Opens July 2022 to January 2023. Exact dates to be confirmed.
Russia! Icons & The Avantgarde is a major exhibition at the Ashmolean Museum that will explore the relationship between traditional Russian icon paintings and the art of the avant-garde movement in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Avant-garde artists borrowed heavily from religious icons, abstracting and re-imagining icons for their own times and agendas.
With works by Malevich, Tatlin, Rodchenko, Goncharova, and many others, the exhibition will give a fascinating insight into how different aspects of icons – romantic, poetic, Christian, mystical, political – were highlighted at different times, in keeping with the changing preoccupations of contemporary artists.
The exhibition is supported by Mr Barrie and Mrs Deedee Wigmore, Blavatnik Family Foundation, The Patrons of the Ashmolean, Huo Family Foundation, and The Exhibition Supporters Circle.