Hymn To Labor

On August 5th a new exhibition opened at the Russian Museum in St. Petersburg focusing on the theme of labor in Soviet art. Here’s an excerpt (in somewhat broken English) from the exhibition’s website:

“The exposition includes about 200 art works from the collection of the Russian Museum. There are presented the paintings, graphic works and the works of applied art of the 1910–1970’s connected with the industrial theme. The most part of the works is presented for the first time.

The industrial theme had the great ideological significance and was one of the mayors in the Soviet art. The exposition gives viewers the opportunity to feel the atmosphere of the Soviet epoch, to walk along the improvised alley of the labour heroes and to see the works having the monumental sonority and civic inspiration. The heroes of these works are showed in the course of the labour on the metallurgical plants, factories, oil-extracting fields or on the industrial building projects. The basic ways of development of the Soviet art in the 1920-1930’s are reflected in the industrial landscapes by K. Bogayevsky, A. Kuprin, V. Rozhdestvensky and in the paintings by A. Deineka, K. Petrov-Vodkin. A. Samokhvalov, V. Pakulin and the other masters.”

Update 8/18:

This article (in Russian) has a small gallery of images from the exhibition.

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Author: Barry O'Keefe

Artist/printmaker from Richmond, Va

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