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New Meetup: Rodchenko & Stepanova: Visions of Constructivism

From: Tatsuya
Sent on: Sunday, June 6, 2010 4:30 AM
Announcing a new Meetup for Tokyo Museum Meetup Group!

What: Rodchenko & Stepanova: Visions of Constructivism

When: Saturday, June 12,[masked]:00 PM

The Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum
5-21-9, Shiroganedai, Minato-ku

Rodchenko & Stepanova: Visions of Constructivism

In 1921, Russian artist Aleksandr Rodchenko created a set of three paintings, each of which consists of nothing but one primary color. They are called "Pure Red Color," "Pure Yellow Color," and "Pure Blue Color," and they are among the earliest examples of monochrome paintings. Rodchenko created these works to signal the end of painting. In the mind of the Artist, painting was the antiquated form of art which belonged to the world of Bourgeoisie. After reducing "painting to its logical conclusion," he devoted his creative energy towards photography and graphic design, the art form of the 20th century according to him.

Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum is hosting an exhibition of works by Rodchenko and his wife Stepanova. They are the driving force of Russian Constructivism. As we know, artists still create paintings in the 21st century, so his communist vision of art clearly failed in one respect. Nonetheless, Constructivism is one of the most important artistic movements in the modern era, and Rodchenko left an immense legacy in graphic design as well as art. The exhibition offers us an opportunity to appreciate creative vision of the artist. Would you like to check this show with me?

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