Reykjavík Art Museum – Kjarvalsstaðir will this October open a retrospective exhibition of the photographs of one of Russia’s most influential artists in the first half of the 20th century, Alexander Rodchenko. Published in the 2013 October-December issue of Iceland Review – IR 05.13. By Páll Stefánsson.
Graphic designer, photographer and painter Alexander Rodchenko was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, in 1891, but from 1914 he lived in Moscow where he died in 1956. Impressed by the photomontages of the German Dadaists, he started to shoot his own photographs in 1924. In 1942, Rodchenko switched photography for producing abstract expressionist works. But graphic design was always a passion and much of the art Rodchenko created in the 20th century is a direct result of his earlier work in the field. In 1921, he executed what were arguably some of the world’s first monochrome paintings. With photography, he strove to convince people to see it as an art form. He truly believed in the power of photography. His paintings were beautiful but his photographs provocative.
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