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Alma-Tadema and Victorian Painting
in the Pérez-Simón Collection

From 25 June to 12 October 2014 (extended closing date)



Autor:
Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema
Título:
The Roses of Heliogabalus (detail)
Fecha:
1888
Técnica:
Oil on canvas
Medidas:
132.7 x 214.4 cm

Ubicacion:
Pérez-Simón Collection, Mexico

Carmen in Spanish collections

From 7 October until 9 November 2014

Special Collaborative Exhibition. Free entry



Autor:
Pablo Picasso
Título:
Femme de profil à l’éventail, 1964, illustrations for the book Le Carmen des Carmen by Prosper Mérimée and Louis Aragon
Fecha:
1964
Ubicacion:
Fundación Bancaja Collection
© Sucesión Pablo Picasso, VEGAP, Madrid, 2014

Biography and Works

Author:
Alexandra Ekster
Born/Dead:
Belostok, 1882-Fontenay-aux-Roses, 1949
Date:
Works

Biography




Alexandra Ekster was a foremost figure in early Russian avant-garde art. She came into contact with Cubists and Futurists in Paris and assimilated and reinterpreted these new trends, which she then spread in her country of birth

After. completing her art studies in Kiev, in 1908 Ekster went to live in Paris, where she enrolled at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière. She soon made the acquaintance of Pablo Picasso, Guillaume Apollinaire, Max Jacob and Fernand Léger and espoused Cubism as her own style, although she never renounced colour. She also met representatives of Italian Futurism, such as Filippo Marinetti, whose interest in depicting rhythm and movement she shared. Ekster remained in Paris until the outbreak of the First World War, but travelled frequently to Kiev and Moscow, becoming the disseminator of the new ideas in her country. During this period she took part in numerous exhibitions in Russia, France and Italy

In. 1914 Ekster settled in Russia and was spurred by Malevich’s work to produce her first non-figurative paintings. Her works were shown in exhibitions of Russian avant-garde art such as Tramway V, the first show staged by the Russian Futurists in Petrograd (now Saint Petersburg) in 1915 and from 1916 onwards she made a significant contribution to modernising theatre stage design through her involvement together with Alexander Tairov in the staging of works such as Oscar Wilde’s Salomé. Her innovative ideas brought a new dynamism to the design of stage scenery, costumes and lighting — elements that became an essential complement to the plot. She began to design fashion in 1921

After. teaching for a while in Odessa, Ekster returned to Moscow in 1921. Despite taking part in major exhibitions such as 5 x 5= 25, along with Alexander Vesnin, Liubov Popova, Alexander Rodchenko and Varvara Stepanova, she did not become affiliated with any particular group. During this period, in which she returned to a figurative art centred on still-life scenes, she again collaborated with Fernand Léger and taught at his workshop

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