Russia Visualised

13 March 2014

Russia Visualised is a year-long presentation of visual arts and culture programming across London to celebrate the UK-Russia Year of Culture 2014. Leading galleries and museums contributing a rich variety of exhibitions and events to the Russia Visualised programme include Calvert 22 Gallery, Tate Modern, The Photographers’ Gallery, the Science Museum, and the V&A. From Russian space exploration to avant-garde Russian theatre, Russia Visualised will highlight Russia’s visual arts heritage and its place in 21st century culture. 

Close and Far: Russian Photography Now
Calvert 22 Gallery

18 June – 17 August

A new generation of artists and photographers is fast emerging inside Russia. Curated by Kate Bush, Close and Far introduces some of the country’s most original young voices, alongside the extraordinary work of Sergei Prokudin-Gorsky, a pre-revolutionary master whose work has only recently been rediscovered, and will be shown for the first time in the UK.

When Nicholas II, the last tsar, personally commissioned Prokudin-Gorsky, an early pioneer of colour photography, to document his vast empire in the years leading up to the Russian Revolution, he presided over the largest territory in the world. Romanov Russia extended from Finland to Turkestan, and from Poland to Siberia. Russia is smaller now, yet it is still the largest country in the world, and still a land of dramatic extremes and dramatic diversity. Where Prokudin-Gorsky witnessed first-hand the effects of galloping Russian colonisation, as well as the early stirrings of industrialisation, today’s young artists are working in the aftermath of that empire’s collapse, grappling both with its past and with its future. 

Close and Far showcases the work of rising stars: Alexander Gronsky, Dmitry Venkov, Taus Makhacheva, Olya Ivanova and Max Sher.

Tate Modern

16 July - 26 October 2014

Kazimir Malevich (1878–1935) was a deeply radical and influential figure in modern art. His breaking away from century-old traditions of painting and representation coincided with one of the most turbulent moments in 20th century history, from the First World War through the October Revolution to the rise of Stalinism.

This groundbreaking exhibition, the first major Malevich retrospective for almost 25 years, will offer an expansive view of his career in its entirety. The exhibition is based on the historic collaboration of the Stedelijk Museum, the Khardzhiev Foundation and the Costakis Collection, with key loans from public and private collections around the world, including the State Russian Museum and State Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow, MoMA in New York and the Centre Pompidou in Paris.

Exhibition organised by Tate Modern in collaboration with the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam and the Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany, Bonn.

Primrose: Russian Colour Photography
The Photographers Gallery

25 July - 19 October 2014

Primrose: Russian Colour Photography presents a retrospective of colour experiments and developments in Russian photography over the course of a century (1880-1980s). Early colouring techniques were based on the traditional methods of craftsmen who hand coloured images and defined an independent trend in the history of photography in Russia. This included 'postcard' landscapes and portraits as well as Soviet propaganda, avant-garde and reportage photography.

The exhibition is curated by the Moscow House of Photography and contains works by renowned photographers and artists such as Ivan Shagin, Dmitry Baltermants, Sergey Prokudin-Gorsky, Alexander Rodchenko, Vladislav Mikosha and Boris Mikhailov.

Russian Avant-Garde Theatre Design 1913-1933: War, Revolution and Design

17 October 2014 – 25 January 2015

This display will reveal 20 years of Russian radical and avant-garde designs for performance against the backdrop of the First World War and Russian revolutions. The period from 1913 to 1933 saw a creative symbiosis of artists, musicians, directors and performers which led to unprecedented experiments and collaborations in theatre. Showing around 150 theatre and costume designs, never before seen in the UK, the highly creative and visionary performance ideas of artists like Malevich, Rodchenko, Tatlin, Lissitzky, Exter, Popova and Stepanova will be explored.

The display will bring together designs from the A. A. Bakhrushin State Central Theatrical Museum (Moscow) and St. Petersburg State Museum of Theatre and Music, supplemented by the V&A collection.

Cosmonauts: birth of the space age
Science Museum

November 2014 – May 2015

For the first time in the UK, the remarkable story of Russian scientific and technological ingenuity that kick-started the space age is to be explored in a landmark new exhibition at the Science Museum. Cosmonauts will bring to life the stories of Russian space endeavour through a unique collection of space artefacts, many of which have never before been seen outside of Russia.

In 1957 Soviet Russia launched Sputnik, the world's first artificial satellite, and four years later it sent the first human into space - Yuri Gagarin. However, the story of Russian space exploration is much older. Cosmonauts will explore the science and technology of Russian space travel in its cultural and spiritual context, revealing a deep rooted national yearning for space that was shaped by the turbulent early decades of the twentieth century.

Amongst the star objects on display will be real, cosmonaut-flown spacecraft, pioneering rocket engines, space suits and other life support systems. There will also be examples of the personal and poignant - memorabilia belonging to some of the biggest names in spaceflight.

Cosmonauts represents a major collaboration between the Moscow State Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics and the Federal Space Agency, Roscosmos, and draws on the support of many institutions and individuals in the UK and Russia to bring together the most significant collection of space artefacts ever to leave Russia.

The UK-Russia Year of Culture 2014 is organised by the British Council and the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and will see the biggest ever programme of UK cultural projects take place across Russia and an unprecedented showcase of Russian culture in the United Kingdom.

Celebrating the rich and diverse cultural heritage of both countries, the UK-Russia Year of Culture 2014 aims to foster cultural exchange and the flow of ideas across arts, education, language and science.


For images and further information:

Calvert 22 Gallery contact Penny Sychrava PR on +44(0)796 791 5339 or

Tate Modern contact Duncan Holden on +44(0) 20 7887 4939 or

The Photographers Gallery contact Inbal Mizrahi on +44 (0) 20 7087 9333 or

V&A contact Zoe Franklin on +44(0)20 7942 2497 / +44(0)7779 081875 or

Science Museum contact Will Stanley on +44(0)20 7942 4429 / +44(0)7971 312 915 or

British Council contact Mary Doherty on +44(0)20 7389 3144 or