Black Heart Valentine in new Grosvenor Museum exhibition

5 February 2018

A hundred year old visual ‘language’ based on geometric shapes and limited colours lies behind a black heart, a dazzle ship and an abstract religious icon in the new vivid exhibition at Chester's Grosvenor Museum.

‘From Icon to Red Square: paintings by Adrian Sumner, inspired by the art of Russia’ filters the radical and prophetic art of the Russian Avant-Garde through Adrian’s unique way of contrasting and complimenting cultural references old and new.

The painting ‘Black Heart (The Fifth Black Element)’ combines shapes at the core of the art movement along with a pivotal scene from the 1997 film The Fifth Element. It is available as a limited-edition Valentine’s Day card from the Museum Shop.

Councillor Louise Gittins, Cabinet Member, Communities and Wellbeing said: “The Russian Avant-Garde created revolutionary work which dealt with aspects of the country’s society at a time of innovative change in the early 20th century. Their bold geometry, minimalist colours and stark typography continue to influence design today. 

“This exhibition references the Great War, the Revolution, and what came after in the USSR, as well as a Rubik’s cube and ancient Egyptian gods. It is a fantastically unique, all-expenses-paid trip from Andrei Rublev to Franz Ferdinand via Adrian Sumner.” The exhibition runs from 10 February to 7 May. Events include talks and an art workshop for adults and an Easter Bunny icon activity and other craft activities for families. For further details visit  Admission to the museum is free.

Black Heart
Black Heart

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