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SPEECHES, INTERVIEWS, ARTICLES

08.02.2017

Ambassador’s Alexander Yakovenko speech at the opening of "Revolution: Russian Art 1917-1932" exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts (February 7, 2017)

Dear Mr. Le Brun,
Excellencies, Friends, Ladies and Gentlemen,

 

It’s an honour for me to be here at the opening of this impressive exhibition. The best Russian museums have provided masterpieces from their collections which give a fascinating insight into the drastic and violent transformation of culture and society in Russia 100 years ago. Our revolution was a complex, multi-dimensional phenomenon, a direct result of our common European catastrophe, which was WWI.
I would like to thank all those who made this exhibition possible and bring to London the works of Kandinsky, Malevich, Deineka, Rodchenko, Popova and Tatlin, Petrov-Vodkin, which, by the way, look as innovative today as they did a century ago. In many cases the breakthrough in Russian art started years before the revolution of 1917. But yes, of course, this revolution in arts and worldview is closely associated with the Russian Revolution and is the part of its legacy that will endure for generations to come. It was and is about the shape of things to come.
While reflecting on the context of these ground-breaking works, let us not forget that a free and open mind has nothing to do with violence, revolutionary or any other. For nothing in the world could be resolved through violence. As we see today, no problems nor crises have military solutions. This is a key tenet of Russia‘s foreign policy.
Thank you.




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