Breaking the Rules: The Printed Face of the European Avant-Garde 1900-1937

Artvehicle 30/Recommended

9th November 2007 — 30th March 2008

This historical exhibition covers the printed material produced by various Modernist movements over 30 European cities in the first four decades of the last century. It enlarges the canon of avant-garde cities beyond Paris, Berlin and Moscow to embrace cities such as Zurich, Tblisi, Belgrade, Riga and Odessa. It covers a wide range of overlapping iconic movements, including Expressionism, Cubism, Futurism, Dadaism, Constructivism and Surrealism. This is by nature a text-heavy exhibition so have a coffee before you enter and allow plenty of time because it is hard work but worth it. As a reward at the end are some great 1920s avant-garde films to watch by Man Ray, Ferdinand Leger, Francis Picabia and Hans Richter. There is also an excellent programme of events, I for one am going to the talk on 'Peggy Guggenheim: Mistress of Modernism' in March.


British Library
96 Euston Road
London NW1 2DB

Monday,Wednesday-Friday, 9.30am-6pm
Tuesday, 9.30am - 8pm
Saturday, 9.30am - 5pm
Sunday, 11am - 5pm