Official celebrations, however boring, can sometimes lead to worthwhile initiatives. Although the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Netherlands and Russia four hundred years ago is not necessarily a major historical event, it serves as the pretext for a fascinating exhibition, Primrose – Russian Color Photography, at Foam, the photography museum in Amsterdam. Four rooms cover more than a century of History with a large ‘H,’ from the tsars and the underground to the Revolution of 1917, from the family album to glorification to clear provocation. Since the invention of photography, the dream has always been to get closer to reality through color, to be the painter’s equal and develop new aesthetics.
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