Views from the Eastern Front: Russian Modernism and the Great War
On view November 12, 2018–February 17, 2019
Opening Reception: Monday, Nov. 12, 57 p.m.

Open: Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–3 p.m.

Russian Center exhibition images

L: Natalia Goncharova, Christian Host from Mystical Images of War, 1914, lithograph. Gift of Thomas P. Whitney ’37, 2001.17.12
R: Olga Rozanova, Airplanes over the City from War, 1916, collage on paper. Gift of Thomas P. Whitney ’37, 2001.56.6

From the declaration of war on July 28, 1914, to the signing of the armistice on November 11, 1918, World War I was an unprecedented global catastrophe. Russia’s participation in the war was marked by few victories and many failures, and had a cataclysmic impact on the Empire. The monarchy collapsed, and the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917 sparked the bloody disintegration of Imperial Russia. The consequences of the Russian revolutions reverberated throughout the world for the next century.

This exhibition considers the role of World War I in Russia through the arts 100 years later. Presenting works by Russian avant-garde artists and symbolist poets, it explores the ways in which Russian modernists engaged with the themes of war, violence and destruction during this fateful period.

Drawn from the permanent collections of the Mead Art Museum and Amherst Center for Russian Culture, the exhibition features works by Mikhail Larionov, Aristarkh Lentulov, Natalia Goncharova, Zinaida Gippius, Olga Rozanova and Aleksei Kruchenykh, Vladimir Mayakovksy, Aleksandr Blok and Pavel Filonov.

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

Related Events

Opening Reception
Monday, Nov. 12, 5
7 p.m.
Director of Amherst Center for Russian Culture, Michael Kunichika’s welcome, followed by curatorial remarks by Galina Mardilovich, Acting Curator of Russian and European Art at the Mead Art Museum

Gallery Talk
Friday, Nov. 30, 2018, noon–1 p.m.
Join the Mead Art Museum’s Acting Curator of Russian and European Art, Galina Mardilovich, to learn more about this exhibition.