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What Is To Be Done? Что делать? Chto delat' ? Becker, Klimowski, Phillips

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What Is To Be Done? Что делать? Chto delat' ?

Evoking artistic struggle in Moscow's artistic and design revolution 1917 - 30

An installation by artist / filmmaker Lutz Becker, artist / illustrator Andrzej Klimowski and artist John Phillips


Free entry 8th September - 4th November 2017

This installation celebrates the drama and chaos of the Russian art and design revolution and has been created by three contemporary artists - Lutz Becker, Andrzej Klimowski and John Phillips. All three have been profoundly influenced by revolutionary Russian art at different stages in their careers. Referencing Russian installation artist Kabakov, this multi media show uses photography, photocollage, film, print and illustration to construct a unique environment.

The starting point is a cramped communal apartment in early 20th century Moscow - an imagined space shared by suprematist, futurist and constructivist artists Malevich, El Lissizky, Mayakovsky, Tatlin, Klutsis, Rodchenko and Stepanova, the Stenberg brothers, Popova, and the proto-socialist realist Issak Brodsky.

This narrative about co-operation and competition between leading avante garde artists reflects a turbulent and changing world, and a battlefield of ideas that continued until all freedom of speech and expression was eliminated as Stalin consolidated his power.
The show evokes the artistic struggles of the era, as well as the everyday dramas of life in a Kommunalka (communal apartment).

The installation has been created and designed by film maker, artist and Soviet art expert Lutz Becker, director of the film 'Art in Revolution'; leading illustrator, graphic novelist and designer Andrzej Klimowski; and artist and photographer John Phillips.

Opening party September 7th, 6.30 -8.30pm

Lutz Becker studied at the Slade School of Fine Art, London, where he graduated under Thorold Dickinson and became a distinguished director of political and art documentaries. A practicing painter, he is also a curator of exhibitions. He collaborated with the Hayward Gallery on The Romantic Spirit in German Art 1994, Art and Power 1995 and Tate Modern on Century City 2001. Becker has been working for the Mexican Picture Partnership Ltd.'s reconstruction project of Sergei M. Eisenstein's film '¡Que Viva Mexico! - Da zdravstvuyet Meksika!'.

Andrzej Klimowski was born to Polish parents in London, and retains strong links with Poland, where he lived and worked for some years. During his career he has made films and written graphic novels. He has designed theatre posters and book covers for leading publishers. He was head of Illustration at the Royal College of Art for many years, and is now Professor Emeritus. He continues to produce graphic novels with his wife Danusia Schejbal, and works in graphics and produces illustrations. He also makes films. His work has been the subject of a retrospective at the National Theatre, London.

John Phillips studied at Sheffield Polytechnic (now Sheffield Hallam University), and for a PhD in Fine Art at University of Brighton. His work recently featured in the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. Phillips has been instrumental in the Community Arts Movement. In his recent art practice, he has been working with photography. His poster design work is held in a number of collections including V&A, International Institute of Social History and Rhode Island School of Design Museum.


Image: Andrzej Klimowski

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