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The exhibition is a retrospective of the photographs of Alexander Rodchenko, one of the leading Russian artists of the first half of the 20th century.
It is a great honour for the Reykjavík Art Museum to have the opportunity to display this exhibition of Rodchenko’s work, which has been shown in many countries around the world in the past few years. No-one with an interest in art, political history, photography or graphic art should miss this unique chance to experience Rodchenko’s work.
Born in St. Petersburg in 1891, Rodchenko worked in Moscow as an artist and designer from 1915. He used many different media in his art: he started out as a painter and sculptor, then moved into photography in 1925. He was a pioneer in photography and graphic design.
The art of Rodchenko and other avant-garde Russian artists of the time is indissolubly connected with the rapidly-changing Russian society of the time, industrialisation and the Russian Revolution. Rodchenko was one of the key figures in a group of radical artists in Moscow, who called themselves Constructivists, and saw art as a tool to serve the interests of society and progress.
Rodchenko was convinced of the power of photography, and strove to convince people to see it as an art form. Through his pictures, he wanted people to see the world with new eyes. Rodchenko pioneered new approaches to composition and took photographs from unconventional viewpoints.
Harshly criticised for his art, Rodchenko was forced to toe the party line on art; but he continued to write about photography, and received state commissions to take photographs of industrial development etc.
Reykjavik Art Museum.