Alexander Rodchenko is one of the most famous avant-garde artists who worked in painting, sculpture, design and, above all, photography. In 1924, he bought his first camera, and over the next decade, he created images that changed the attitude towards photography forever. With unconventional angles, like high above, down below, or diagonal, Rodchenko proposed to ‘boost the ability to see into things’ and revolutionize the view, forever abandoning classical schemes and compositions.
The exhibition features 58 works by the master from the Still Art Foundation collection, his famous photographs (Balconies, Fire Escape, Pioneer Trumpeter Boy, Orchestra. White Sea Canal), as well as portraits of family members and friends, including Vladimir Mayakovsky, Lilya Brik, Osip Brik, Varvara Stepanova, and others. Many of these photographs have been published in periodicals, and some have been used for posters and photo collages, completely changing the Soviet viewer’s perspective.
The exhibition, organised by musicAeterna in collaboration with the Still Art Foundation and Lumiere Gallery, is a part of the joint regional project of the Still Art Foundation and Lumiere Gallery. The exhibition takes place in the gallery of Dom Radio, which, from 1918 to 1933, housed Proletkult, an organisation for the development and distribution of a new revolutionary culture. It was the venue for conferences of the People’s Commissariat for Education, theatrical productions, concerts, film screenings, performances and meetings with artists, many of whom became the subjects of Rodchenko’s photographs.