Why has a 100 year old graphic style from the heart of revolutionary Russia become one of the most globally recognised and enduring art movements ever?
What are we talking about?
Constructivism that’s what. This was an artistic and architectural movement in Russia from 1914 onward which dismissed "pure" or fine art in favour of art used as an instrument for social and political purposes. The term 'Construction Art' was initially a mocking term coined by Kazimir Malevich, pioneer of the earlier Suprematist style. Malevich aimed to create expression and feeling in his work solely through the ‘symphonic arrangement of shapes on a field of white.' Malevich also worked in the constructivist style. Other big players were Alexander Rodchenko, known for his strong graphic approach, sculptor Vladimir Tatlin and El Lissitzky who is credited with bringing a unity between painting and architecture.