11 Oct-8 Jan 2012. The work of Russian avant-garde artist Aleksandr Rodčenko (1891-1956) comes to Rome on loan from the House of Photography in Moscow, whose director Olga Sviblova curates this exhibition.
Although primarily known as a photographer, Rodčenko was adept at painting, design, theatre, cinema and graphic art, and was a leading light in the intellectual and artistic circles of Russia's 20th-century avant-garde movement.
Rodčenko revolutionised the medium of photography, changing its documentary role to a means of expressing intellectual theories and constructivist ideology. His work was not appreciated by the Soviet regime however and by the end of the 1930s he toned it down to suit the aesthetic principles of Socialist Realism. 300 of his works are on show at the Palazzo delle Espozioni.