Alexander Rodchenko
Russian, 1891-1956
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Collected by a major museum
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions
2016
Agitation and Propaganda: The Soviet Political Poster 1918–1929,
Frye Art Museum
2015
Adventures of the Black Square: Abstract Art and Society 1915-2015,
Whitechapel Gallery
2014
Russian Avant-Garde Theatre: War, Revolution and Design, 1913 - 1933,
Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A)

A central figure in Russian Constructivism, Alexander Rodchenko rejected the established artistic conventions of self-expression and aesthetics, dedicating himself with revolutionary fervour to bringing art to the masses. Rodchenko and the Constructivists produced radically abstract paintings, concerned with the placement and movement of objects in space and emphasizing dynamic diagonal compositions. Denouncing easel painting and fine art on ideological grounds, Rodchenko joined the Productivist group in 1921, which advocated for the integration of art into everyday life; he duly focused on graphic design, producing propaganda posters and advertisements. Later in his career Rodchenko became impressed with the photomontage of the German Dadaists and began his own experiments in the medium. Arguably having producing the first ever monochromes, Rodchenko later proclaimed, “I reduced …

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