Avant-Garde Museology by Arseny Zhilyaev

By Arseny Zhilyaev

The museum of latest artwork should be the main complex recording gadget ever invented. it's a position for the garage of old grievances and the reminiscence of forgotten creative experiments, social initiatives, or errant futures. yet in past due 19th and early twentieth-century Russia, this recording machine used to be undertaken by means of artists and thinkers as a website for experimentation.

Arseny Zhilyaev’s Avant-Garde Museology offers essays documenting the wildly encompassing progressivism of this era by means of figures akin to Nikolai Fedorov, Aleksandr Rodchenko, Kazimir Malevich, Alexander Bogdanov, and others—many that are translated from the Russian for the 1st time. the following the pressing query is: How could the contents of the museum be reanimated with a purpose to go beyond even the social and actual limits imposed on humankind?

participants: David Arkin; Vladimir Bekhterev; Alexander Bogdanov; Osip Brik; Vasiliy Chekrygin; Leonid Chetyrkin; Nikolai Druzhinin; Nikolai Fedorov; Pavel Florensky; R. N. Frumkina; M. S. Ilkovskiy; V. I. Karmilov; V. Karpov; Valentin Kholtsov; P. N. Khrapov; Yuriy Kogan; Natalya Kovalenskaya; Nadezhda Krupskaya; S. P. Lebedyansky; A. F. Levitsky; Vera Leykina (Leykina-Svirskaya); Ivan Luppol; Kazimir Malevich; Andrey Platonov; Nikolay Punin; Aleksandr Rodchenko; Yuriy Samarin; I. F. Sheremet; Andrey Shestakov; Natan Shneerson; Ivan Skulenko; M. Vorobiev; N. Vorontsovsky; Boris Zavadovsky; I. M. Zykov. 

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Certain new ideas were introduced in the intervening years. Thus, among other postulates, emerged the principle of partisanship. The key difference in the Plekhanovite understanding of the dialectic, which essentially rendered it a dogma, was the conception of dialectic principles not as the logic of the historical 19. See S. Mareev, Iz istorii sovetskoi filosofii: Lukacs-Vigotkiy-Ilienkov (From the History of Soviet Philosophy: Lukacs-Vigotskiy-Ilienkov) (Moscow: Progress, 2008). i 50 Arseny Zhilyaev progress of the forces of production and of historical consciousness expressed in human thought, but as the laws of the progress of matter and nature in and of themselves, with their subsequent realization in human activity, including production and philosophy.

It is understood that an age that calls itself progressive will be as abundant, as rich in its donations to the museum, as it is true to its name as the age of progress. Progress, or, more accurately, struggle offering so many sacrifices to the museum, saving what is donated to it from unbrotherly activity, could not be Museum as Common Task 61 The Museum, Its Meaning and Mission considered as causing pain and being deadly, if each work did not have its author-creator and if progress were not crowding out the living.

I 30 Arseny Zhilyaev truly encyclopedic scope: among them is a study of optical perspective, a scientific paper on the methods of extracting iodine, and one on construction techniques in permafrost conditions (the latter due in part to his arrest and exile to Siberia). Despite his status as a priest, Florensky continued to lecture widely in the early years of rabidly anticlerical Soviet rule, and was involved in some of the most important artistic debates in the years of the historical avant-garde.

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