Exhibitions

The Advent of Abstraction: Russia, 1914–1923

09 Dec 2016 - 12 Mar 2017

Gallery C218

NGC Magazine Article

As part of our ongoing Masterpiece in Focus series, this exhibition centres on the emergence of the movement in Moscow from 1915 to 1917. Pulling together more than 20 works of the Russian avant-garde, highlights include a rare relief sculpture by Vladimir Tatlin and a major suprematist painting by Kazimir Malevich. Seen alongside El Lissitzky’s Proun 8 Stellungen (Proun 8 Positions) (1923), from the national collection, the paintings, drawings, objects, manuscripts and photographs on display provide a rare opportunity to explore the development of abstraction in Russia: a decisive moment in the history of 20th-century art.

Organized by the National Gallery of Canada, with guest curator Andréi Nakov, Paris.

With the generous support of the Distinguished Patrons of the National Gallery of Canada Foundation.

El Lissitzky, <em>Proun 8 Stellungen (Proun 8 Positions)</em>, c. 1923, oil and gouache with metal foil on canvas, 139.3 x 139.3 cm diagonal. National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. Photo: NGC

El Lissitzky, Proun 8 Stellungen (Proun 8 Positions), c. 1923, oil and gouache with metal foil on canvas, 139.3 x 139.3 cm diagonal. National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. Photo: NGC