Russian Avant-garde which immensely contributed to shaping the art world in the 20th century comes to İstanbul. Sabancı University Sakıp Sabancı Museum hosts the exhibition ‘Dreaming the Future. ‘Russian Avant-garde Art and Design’ featuring a comprehensive anthology of the Russian Avant-Garde.
The exhibition is co-curated by Dr. Nazan Ölçer Head of Sakıp Sabancı Museum and Dr. Maria Tsantsanoglou, Head of the George Costakis Collection at State Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki. Besides the Costakis Collection the exhibition contains a selection of 513 works from Moscow’s All-Russian Museum of Decorative Arts and Multimedia Art Museum and works from leading private collections in Europe.
One of the world’s most important Russian Avant-Garde collections, the George Costakis Collection at Thessaloniki State Museum of Contemporary Art forms the basis of the ‘Dreaming the Future. Russian Avant-Garde Art and Design’ exhibition including art works from artists such as Kazimir Malevich, the creator of art history’s iconic Black Square, Vladimir Tatlin, the pioneer of a new period of artistic theory where he obscured the boundaries between art and production, Alexander Rodchenko the courageous pioneer of photography, painting, sculpture and graphic art. Again, from the George Costakis Collection are works by representatives of the many female artist of the period such as Olga Rozanova whose work was based on interaction between text and depiction, Lyubov Popova who with her set designs contributed to the transformation of plays into the language of the theatre, and Natalia Goncharova who turned towards Russian folk art and undertook a determining role in Russian Avant-garde. The exhibition, ‘Dreaming the Future. Russian Avant-garde Art and Design’ is the first time the works of all the big names representing this turning point in 20th century art history come together in Turkey.