|Future Aviators © Tret'jakov National Gallery, Moscow|
|The Defense of Petrograd|
© The Central Museum of the Armed Forces
The show places the artist firmly within his political oeuvre from the outset, however, and opens with his iconic 1928 painting The Defense of Petrograd - propagandist yes, but with its dynamic composition and cinematographic feel, this image cannot fail to fascinate. The Interventionists' Mercenary (1931) is another overtly political painting, but cropped like a snap shot and painted using a limited palette, the image has the power of the best photojournalism - the unflinching stare of the mercenary soldier standing above the corpses of three victims and posing, hand on hip, is genuinely disturbing.
|Race © The Russian Museum, St. Petersburg|
|Roman Road © Tret'jakov National Gallery, Moscow|
With over eighty pieces of work on display including not only paintings, but also graphic work such as posters and illustrations, bronze sculptures, as well as mosaics and a fascinating and highly effective video installation look at the oval mosaic ceiling panels at the Moscow Mayakovskaya Metro Station, this is a hugely enjoyable exhibition that I'll be returning to several times during its run. Highly recommended!
Aleksandr Deineka: Soviet master of modernity is curated by Irina Vakar, Elena Voronovič and Matteo Lafranconi and continues at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni until 1 May 2011.
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