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Regretfully, this exhibition has been withdrawn from The Ashmolean’s 2022 programme due to the serious and deteriorating situation in Ukraine and the sanctions imposed or threatened on both Russia and the UK.

Russia! Icons & The Avantgarde

Russia! Icons & The Avantgarde Exhibition at the Ashmolean Museum Oxford
Assumption of a Saint, 1907/08, by Kasimir Malevich (1879–1935), Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam Collection

About Russia! Icons & The Avantgarde

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.

Tickets will be on sale in summer 2022. Members and Patrons will have access to a priority booking period and exclusive preview day.
Left (top): Assumption of a Saint, 1907/08, by Kasimir Malevich (1879–1935), Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam Collection. Right (bottom): Icon of St. Procopius of Ustiug, first half 16th century, tempera on panel, The State Tretyakov Gallery.

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.