26.02.2016 - 26.06.2016

The Russian avant-garde numbers among the most diverse and radical chapters of modernism. Works by artists such as Mikhail Larionov, Natalia Goncharova, Kasimir Malevich, Wassily Kandinsky, and Marc Chagall continue to be cherished worldwide, with exhibitions always drawing large audiences. In many cases, however, Western art historiography still conveys a rather simplified impression of the Russian avant-garde as a homogeneous phenomenon. This era’s actual diversity can be seen from 26 February 2016 at the Albertina, with 130 masterpieces demonstrating fundamentally different styles, compositional principles, and aesthetic ideas that appear not only in simultaneously created works by different artists, but occasionally even within one and the same artist’s oeuvre.