Hannah Furnell

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Graphic Designer, Manchester www.hannahfurnell.co.uk

Russian Constructivism

In today’s lecture we looked into ‘Russian Constructivism’. Aleksandr Rodchenko founded this movement along with other artists from ‘Inkhuk’ (an art institute founded in Moscow, 1920). The Russian Revolution seemed to be the answer to the Modernist’s dream, keeping alive the ideas of enlightenment, freedom and equality. Artists in this movement wanted to create a new art to bring these ideas to reality, and had hopes of a new society based on social justice. Key elements of work created in this movement included geometry, abstraction, dynamic expression and often the colours red and black predominate. These works were totally anti-historical and anti-art. A big emphasis in their work was large scale engineering and construction in design. Here is some artwork by Russian Constructivists Aleksandr Rodchenko (1891-1956), El Lissitzky (1890-1947) and Jan Tschichold (1902-1974): Russian Constructivism - Aleksandr Rodchenko Russian Constructivism - El Lissitzky Russian Constructivism - Jan Tschichold