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Defining Constructivism
April 29, 2009, 10:28 pm
Filed under: Art, Exhibitions, Graphic Design | Tags: , , ,

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While I was in London, I also went to the Rodchenko & Popova Defining Constructivism exhibition at Tate Modern. The exhibition comprises 12 rooms documenting the works of renowned Russian artists Alexandr Rodchenko and Liubov Popova. Whilst it was their graphic design work I was mostly interested in, the body of work on display covers an impressive range of disciplines, including their abstract paintings, architectural drawings, sculptures, textiles, book designs, and poster advertising. I particularly like Rodchenko’s Spacial Constructions (c.1920) comprising a series of hanging three dimensional objects. During his lifetime he deemed these kinetic sculptures too radical for public viewing. He later went on to destroy them after documenting them in photographs. Below are replicas of the work on display:

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Rodchenko’s Spacial Construction No.12 (photo from MoMA) and
Spatial Construction No 108 1920-1 (photo by Dan Korkelia).

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