Eighty-three years later, after man landing on the moon and robots traversing Mars, after the construction of international space stations, after probes to Mercury, Venus, Jupiter, Saturn and beyond, another exhibition -- The Cosmos of the Russian Avant-Garde: Art and Space Exploration, 1900-1930 -- pays homage to these valiant efforts to conquer space. A number of exhibitions and publications have been devoted to certain aspects of this theme, especially within the last decade, but this would seem to be the first attempt to concentrate on the modern Russian contribution. In any case, "The Cosmos of the Russian Avant-Garde: Art and Space Exploration, 1900-1930" is concerned not simply with artists' renderings of outer space or with scientists' visionary projects , but expressly with the intersection of visual art and cosmonautics.
The Cosmos of the Russian Avant-Garde: Art and Space Exploration, 1900-1930 examines the relationship between Russian art and science, in particular, before and after the Revolution of October, 1917. More specifically, the exhibition focuses on the intricate and fertile links between artistic visions of the cosmos and the practical investigations of space travel. By exploring this particular theme, i.e. the Russian perception, both metaphysical and actual, of space, the exhibition highlights the interaction of the esthetic and philosophical consciousness of artists with astrophysical and cosmonautical research in early 20th century Russia which, in many ways, was epitomized by the "First Universal Exhibition of Designs and Models of Interplanetary Apparatuses and Mechanisms" in Moscow in 1927.