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11 June to 25 August 2013

Alexander Rodchenko was a driving force within the Russian Avantgarde and ranks among the great renovators of photography in the first half of the 20th Century. He was already well-known as a painter, sculptor and graphic designer when he challenged traditional notions of photography in 1924 by proclaiming that „Experimentation is our duty!“. Dynamic compositions, extreme camera angles, stark contrasts and the use of photomontage are the constitutive features of his photographic language.

Rodchenko’s visual compositions as well as his constructivist manifests have been seminal for the development of modern photography. With over 200 of Rodchenko’s photographs on display, among them renowned icons like Portrait of the Artist’s Mother (1924), Steps (1929) or Girl with a Leica (1934), the exhibition explores a broad range of his dynamic vision. The photographs in the show, lots of them are rare vintage prints, will be complemented by a selection of posters and publications from Rodchenko’s typographic work.

Curated by Olga Sviblova, Director of the Moscow House of Photography Museum.

On the occasion of the centenary of Leica the Alexander Rodchenko retrospective is presented for the first time in Austria. Made possible by Leica Camera AG.

In cooperation with the Moscow House of Photography Museum.


All images:

Alexander Rodchenko
Collection of the Moscow House of Photography Museum /
Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow
© A. Rodchenko – V. Stepanova Archive
© Moscow House of Photography Museum

Lily Brik. Portrait for the Poster “Knigi”, 1924
Pioneer-trumpeter, 1930
Girl with a Leica, 1934
Steps, 1929
Portrait of the Artist’s Mother, 1924
Fire Escape (with a Man), 1925