The dynamism of the Dadaist age reached far beyond the studios of the likes of Marcel Duchamp and Jean Arp. Highlighting the Soviet contributions to this fascinating moment in art history is the exhibition, “Russian Dada 1914-1924,” on view at Madrid’s Reina Sofia Museum until 22 October.
Tracing the roots of the concept of “anti-art,” this showcase reveals how artists like Kazimir Malevich explored Dada’s ideals as a reaction against the Classical traditions of art and as a response to the contemporary political landscape of his homeland. This display moves through key thematic sections of Russian avant-garde expression to build understanding of how crucial these artists were to the overall success of the Dadaist moment.
Can’t make it to Madrid by October? Musebooks offers some amazing titles that examine these figures featured in the exhibition.El Lissitzky: The Jewish Period, for example, reveals remarkable works from the famed artist and designer’s early career; meanwhile, Malevich: Journey to Infinity offers a marvelous survey of the Soviet’s striking body of work.