Tate Modern Exhibition

Natalia Goncharova

painted portrait of a woman in traditional russian dress

Natalia Goncharova Peasant Woman from Tula Province 1910 State Tretyakov Gallery (Moscow, Russia) © ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2019

A leader of the Russian avant-garde, Natalia Goncharova blazed a trail with her experimental approach to art and design

Tate Modern will present the first retrospective of Natalia Goncharova ever held in the UK. Most of the works have never been seen in this country before.

Goncharova found acclaim early in her career. Aged just 32 she established herself as the leader of the Russian avant-garde with a major exhibition in Moscow in 1913. She then moved to France where she designed costumes and backdrops for Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballet Russes. She lived in Paris for the rest of her life, becoming a key figure in the city’s cutting-edge art scene.

Goncharova’s artistic output was immense, wide-ranging and at times controversial. She paraded the streets of Moscow displaying futurist body art and created monumental religious paintings. She took part in avant-garde cinema, experimented with book designs and designed for fashion houses in Moscow and Paris.

Her bold and innovative body of work influenced and transcended the art movements of the 20th century. The exhibition will explore her diverse sources and inspirations, from Russian folk art and textiles to the latest trends in modernism and beyond.

Organised by Tate Modern in collaboration with Palazzo Strozzi, Florence and the Ateneum Art Museum, Helsinki.

Natalia Goncharova is presented in The Eyal Ofer Galleries.

Tate Modern

London SE1 9TG
Plan your visit


6 June – 8 September 2019

Supported by

Letter One

With additional support from

Mr. Petr Aven

and Tate Members


Tate Modern’s entrancing resurrection of Goncharova’s genius

The Guardian

The sense of sheer undaunted energy will strike you

The Times

Go see it, then head out and let it permeate your thoughts in the real world

Time Out

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  • Art Term


    An early form of abstract art characterised by interacting linear forms derived from rays of light
  • Artist

    Natalia Goncharova