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Constructivism was an art movement which is characterized by broken shapes and overlapping images. It lasted from 1913 to 1932 in Russia. It major artists were Vladimir Tatlin (1885 – 1953, regarded as a progenitor of Russian Constructivism) and Kazimir Malevich (1878-1935). It inspired the Deconstructivism art movement which followed. Constructivism is seen as a rejection of the idea of autonomous art, the movement was in favor of art as a practice for social purposes.

Tatlin's training as an icon painter may have been significant in suggesting to him how unusual materials might be introduced into painting, but the most important revelation in this respect was his encounter with Picasso's Cubist collages. [1]

In 1913, Kazimir Malevich began creating abstract geometric patterns in a style he called Suprematism - where art could be free from the burden of the object.

A Futurist Exhibition took place in St. Petersburg in December 1915; this exhibition has since been credited in launching two new styles Constructivism along with Suprematism, which dominated art in Russia including image design, architecture and theatre until Socialist Realism was forcibly introduced. [2]

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