To mark the 22nd Winter Olympics in Sochi in 2014, The Olympic Museum in Lausanne is celebrating its reopening with a major exhibition entitled The Russian Avant-Garde and Sport.
The exhibition explores sport in the Soviet Union in the 1920s and 1930s through the works of the artistic avant-garde, especially in the fields of photography, cinema and graphic design.
Most of the works on display are archive documents such as photos, posters, books and extracts from films, many loaned from Russian and European institutions and rarely displayed. The exhibition highlights the work of Russian artists/photographers such as Alexander Rodchenko, Nikolai Kubeev and Krassinski and especially the photos they took during the 1928 Moscow Spartakiad, along with Gustav Klucis and his famous photomontages. The most noted figures among the European photographers include Pierre Boucher, Liselotte Grschebina, Gerhard Riebicke, Lothar Rübelt and Lazlo Moholy-Nagy.
The exhibition is curated by François Albera, Professor of the History and Aesthetics of the Cinema at the University of Lausanne.
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