Soviet artists have produced tens of thousands of works on sporting themes, the best of which are of great importance to the history of Russian art. Soviet Art. Soviet Sport presents a wide variety of works from the Institute of Russian Realist Art and private collections, with each work exemplifying the diverse artistic heritage of the USSR.
Including works from eminent Russian artists such as Alexander Deyneka, Natalya Goncharova, Ilya Mashkov and Kazimir Malevich, Soviet Art. Soviet Sport identifies the changing representation of sport since the 1920s, from its use as a propaganda tool of collective optimism, to the end of the 1970s, where sportsmen were individualised as heroic symbols.
London is the first stop for this exhibition, followed by Moscow in February where the show will be significantly extended through loans from Russia’s state museums. The opening of the show marks the beginning of the Institute of Russian Realist Art’s international exhibition programme and the launch of several cultural projects run by the Institute as part of the Russian-British Year of Culture.