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Russian Avant-Garde Theatre: War, Revolution and Design

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'as much about Russia itself in a time of convulsive change as it is about footlights and proscenium walls' - The Telegraph

A richly illustrated book about the theatre culture in Russia in the decades between 1913 and 1933

The two decades between 1913 and 1933 saw an unprecedented boom in Russian theatre culture, ignited by the avant-garde movement sweeping through the art world. As artistic, literary and musical traditions underwent a transformation against the backdrop of the First World War and the Russian Revolutions, artists from many different creative disciplines converged on Russian theatre to produce a remarkable flowering of radical, visionary and experimental design for performance. Such artists included Kazimir Malevich, Alexander Rodchenko, Sergei Eisenstein, Vladimir Tatlin, Alexandra Exter, El Lissitzky, Liubov Popova and Varvara Stepanova.
This book, published alongside a major exhibition at London's V&A, in association with the Bakhrushin State Central Theatre Museum in Moscow, has over 150 beautifully reproduced, full-colour set and costume designs from leading artists and designers of the period, many of which have never been published before.
Russian Avant-Garde Theatre: War, Revolution and Design will be of interest both to theatregoers and art historians, as well as current and future designers seeking inspiration for their own work.
  • Author: John E Bowlt, Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Southern California
  • Paperback: 450 pages
  • Date published: October 2014
  • Language: English
  • Delivery: Allow 1-2 weeks
  • ISBN: 978-1848424531
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 24.1 x 3.2 cm

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