Fundación Botín Pays Homage to Russia’s Early Efforts to Conquer Space

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Pavel Filonov - "Moon Walk", 1930 - Oil on Canvas - Courtesy of Aliki Costakis private collection.

SANTANDER, SPAIN – Eighty-three years
later, after
man landing on the moon and robots traversing Mars, after the
construction of
international space stations, after probes to Mercury, Venus, Jupiter,
Saturn
and beyond, another exhibition —The Cosmos of the Russian Avant-Garde:
Art and
Space Exploration, 1900-1930— pays homage to these valiant efforts to
conquer
space. A number of exhibitions and publications have been devoted to
certain
aspects of this theme, especially within the last decade, but this would
seem to
be the first attempt to concentrate on the modern Russian contribution.
In any
case, “The Cosmos of the Russian Avant-Garde: Art and Space Exploration,

1900-1930” is concerned not simply with artists’ renderings of outer
space or
with scientists’ visionary projects , but expressly with the
intersection of
visual art and cosmonautics.