One hundred years ago, in the wake of the Russian Revolution, a bold new international art movement emerged, influenced by architecture, abstraction and a connection to the real world. Its adherents created sculptures that looked like scale models of cranes, and paintings that recalled propaganda posters. A century later, Constructivism is still with us.
Heide’s Call of the Avant-Garde: Constructivism and Australian Art charts the movement throughout the last century of Australian artists. Across 100 years and more than 233 works, Constructivism’s form might vary, but the basic concerns with geometry, sharp lines and stark colours don’t change. That means spaces filled with geometric sculpture, bold colour and graphic, kinetic canvases.
Call of the Avant-Garde: Constructivism & Australian Art runs at Heide until October 8.