In honor of the fact that Russia is hosting the 2018 Football World Cup, the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts is presenting the exhibition “RODCHENKO AND STEPANOVA. FOOTBALL.” The small exhibition will include 9 paintings, graphic artworks, and photographs on the topic of football and sports from the Rodchenko-Stepanova holdings of the Department of Private Collections.
Alexander Rodchenko and Varvara Stepanova had both a personal union and an artistic union. They first met in 1914, and they lived and worked together for more than 40 years. The leading masters of Russian avant-garde and the founders of constructivism, they took part in the significant exhibitions and artistic movements of their time, and they taught at VKhUTEMAS (Higher Art and Technical Studios), helping younger generations to shape the new vision of art. With their minds set only on the future, Rodchenko and Stepanova’s endless artistic innovations led to the development of new shapes and ideas, aiming to make the most of minimalism and logic in their art.