Using the theme of sport to experiment with the new mediums of photography and movies, these artists are now on display at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland, in a nod to the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics. They include such names as Alexander Rodchenko and Gustav Klucis, and film directors like Dziga Vertov. Photographs by photojournalists Krassinski, V Korbut and SA Magaziner were used to promote the 1928 Moscow Spartakiad, their work often showing forays into the avant-garde with experiments in using diagonals, views from above and perspectives. Examples of sport photography in Europe and the US in the 1930s on display in this unusual exhibition aim to show how the Russian avant-garde in turn influenced the rest of the artistic world. Some images are iconic, like Rodchenko's Jumping from a Horizontal Bar (1936) or his Parade Sportive done the same year, featuring a sportswoman in the centre of a star. Vertov's silent film Man with a Movie Camera (1929) is being screened as part of the presentation, along with excerpts from some 30 other films. In many of the photographs, particularly those by reportage photographer Fedor Kislov, Parade on Red Square (1937), sports events are combined with displays of the army and industry, further bolstering the Stalinist might. At once dated and modern, these images speak of a bygone era, and the ever-present intrusion of politics into art.

The Russian Avant-Garde and Sport
The Olympic Museum
Lausanne, Switzerland
www.olympic.org/museum(lien externe)
To 11 May 2014

 

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Fedor Kislov
Parade on Red Square (1937)

 
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Rodchenko
Jumping from a Horizontal Bar, 1936

 
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Rodchenko
Parade Sportive, 1936

 
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Rodchenko
Parade Sportive (détail), 1936

 

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