The Advent of Abstraction: Russia, 1914–1923

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.


Friday, December 9, 2016 Sunday, March 12, 2017


National Gallery of Canada Gallery C218
380 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, ON K1N 9N4

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