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Revolution in Art

Revolution in Art 1/10-3/12/2017

100 Years since the October Revolution

The exhibition Revolution in Art presents the evolution of visual arts in Russia, through the work of avant-garde artists, groups and movements from 1900 until 1923, alongside historical developments.  

Emblematic works of art, literature and cinema, as well as rich photographic material – documents of the era, become alive through 19 large-scale video projections, making the spectator a part of history. Works by artists such as Malevich, Mayakovski and Eisenstein are brought to life alongside photographs of everyday life in Russia – from the Czar’s Court to the vast farmers’ fields. Developments in the fields of art and politics are presented side by side, in a narrative that starts from the causes of the Revolution and takes us until its aftermath.



The exhibition includes references to the Revolutions of 1905-07 and February 1917, Russia’s position in World War I, the claims and strikes of farmers and workers, the activities of the plethora of political groups, the October Revolution, the Civil War, the vision of international revolution and the final victory of the Bolshevik Party. At the same time, the exhibition presents the artistic developments, not linearly, but in the spirit of socio-political events, in multiple layers that cut through history’s linear narrative. 

With the exhibition Revolution in Art, the programme Artecitya by Helexpo further expands on the theme introduced by this year’s Art Science Technology Festival – THE NEW NEW, as it investigates the possibilities that technology offers for the change of the traditional exhibition format. At the same time, it focuses on a moment in history when political, social and artistic developments unraveled hand-in-hand. The large-scale projections highlight the creative dialogue between politics and art and on the role of artists in the construction of the day after. 





Venue: Thessaloniki International Fair – Pavilion 2, 1st Floor
Opening: 1 October 2017, 20:00
Duration: 1/10-3/12/2017
Opening hours: Monday-Friday 17:00-21:00, Saturday 11:00-14:00 & 17:00-21:00, Sunday 11:00-14:00.
Ticket: 3 euros*
* Entrance at the opening: free

Organisers: TIF - HELEXPO / "ARTECITYA" 
Municipality of Thessaloniki – 52nd Dimitria Festival 
State Museum of Contemporary Art – Costakis Collection
Under the Auspices of the Consulate of Russia
With the support of the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union
Concept: Elli Chrysidou
Research, Texts: SMCA – Maria Tsanstanoglou
Special Consultant, Research, Texts: Igor Voronkov
Exhibition design, Direction of projections & videos: Emmanouil Papadopoulos
Scenografy: Giannis Katranitsas
Processing of audiovisual material, Direction of projections & videos: Gavrilos Psaltakis
Coordination: Vicky Dalkrani (HELEXPO), Dimitris Kourkouridis (Exhibitions Research Institute), Lela Tsevekidou, Sophia Simeonidou (Department of Culture – Municipality of Thessaloniki), Lydia Chatziiakovou (ArtBOX)
Assistant for the collection of material: Angeliki Charistou (SMCA)
Graphic designer: Viktor Goudaras
Video documentation: Media Lab
Photo documentation: George Kogias
Audiovisual Equipment: DIAPASON

Most of the images belong to the Costakis Collection of the State Museum of Contemporary Art.
The exhibition includes screenings of the emblematic films by Sergei Eisenstein: Potemkin, October and Strike. Courtesy: New Star.
The presentation of the protagonists of the revolution was inspired by Herman Axelbank’s movie “Tsar to Lenin”, 1937.

Production, organization: TIF-Helexpo
Artistic Director: Lydia Chatziiakovou
Co-ordination: TIF-Helexpo