Villa Manin is hosting an interesting exhibition on Russian Avant-garde. The event concerns the display of about 300 works of art coming from the Costakis collection.
This collection belongs to the Thessaloniki government and it is a great opportunity to celebrate and remember an invaluable patron of arts. Indeed, George Costakis, the collector, started to buy and stock Russian art after the political changes in Russia occurred between the revolutions and World War II.
The works he collected were considered by the former Soviet power to be dangerous as they could affect political and intellectual stability, so he made it his mission to save them from certain destruction. Why was the majority of this art so risky? Because it allowed the artists to experiment with new styles, trends, shapes and statements. Thus, the population would have been affected by innovative ideas and concepts that could overturn the social stratum.
The exhibition illustrates all kinds of influences the Avant-gardes had and to which tendencies they looked up to develop their own fresh artistic movements. You will see Symbolism, Cubism, New Impressionism, Supremacism, Cosmism, Futurism and Cubism-Futurism and Constructivism. References to French and Italian cultural background are also clear within the exhibited works.
In the video room on the ground floor, an interview to Costakis is running continuously: I'll suggest stopping and listening to what he wants to share with us, in order to also understand under which political influences and social changes Costakis had to work and deal with to collect and preserve his collection.
The showrooms in the first floor are reserved to Rodcenko photographs, seen at the times as revolutionary as the artist himself. They show a new interest for perspective, partial views and different technical approaches on depicting the daily life and reality.
The exhibition is open from Tuesday to Sunday 10.00-19.00