Pehmeäkantinen, 30 sivua.
Natalia Goncharova (1881–1962) is one of the leading figures of early Russian avant-garde. She was an important innovator in visual art, fashion and ballet who did not let herself be shackled by gender roles or artistic boundaries. In Russia Goncharova won early recognition when she held a vast solo exhibition in Moscow in 1913. After the outbreak of World War I, she first moved to Switzerland and later to Paris, where she rose to international fame as set and costume designer for Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes.
Goncharova’s extensive and at times ostensibly contradictory output reflects influences from Western modernism and Russian folk art. She challenged and transcended established means of expression, deliberately seeking to present an ‘Eastern’ alternative that questioned the supremacy of Western art. In the field of painting, she is best known for neo-primitivist depictions of rural life, religious monumental paintings, cubofuturism that articulates an increasingly mechanistic world, and rayonism that approximates abstract art.
This exhibition features over 110 works, focusing on the early 1900s and the 1920s, an era when Goncharova inspired experimental artists in both Russia and Western Europe. Most of the works are being shown in Finland for the first time. The exhibition is organised by the Ateneum Art Museum and Tate Modern in collaboration with the Palazzo Strozzi Foundation in Florence. It is curated by Timo Huusko, chief curator at the Ateneum Art Museum; Matthew Gale, head of displays at Tate Modern; and Natalia Sidlina, curator of international art at Tate Modern.