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Russian Avant-Garde

Weekend Roundup: Best Bets for February 17 to 19

Friday, Feb. 17
Add some class to your Friday at On the Rocks, a Russian-inspired art party hosted by the Ottawa Art Gallery and the Avant-Garde Bar and Gallery in partnership with Winterlude. Along with music and dancing, there will be a special showcase of Paraskeva Clark’s painting “Homage to a Soviet Film, Baltic Deputy” (1968) from the Firestone Collection of Canadian Art, and a screening of the film that inspired it. Caviar, vodka samplings, and other Russian appetizers will be on offer. (more…)

Hot Art: A Full Palette of Chagall (and More!) at the AGO

Marc Chagall's Blue Circus (©ADAGP/Centre Pompidou)

OCTOBER 18 TO JANUARY 15 Russia isn’t exactly the most colourful place on earth, but you wouldn’t know it by viewing the works of Marc Chagall. One of the 20th century’s most successful artists, he was at the vanguard of early modernism, incorporating elements of cubism, fauvism and surrealism into vivid dreamscapes such as Blue Circus. The Art Gallery of Ontario presents some of the Belorussian-Frenchman’s best-known images in Chagall and the Russian Avant-Garde, an exhibition created by Paris’s Centre Pompidou. In addition to more than 30 of Chagall’s finest works, the display also offers context through a major assemblage of paintings, drawings, sculpture and more by his contemporaries, including Wassily Kandinsky, Sonia Delaunay and Kasimir Malevich.