KONSTANTIN VIALOV

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Konstantin VIALOV(Mosca 1900 – 1976)

Russian painter, graphic designer, illustrator and set designer.
From 1914 to 1917 Vialov studied textile design at the Stroganov technical drawing school in Moscow. After the revolution, until 1924, he continued his training at the SVOMAS and VKhUTEMAS state art and technical schools, under the guidance of Wassily Kandinsky, Vladimir Tatlin, Aristarkh Lentulov and David Shterenberg. Supporter of Constructivism and follower of the ideas of Tatlin and Malevich, in the early 1920s he created sculptures and abstract compositions. From 1925 to 1928 Vialov was one of the founders and a leading representative of the OST association, a group composed by VKhUTEMAS students who had studied in the Shterenberg workshop and whose goal was to adhere as much as possible to contemporaneity with a new language, rejecting literary narration. His wife, the painter Elena Konstantinova Melnikova, was also a member. With this innovative spirit Vialov applied himself in socially significant artistic expressions, in particular the graphics of magazines, books, posters, theatrical sets and the design of urban spaces. He joined the Union of Soviet Artists in 1932. In those years he traveled throughout the country, fascinated by the radical industrial transformation that invested it. During the Second World War he created a series of posters for TASS on the themes of aviation and navy, depicting the heroic everyday life of pilots and sailors, on the liberation of Soviet cities and on the rebirth of the national economy. After the war, he continued to work as a painter until his death in Moscow in 1976.
Versatile and prolific artist, Vialov has always had an intense and prestigious exhibition activity both in Russia and abroad, including the Paris International Exhibition (1925) and the Venice Biennale (1932). An important posthumous solo exhibition was held in Moscow in 1981 and in 2011 his posters were part of the exhibition Windows on the War: Soviet TASS Posters at Home and Abroad, 1941-1945, held at the Art Institute of Chicago. In the same year, his projects were included in the exhibition Building the Revolution: Soviet Art and Architecture 1915-35 at the Royal Academy of Arts in London.

MUSEI

Moscow, Tret’jakov Gallery
Moscow, Museum Pushkin
Moscow, Museum of the Theater Bakhrushin
Moscow, Museum of Russian Contemporary History
Saint Petersburg, State Russian Museum
Saint Petersburg, Central Naval Museum
Saint Petersburg, Museum of the History of Religion
Perm, State Art Gallery
Nizhny Tagil, Museum of Fine Arts
Veliky Ustyug, Museum of Art
Smolensk, Museum of Art
Chicago, The Art Institute
Colonia, Museum Ludwig