ArtSocial presented this exclusive one-off event in Monaco to celebrate the opening of the exhibition From Chagall to Malevich, the Revolution of the Avant-Garde at the Grimaldi Forum, and the 100th year anniversary of the Black Square.
Our special guest for the evening was professor Andrei Sarabyanov, one of the world's leading experts on the Russian Avant-Garde and co-editor of an exhaustive publication on the Russian Art of the early 20th century - Encyclopaedia of the Russian Avant-Garde. The three-volume publication took 15 years in the making and was released in 2013.
Guests were invited to a cocktail reception at Club CREM, followed by a lecture with Andrei Sarabyanov and tour of the exhibition in the Grimaldi Forum.
Exhibition at the Grimaldi Forum: From Chagall to Malevich, the Revolution of the Avant-Garde /12 July-6 September 2015
The Grimaldi Forum's big summer 2015 exhibition was part of the Principality of Monaco's Russia Year and one of that celebration's stand-out events.
The exhibition brought together 150 major works by great artists who made up Russia's avant-garde art scene from 1905 to 1930, when various movements and schools developed, driven by the energy and wealth of creativity in the first part of the 20th century: Impressionism followed by Cubism, Futurism, Cubo-Futurism, Rayonism, Suprematism, Constructivism. These Russian artists crafted an unprecedented modernity that set them completely apart from what had been known until then and shook up centuries of convention and academism.
The Grimaldi Forum exhibition was truly exceptional and featured artworks loaned by Russia, which have never previously left the country's museum collections; these remarkable loans were displayed alongside others from various leading European museums.