a screening of this film put on by the Denver Film Society and
    what a gem it is. The two other people in my party and I showed up to
    the theater just a couple of minutes before it was scheduled to start
    and we almost didn’t get a seat – the theater was that full. This film
    does a great job of explaining the hope and idealism that was present
    in the arts community in post-revolutionary Russia and follows it
    through to the compromise and disillusionment leading into Soviet
    Realism under Stalin. The writer/director has done a great job tracking
    down the descendants of the great Avante-Garde artists who tell the
    fascinating stories of their talented relatives. She also tracks down
    hidden masterpieces in the vaults of Russian museums that haven’t been
    seen in decades. You will most certainly want to see this film if you
    are interested in post-revolutionary Russia, Avante- Garde art or art
    curating. A screen crawl at the end divulges what happened to the
    various artists mentioned in the film. The lucky ones emigrated. The
    less fortunate literally died for their art by being tortured to death
    or were put in front of a firing squad. Others spent decades in the
    Soviet gulag. Very dramatic stuff!

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