Alexander Rodchenko  (Russian, 1891-1956) 


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Alexander Rodchenko Biography
1891   Born November 23rd in St. Petersburg, Russia
1911   Enrolls at the Kazan art school
1914   Moves to Moscow to study sculpture and architecture at the Stroganov art academy
1914   Conscripted to serve as a medical orderly in the army
1916   Shows work at the Tatlin's exhibition 'Magazin'
1917   Joins forces with Tatlin, Jakulov and others to design the interior of the 'Café Pittoresque'
1918 - 1922   Works in various capacities for IZO, where he was in charge of the industrial arts subdivision and was chairman of the Acquisitions Committee for the Museum of Painterly Culture
1922   Participates in the "First Russian Art Exhibition"
1925   Commissioned to design the Soviet pavilion at the Paris Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels
1918 - 1926   Teaches the theory of painting at the Moscow 'Prolet Cult School'
1920 - 1930   Teaches and, in 1922, acts as Dean of faculty for metalworking at Wchutemas and Wchutein. Also becomes a member of the group Inchuk
1928 - 1930   Designs stage scenery and costumes for Moscow theatres
1941 - 1943   Evacuated to Perm and Otcher in the Molotov region but returns to Moscow at the close of 1942
1956   Dies December 3rd
Selected Exhibitions
2009   February 12 - May 17, "Rodchenko & Popova: Defining Constructivism", Tate Modern
2008   February 7 - April 27, "Alexander Rodchenko: Revolution in Photography", Southbank Centre, England
2003 - 2004   October 17 - January 11, "Flirting with Rodchenko", Henry Art Gallery, North Galleries
1975   January 10 - February 6, "Kertesz, Rodchenko, and Moholy-Nagy Exhibition", Henry Art Gallery, North Galleries