Alexander RODCHENKO (1891 - 1965)

One of the greatest innovators of the XX century avant-gardes, Alexander Rodchenko (1891-1965) formed his artistic practice following the Russian Revolution by exploring painting, sculpture and graphic design. He started using photography in 1924 and it was during the first Five-Year plan (1928-32) that he truly exploited it as a medium. Photography was for him a tool to depict the discrepancy between 'high' and 'low' culture in Soviet society, balancing formal concerns with the interest of documenting the contemporary social and political life. From intimate portraits to street scenes, from dynamic architectural analysis to photomontage, his revolutionary practice re-established the role of photography and of the photographer himself. His work is included in key international collections including MoMA, NYC; Tate, UK; and Centre George Pompidou, Paris.