> Avant-Garde Theatre: A Very Russian Day At The V&A


Vladimir Tatlin: Costume Designs for the Archers for the Life for the Tsar (unrealised), 1913-15. Pencil, India ink and gouache on cardboard. Bakhrushin State Central Theatre Museum, Moscow

'Russian Avant-Garde Theatre: War, Revolution & Design' is the name of an exhibition, that is currently on display at the V&A in London. From 18.10.2014 until 25.01.2015, you have the opportunity to see more than 150 radical designs for theatrical productions by well-known figures of the Russian avant-garde. All the pieces, have been created between 1913 and 1933, an important time for Russian theatre. The majority of these designs, are being seen for the first time in the UK.


Alex Khvostenko-Khvostov: Set design for Mystery-Bouffe: 
A Heroic, Epic and Satirical Depiction of Our Epoch produced at the Heroic Theatre, Kharkov, 1921. Pencil, gouache, collage on cardboard. Bakhrushin State Central Theatre Museum, Moscow

When we went there, Russian music was playing and all the walls were dark red! It was impressive, considering that a lot of these pieces were revolutionary and risky to produce, in the time they have been created. If you want to see these original drawings, movie posters and miniature theatre set designs before they go back to Moscow, you should plan a visit to the Victoria & Albert Museum soon. PS. Cultural experiences like a museums visit, are free in London. You're welcome!

Set model for Mystery-Bouffe, 1938

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