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Deineka Exhibition

There seems to be a fair bit of interest around Aleksandr Deineka (1899-1969) at the moment. There was an exhibition at the Tretiakov in 2009, another exhibition in Rome in early 2011, and now another in Madrid. There were rumours that a Deineka show might go to the Tate.



Deineka at the Tretiakov, 2010.


http://www.march.es/arte/ingles/madrid/exposiciones/aleksandr-deineka/

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