Revolution - Russian Art 1917-1932
Client: Royal Academy of Arts, London
Our scheme for the Royal Academy's blockbuster, Revolution, deployed a revolutionary sensibility using graphics, structures and colours inspired by Russian design of the period, acting as a frame to the extraordinary (and sometimes controversial) art works of the period.
The design took visitors on a dynamic journey through the mixed media content, harnessing the dynamism of the period's flourishing visual language, with a 'Russian' sense of colour, large graphic propaganda and dynamic structural interventions – creating an environment to house masterpieces by Kandinsky, Malevich, Chagall and Rodchenko. These were displayed alongside lesser known artists like Petro Vodkin and, unusually for a major Royal Academy show, other media including food coupons, ceramics, textiles, photography, film, and architecture. The exhibition even included recreations of a complete 'communal living' apartment and the 'Letatlin', a small glider proposed as a new way of increasing personal freedom. Our exhibition design succeeded in providing a visual language to support the narrative and exhibits that brought the explosive cultural experience of this 15-year period to life.