Russia! Icons & the Avantgarde


Open July 2022 – January 2023

This major exhibition will explore the relationship between traditional Russian icon paintings and the art of the avant-garde movement in the late 19th and early 20th century.

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 pre-occupations of contemporary artists.

Golden painting by Kasimir Malevich of a cross-legged figure with a halo, and multiple figures around the outside

Assumption of a Saint, 1907/08, by Kasimir Malevich (1879–1935), Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam Collection  

16th-century religious icon painting of Saint Procopius against a red background

Icon of St. Procopius of Ustiug, first half 16th century, tempera on panel, The State Tretyakov Gallery


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Mr Barrie and Mrs Deedee Wigmore

Blavatnik Family Foundation

The Patrons of the Ashmolean

Huo Family Foundation

The Exhibition Supporters Circle


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