Now On Display

Paste, Stick, Glue: Constructing Collage in Russia
On view March 4–June 3, 2019
Opening Reception: Monday, March 4, 2019, from 5 to 6:30 pm

Director of Amherst Center for Russian Culture, Michael Kunichika’s welcome, followed by remarks by David Little, Director and Chief Curator of the Mead Art Museum, and curatorial remarks by Galina Mardilovich, Acting Curator of Russian and European Art at the Mead Art Museum

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The word collage comes from the French verb coller, which means “to paste, stick, glue.” In practice, it is a technique that involves the physical layering of disparate elements. It originated as an art form when the Cubists and Futurists experimented with the surface of the picture plane in the early 1910s. Yet collage’s capacity for combining, fragmenting, and disrupting meaning has since rendered it an inexhaustible medium, emblematic of the fast-paced modern world.

Paste, Stick, Glue: Constructing Collage in Russia offers a historical overview of the many ways in which Russian and Soviet artists employed collage and the related techniques of film montage and photomontage. Drawn from the permanent collections of the Mead Art Museum and Amherst Center for Russian Culture, the exhibition features works by Liubov’ Popova, Aleksandr Rodchenko, Varvara Stepanova, El Lissitzky, Sergei Eisenstein, Oscar Rabin, Oleg Kudryashov, and Alexander Kosolapov among others.

Two Russian collage posters; one a Russian advertisement and one a Russian newspaper

L: Varvara Stepanova, May 12, ’26 to Moni, 1926, collage. Gift of Thomas P. Whitney (Class of 1937), 2001.81
R: Oleg Vassiliev, The House with the Mezzanine, No. 23, 1991, lithograph. Gift of Joan Afferica, L. Clark Seelye Professor Emerita of History, Smith College, 2010.161

This exhibition is presented in conjunction with Constructing Collage, on view at the Mead Art Museum from March 5, 2019 to January 5, 2020.

Curated by Galina Mardilovich, Acting Curator of Russian and European Art at the Mead Art Museum.