Russian Avant-Garde Theatre: War, Revolution and Design - the exhibition catalogue from V&A available to buy at Museum Bookstore

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

Russian Avant-Garde Theatre at V&A 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
  • ISBN: 978-1848424531
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 24.1 x 3.2 cm

'Yet even though it faded away, the legacy of Russian theatre remains indelible and this show perfectly captures how radical, surprising and hopeful that moment still looks' - The Financial Times

'Revolutions and World War I twisted 1913-1933 into a changeable twenty years for Russian culture. Artistic, literary and musical traditions were considerably shaken, and new types of theatrical productions demanded a wave of innovative work in unusual media. This exhibition of more than 150 radical designs from the period includes work from some of the Russian avant-garde's most celebrated figures' - Time Out

'As an insight into lesser-known productions of leading artists and a perplexing era of modern European history, it’s brilliant, and also downright beautiful to look at' - It's Nice That

'Comprising 160 works by 45 designers, much of what’s on show has been unearthed from the dusty depths of the Bakhrushin Theatre Museum archive in Moscow, some exhibited in public here in London for the first time – and it is a thrilling hoard' The Guardian

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Russian Avant-Garde Theatre: War, Revolution and Design