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Red: Art & Utopia in the Land of the Soviets

Grand Palais, Paris

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More than 400 works, from the period spanning the October Revolution of 1917 to Stalin’s death in 1953, tell the story of art under the Soviets. Avant-garde movements like Constructivism and Suprematism are presented alongside the doctrine of socialist realism to explore the various ways in which art was deployed for political ends. Find out more from the Grand Palais’s website.

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Photograph of Alexander Rodchenko in a Productivist costume made by his wife Varvara Stepanova (1923), Mikhaïl Kaufman.

Photograph of Alexander Rodchenko in a Productivist costume made by his wife Varvara Stepanova (1923), Mikhaïl Kaufman. Photo: © A. Rodchenko & V. Stepanova Archive

Millions of workers! Join the socialist competition! (c. 1927), Gustav Klucis.

Millions of workers! Join the socialist competition! (c. 1927), Gustav Klucis. Photo: © Collection du musée national des Beaux-Arts de Lettonie

Fantasy (1925), Kouzma Petrov-Vodkine.

Fantasy (1925), Kouzma Petrov-Vodkine. Photo: © State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg

Pure Red (1921), Alexander Rodchenko.

Pure Red (1921), Alexander Rodchenko. Photo: A. Rodchenko & V. Stepanova Archive, © Adagp, Paris, 2019.