The Constructivist Collection
21 Mar 2011
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The Constructivist Collection

Fabergé’s exploration of the powerful modernist Russian art movement has yielded the striking new Constructivist Collection of jewellery and objects. This influential Russian art direction, related to Cubism and to European modernist movements including Futurism and Bauhaus, emerged around 1913 and Fabergé embraced the aesthetic vision in objects, jewels and cigarette cases of that era.

Influenced by Kazimir Malevich, its leaders included Vladimir Tatlin (the founder of Constructivism), the brothers Antoine Pevsner and Naum Gabo, and the artists Alexander Rodchenko, Varvara Stepanova and Liubov Popova. Linked aesthetically to collage, Constructivism involved abstract composition and constructions, and also influenced architectural and engineering projects. Constructivism evolved out of the Machine Age which was taking hold in the first decade of the 20th century, with corresponding effect on Fabergé’s world.

The Constructivist Collection by Fabergé includes the spectacular ‘Composition Rouge et Verte Necklace’, the mesmerising ‘Lazlo Bracelet’ and the arresting ‘Kazimir Pendant’. The collection also previews the first in a new series of objects with multifaceted enamel panelling to produce an intriguing contemporary expression of the Constructivist style.