Making Modernism Soviet
The Russian Avant-Garde in the Early Soviet Era, 1918-1928
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: Northwestern University Press
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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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List of Illustrations
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This book is a substantially revised version of my doctoral dissertation, completed in 1998. My appraisal of the relationship between the modern artists under consideration in this book and the increasingly repressive “state” apparatus has evolved considerably. While the dissertation adopts a “top- down” narrative—wherein the Soviet state and Communist Party ac-...
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During the fi rst quarter of the twentieth century, at the very start of the Soviet experiment in social engineering and cultural revolution, many members of Russia’s historic “avant- garde”—Kazimir Malevich, Vladimir Tatlin, Natan Al’tman, David Shterenberg, Alexander Rodchenko, and Vassily Kandinsky—went to work for the Bolsheviks, fi nding gainful em-...
Chapter One: The Great Experiment: The Moscow Museum of Painterly Cultuer, 1918 - 1928
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This chapter provides the fi rst comprehensive, archive- based history of the Moscow Museum of Painterly Culture (Muzei zhivopisnoi kul’tury, here-after, MZhK)—a unique Soviet institution that was created in 1918 as a repository for the work of all living Russian artists, but that quickly became the de facto home to artists devoted to modernist experimentation within ...
Chapter Two: The Center of Artistic Life: The People's School of Art in Vitebsk, 1919 - 1923
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It is well known that for a brief but incandescent moment in the history of Russian modernism, the People’s School of Art (Narodnoe khudozhestven-noe uchilishche) in Vitebsk,1 a provincial city on the far western boundary of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic (RSFSR),2 became the institutional home to such luminaries as Marc Chagall, El Lissitzky, and ...
Chapter Three: The Last Citadel: The Petrograd Museum of Artistic Culture and GINKhUK, 1919 - 1926
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There is no dearth of studies devoted to the Petrograd Museum of Artistic Culture (Muzei khudozhestvennoi kul’tury) or its more famous successor, the State Institute of Artistic Culture (Gosudarstvenny institut khudozhe-s tvennoi kul’tury).1 Previous works have established the basic chronology of this organization’s evolution from art museum to research institute, de-...
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In May 1929, upon learning that his administrative position at the State Institute of the History of Art was in serious jeopardy, Kazimir Malevich sent an urgent letter of appeal to Alexei Svidersky (1878– 1933), a career party and state oﬃ cial who was the new director of the Main Arts Ad-ministration (Glaviskusstvo).1 In this extended epistle, Malevich stressed ...
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Page Count: 144
Illustrations: 12 b/w
Publication Year: 2013
Series Editor Byline: John Smith, Will Wordsworth