Museum Centre Vapriikki, in Tampere, opens a new
exhibition, entitled “Let’s Create a New World”, at the end of May. This
displays a wide selection of agitation porcelain from St Petersburg’s
State Hermitage Museum. The exhibition is open from 27 May to 30 October 2011.
“Art belongs to the people”, said Lenin. This folk
education project also involved the nationalised former Imperial Porcelain
Factory, where notable artists were ordered to create brave, new porcelain art.
Their work resulted in “agitation porcelain”, which proclaimed the ideas and
ideals of the revolution and was an important propaganda weapon for the new
Agitation porcelain was produced by artists such as
Kazimir Malevich and Nikolai Suetin in bleak conditions, sometimes in
starvation, under the management of Sergey Chekhonin. In 1923–24, they designed
their world-famous Suprematist works, including classics of design history,
Malevich’s white teapot and the half-cup. Agitation porcelain immediately
became eagerly sought-after by international art collectors. Yet it never
became used by the masses, or art for the people.
connection with the opening of the exhibition, Vapriikki is publishing an
extensive exhibition catalogue (in Finnish) that sheds light on Soviet history
of the 1920s and the Russian avant garde from the same period. The 1920s
Leningrad – the cradle of revolution – and its fascinating agitation porcelain
are laid on the plate for you!
Located on the banks of the Tammerkoski rapids,
Vapriikki is a museum centre that offers things to see and do for the whole
family. We put on about a dozen exhibitions each year, with their varied themes
including history, technology and natural sciences. Vapriikki is also home to
the Natural History Museum of Tampere, the Finnish Hockey Hall of Fame, the
Shoe Museum, and the Doll Museum. Visitors are served by the museum restaurant
Valssi and the museum shop, which sells a wide selection of literature and
of more information:
Exhibition manager Marjo-Riitta Saloniemi
Museum Centre Vapriikki