Marking the 70th anniversary of the Victory in Europe, Art Russe has presented the first UK exhibition dedicated to providing an insight into the portrayal of World War II and its legacy in Russian Art. The exhibition features paintings and sculptures, most of which have never before been on public display in the UK, including Laktionov’s Letter from the Front; Vera Mukhina’s sculpture Worker and Kolkhoz Woman, the Tkachev brothers’ By the Well; and Mai Danzig’s monumental canvas And the World Remembers the Saviours.

The exhibition The Legacy of WWII in Russian Art showcases art from Russia, juxtaposing it with graphic works created by Britain’s Ministry of Information during the Second World War. The aim is to stimulate a dialogue about the similarities between Russian and British experiences of World War II and examine the legacy war leaves for artists of all nationalities.

Speaking on the opening night, Andrey Filatov, founder of Art Russe, said: “By opening this exhibition ahead of the 70th anniversary of the Great Victory, we are paying our tribute to the memory of 26 million of our compatriots, who gave their lives in the struggle against fascism. We should not forget the lessons of World War II. This show also allows visitors to feel and understand how those artists view the world and to challenge the perception of Soviet art as propaganda art.”

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Dates: 13 March – 10 April 2015
Address: Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York’s HQ, King’s Road, Chelsea, London, SW3 4RY
By Underground: The gallery is 3-4 minutes walk from Sloane Square Underground station
By Bus: 11,19,22,49,211,319 (King's Road), 11,137,211 (Lower Sloane Street).
By Train: The nearest mainline railway station is Victoria.