Art Roundup – September 2013

Travesty, by Konstantin Altunin

And summer’s nearing its brilliant end in these English parts. Soon it’s back to school and all that. Is there time for a bit of art? Yes there is.

You may have heard all the brouhaha recently in St Petersburg about some satirical artworks being confiscated. It is illegal to ‘insult state authorities’ in Russia (gosh, what a surprise) and a painting by Konstantin Altunin depicting Putin and Medvedev in women’s underclothes, the former lovingly grooming the latter, was taken away when the mayor of Moscow, Vitaly Milonov, a rather bigoted individual, objected to it. The painting was part of a series of displays at the new Museum of the Authority in the old imperial capital.

On that cheery note, on with the roundup.

  1. The Savitsky State Museum of Art of the Republic of Karakalpakstan has an exhibition titled ‘Artist and Theatre‘, illuminating the works of artists of the 1920s and 1930s in the sphere of theatre decor and stage design. It runs from August 28, 2013 to the end of the year.
  2. I used to live near Chicago years ago, and Des Plaines was one of my haunts for, would you believe it, the occasional game of volleyball. I didn’t know it then, but there is a Koehline Museum of Art there, which is displaying works of a Depression-era Russian-American artist called Leon Garland. The exhibition runs till September 20, 2013.
  3. Ooh, ooh, early notice of a Kazimir Malevich and the Russian Avant-Garde exhibition (it will come to London’s Tate Modern in 2014. Huzzah! Huzzah! Yaroo!) that will start in October at the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam.
  4. If you fancy a visit to Bratislava, you will find an exhibition of Russian Icons that opened at the end of August. I’ve not been able to find out how long it will last.

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