Chagall, Lissitzky, Malevich: The Russian Avant-Garde in Vitebsk, 1918-1922 at Centre Pompidou

After the success of Kollektsia, which unveiled the donation of more than 250 works from Soviet and contemporary Russia, the Pompidou Centre is now showing avant-garde productions from the period of Vitebsk’s School of Art (1918-1922). With a selection of works from the museum’s collection, as well as unprecedented loans from international and Russian collections, visitors will have the opportunity to discover the short history of this institution, founded by Marc Chagall, and where El Lissitzky and Kazimir Malevich left a strong mark.


Following the events of 1917, which marked the end of Tsarist Russia, a new society began, with the construction a more equal, socialist world. One major change was the end of national and religious discrimination, which allowed Chagall, a Jewish artist, to become a full Russian citizen and be appointed Commissar of Fine Arts for his hometown, in today's Belarus. Becoming enthralled by the Revolution, Chagall entered one of the most creative phases of his career, producing masterpieces such as Over the Town, now owned by the Tretyakov gallery. He was also in charge of supervising the creation of decorations for the October Revolution, for which all of Vitebsk’s painters were invited to participate. Among these include David Iakerson, one of the many previously unknown artists that are revealed, for the first time in this exhibition, to a European audience.