I finally made it to a screening of Margy Kinmonth’s film Revolution:  new art for a new world, which she has made in advance of what will presumably be an orgy of commemoration of the Russian Revolution next year, including the Royal Academy’s own exhibition Revolution:  Russian Art 1917-1932, which opens on February 11th.   It gives an incredibly clear and graphic account of the impact of the Revolution on the practice of the arts, including painting, sculpture, graphic design and cinema:  a brief period of Utopian idealism when everything seemed possible, followed by a long period of socialist realism, when the Leningrad Academy resumed its supremacy and many of the artists were sent to the Gulag.   Margy has discovered and interviewed many of the children and grandchildren of the artists which gives an immediacy to the narrative.


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