Works by Kazimir Malevich, Alexander Rodchenko and Vladimir Tatlin are on display at the Victoria and Albert Museum as part of an exhibition of designs by avant-garde artists for the Russian theatre
An exhibition at the V&A presents radical designs for theatrical productions by celebrated figures of the Russian avant-garde.
Among these are set and costume designs conceived between 1913 and 1933 by leading artists and designers including Kazimir Malevich, Alexander Rodchenko, Vladimir Tatlin and Liubov Popova.
The works were created over the course of two decades marked by the Russian revolutions and the first world war – a time when artistic, literary and musical traditions in Russia were undergoing great transformation.
Artists who worked in a variety of mediums – including painting, architecture, textiles, photography and graphics – worked together on theatrical productions to create a variety of designs and this work came to inform wider artistic practices.
Above are some of the works on display.
Russian Avant-garde Theatre: War Revolution and Design 1913 – 1933 ends on 15 March 2015
Images: A. A. Bakhrushin State Central Theatre Museum