‘Rouge. Art et Utopie au Pays des Soviets’ is a fascinating exhibition which examines Soviet art from the October Revolution of 1917 to the death of Stalin in 1953. It looks at how communism first of all gave rise to the avant-garde groups of the 1920s only for the strict controls of Stalin to sweep them away in favour of socialist realism which created highly optimistic depictions of Soviet ideals.
Boris Kustodiev ‘The Bolshevik’ (1920)
Kouzma Petrov-Vodkine ‘Fantasy’ (1925)
Vladimir Lebedev ‘The red vision of communism is brushing over Europe’ (1935 – 45)
‘Alexander Deïneka ‘Lenin on an Outing with Children’ (1938)
Alexander Deïneka ‘Freedom’ (1944)