'Cinema Eye' - Portrait of cameraman Mikhail Kaufmann, after 1924
Eleazar Langman (1895-1940) / From files of Mikhail Kaufman (1897-1980) / 35 mm negative / gelatin silver print
Portrait of a Young Man and a Girl, 1929
El Lissitzky (1890–1941) / working photo for the model of the poster 'Russische Ausstellung. 1929' / print from two negatives / gelatin bromine and silver print
El Lissitzky (1890–1941) / photomontage / print from three negatives / gelatin bromine and silver print
Actress (Alisa Koonen as Phaedra [?]) in a headdress designed by Alexander Vesnin, 1921
Unknown author / From the files of Moscow Camera Theatre / glass negative / gelatin silver print / negative retouching
Russian Ballet: Spanish Dance, performed by Kasian Goleizovsky (1892-1970) and Tatiana Kutasova (1906-1982), 1923-1926
Nikolay Svishchov-Paola (1874-1964) / glass negative 4 x 5 cm / bromoil
A performance of propaganda theatre 'The Blue Blouse', 1926
V. Usov, Moscow / Oratorio 'Five-Years' dedicated to 5 years of The Blue Blouse movement. Directed by Yaroslav Rodionov, designed by Nina Samoilova / glass negative 4 x 5 cm / gelatin silver print / negative retouching
On Guard, 1935
Yakov Khalip (1908–1987) / published in the magazine 'SSSR na stroyke' ('USSR in Construction'), No. 1, 1937 / 35 mm negative / gelatin bromine and silver print / From the collection of Grigory Boltyansky (1885–1953)
In connection with North Netherlands / Russia 2013, Noorderlicht Photo Gallery will be showing an exhibition of absolute masterpieces from the Soviet Avant Garde in the 1920s and socialist realism under Stalin in the years thereafter. Together they comprehend the history of Russia from a photographic perspective during one of its most dramatic periods: from avant garde experiments with collage and photomontage to suffocating but unparalleled images for the purposes of propaganda. The works from the Russian State Archive of Literature and Art in Moscow (RGALI) are unique and never before seen in The Netherlands.
El Lissitzky, Alexander Rodchenko, László Moholy-Nagy and Boris Ignatovich are some of the important names that are represented in the exhibition. Supplemented by portraits of the central figures in the Russian Avant Garde, the works tell the story of the unprecedented blossoming in art, music and literature after the Revolution. Artists in Russia and around the world had rallied massively behind the revolutionary ideals, and now, with heart and soul, set about their realization.
The movement's decline proved to be as dramatic as its rise and bloom. After the death of Lenin in 1924 and the assumption of power by Stalin, the movement faced a very severe reaction which ultimately led to the imposition of a politically sanctioned programme: socialistic realism. By the 1930s it was therefore particularly the massiveness and mechanical noise that accompanied the construction of the military and industrial complex in the Soviet Union that reverberated through photography.
The exhibition is in cooperation with
Russian Federal Archival Agency
Russian State Archive of Literature and Art
ROSIZO, State Center for Museums and Exhibitions of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation
Iris Art Foundation
Garage Center for Contemporary Culture
North Netherlands / Russia 2013 Foundation
Curators Evgeny Berezner, Irina Chmyreva, Natalia Tarasova / Working group Vladimir Sergienko, Maria Terekhova