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  • Russia On the road 1920-1990
    Russia On the road 1920-1990
    Roma - Exhibitions, from 16/10/15 to 15/12/15
  • Palazzo delle Esposizioni
    Russia On the road 1920-1990
    Palazzo delle Esposizioni, from 16/10/15 to 15/12/15

Russia On the road 1920-1990



Organised by the Azienda Speciale Palaexpo in conjunction with the Institute of Russian Realist Art in Moscow, Russia on the Road (1920–1990) showcases some sixty paintings both from the institute's own collection and from some of the country's leading museums such as the State Tretyakov gallery and the State Russian Museum.

The exhibition explores almost a century of Russian art coinciding primarily with the Soviet era, an era in which men endeavoured to turn their utopias into reality and reality into a legend.  Adopting a thematic approach, the exhibition tells the story of how modern means of transport suddenly erupted onto the scene in the everyday life of the Russian people.  Symbolising progress and man's unprecedented dominion over the vast space that is continental Russia, machines and machinery also invaded the collective imagination of the country's artists.  Planes, boats, trains and cars but also motorways, railways, ports and underground stations became subjects considered as worthy of interest and as "noble" as the human figure or the landscape, entering the space of artistic portrayal in their capacity as positive symbols of man's contemporary condition.


The exhibits on display offer a very diverse picture of the different artists' approach to the technical and the technological, an approachy which varied widely both in form and in atmosphere as times changed.  On the one hand heavily ideological works celebrate the new legends as symbols of change, while on the other, more intimate poetic works mark their distance from the stern bonds of propaganda.


In addition to showcasing some of the most celebrated masterpieces of Aleksandr Deyneka, Yuri Pimenov and Georgy Nissky from the best-known period of Soviet art (stretching from the 1920s to the 1950s), the exhibition also allows visitors to admire a selection of less well-known yet surprising works from the 1960s to the 1990s that betray interaction with contemporary artistic trends in Europe, such as Italian Neo-Realism or the French Nouvelle Vague. Long hidden behind the "Iron Curtain", this art – now displayed in some of Europe's most important museums and galleries – allows us to take a decidedly new look at the history of Russian art.


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  • The Site reopens to visitors on April 27 for the DL 52 of April 22, 2021
    Online booking required for Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.

from October 30, 2020 until July 18, 2021
curated by Sarah Cosulich and Stefano Collicelli Cagol

Discover the security and safe measures here 

Info and booking

Individuals and groups
Tel. +39 06 39967500


Tel. +39 06 39967200

from monday to friday 9.00 am - 6.00 pm
on Saturday 9.00 am - 2.00 pm

Russia On the road 1920-1990



Ticket Office

Admission ticket
  • - Full € 12.50
  • - Reduced € 10
Other Reduced
  • reduced price ages 7/18 € 6.00
    schools € 4.00 each student


    Admission to exhibitions at the Scuderie del Quirinale and at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni for students, researchers and undergraduates registered with public or private universities in Rome costs € 4.00 on Fridays and Saturdays, after 7.00 pm until the box office closes.


    First Wednesday of the month
    Thanks to Lottomatica free entry for under 30 on the first Wednesday of the month from 2:00pm to 7:00pm
    The entrance is free for single visitors only. It is not available for groups.

    Reduced price for:
    - young people under 26
    - senior citizens over 65
    - teachers
    - groups who book in advance (minimum 10  - maximum 25 people) from Tuesday to Friday
    - groups with special concessions
    - forces of law and order and the military on producing an ID
    - journalists with regular license of the National Order (professionals, practitioners, journalists) special price € 7,00


     Free admission for:
    - children under 6
    - 1 person accompanying each booked group
    - 1 person accompanying every 10 students
    - disabled (free admission for the person accompanying them)
    - Regione Lazio tourist guides
    - Regione Lazio tourist escorts
    - interpreters accompanying the guides- ICOM and ICROM card holders

  • Guided tour (min 10 - max 25 pax)

    € 100,00 one exhibition | € 165,00 two exhibitions

    in Italian, English, French, Germany, Spanish

    Reservation required tel. +39 06 39967500.

  • Guided tour (min 10 - max 25 pax) 

    € 80,00 one exhibition | € 130,00 two exhibitions

    in Italian, English, French, Germany, Spanish

    Reservation required tel. +39 06 39967200

Reservation Fee
  • Individuals: € 2.00, suggested

    Groups: € 30.00 (max 25 pax), required

    Schools: € 20.00 (max 25 pax), required

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