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CONTENTS

CAMERA-OBSCURA

Anatolii Strigalev ...The roses are blue over there

A detailed investigation of the history of the art exhibitions Blue Rose (1907), The Stefanos Garland (19071908) and Salonov, which were organized by the journal Golden Fleece (19081910). The author shows that these exhibitions not only brought about the development of Russian symbolism as an artistic trend, but were also the first steps along the path to forming new principles of exhibiting Russian avant-garde art.

Aleksandra Shatskikh Petr Bromirskiis Angel of the Apocalypse

The first critical study of the work of an almost forgotten sculptor and symbolist, Petr Bromirskii (1919/20), who participated in the Blue Rose exhibition and designed the Surikov monument in Red Square. The author points to Bromirskiis versatile powers of innovation and his influence on the development of new ideas in art at the beginning of the XX century.

Inessa Levkova-Lamm Towards the Russian Idea on a donkeys tail (From the Third Rome to the Third International)

The author examines the meaning of compositions and theoretical orientations in Russian avant-garde art and compares them to the views of Russian religious philosophers at the beginning of the XX century. She makes the comparison with reference to the so-called Russian Idea a nationalist ideology developed from the XV century doctrine of Moscow the Third Rome.

Aleksandr Parnis Mava, the evil spirit and beautiful woman in Izbornik [The Chosen One], 1914.

An introduction to the subject of Khlebnikov and Filonov. Having made a detailed analysis of the poetry of Velimir Khlebnikov from the book Izbornik, the author comes to the conclusion that the verse is an encoded dedication to a specific person, Kseniia Bogoslavskaia, the future wife of Jean Pouni. By examining Pavel Filonovs illustrations to this book, the author believes that the artist was aware of this dedication.

Dmitrii Panin Who is an artist?

A brief meditation on how a work of art is perceived in the XX century, the creative role of the spectator and his/her creative interaction with the artist. The essay is by the Russian philosopher, Dmitrii Panin, who spent 16 years in Soviet prisons and in exile, and the last fifteen years of his life as an qmigrq in France.

Andrei Tolstoi Emigration and the artistic tradition

Owing to the emigration of the main representatives of the Mir iskusstva art trend at the beginning of the XX century, the trend managed to survive and even develop its principles in France over the 1920s and 1930s. The artists were given great assistance by Russian migr journals, in particular, Zhar-ptitsa (19211926).

Evgenii Barabanov Russian art in a post-historical context

The author analyses the current situation in Russian art history and criticism. After the demise of the idea of a single-stream history of art, it has been replaced by a number of separate histories. These separate histories have little to do with each other; they have their own criteria and appraisals.

Andrei Kovalev An introduction to the museum of modern art

The author attempts to make a detailed analysis of the museum as a cultural phenomenon: he traces the birth of this institution; reveals specific features of the interaction between the Museum and current XX century art; and outlines the history of how modern and contemporary art has been exhibited in Museums in the latter half of this century.

Anna Tchoudetskaia The Volkswagen Museum of Modern Art

The material introduces the reader to the new museum of modern art in Wolfsburg (Germany). It describes the museums structure, the principles behind gathering the collection and exhibiting concepts.

Adalgisa Lugli From objects of wonder to the art of wonders

A translation from an Italian publication by professor A.Lugli (19461995), dedicated to the phenomenon of the wonderful, or remarkable (meraviglia), which has always interested collectors and was recognised in the XX century as an artistic principle in fine art.

Andrei Tolstoi Sensation

An analysis of a scandal-provoking exhibition held at Londons Royal Academy of Arts in 1997. The author traces the link between the enthusiasm for naturalism among young British artists and the centuries-old tradition of exhibiting all kinds of exotic creatures and astonishing objects, such as those displayed in cabinets of curiosities.


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Attribution

Georgii Kovalenko Works attributed to Aleksandra Ekster

This article contains a number of interesting observations which have accumulated during years of study, searches and attributions of work to one of the outstanding artists of the Russian avant-garde, Alksandra Ekster. The author reveals forgeries which have appeared on the antiquarian market over the last decades, including auctions at Christies. He argues the case for attributing certain pieces of work to Ekster, including some from a private Munich collection, the authorship of which has been cast into doubt by the majority of Russian art historians.

Interpretation

Grigorii Zabelshanskii A mausoleum of Soviet avant-garde art

The author tries to present an impartial examination of one of the most symbolic and, at the same time, most hated buildings in Soviet history Lenins Mausoleum. He reveals that the Mausoleums prototype in history was the Ziggurat in Babylon and reconstructs the ritual of a visit to this unique Soviet monument, which, in his opinion, should be preserved for history.

Provenance

Grigorii Kozlov Searching for The Day of Judgement

The author was interested in the history of Hans Memlings triptych The Day of Judgement from the Peoples Museum in Gdansk (Poland). His story is reminiscent of a detective novel: commissioned in 1467 by a Florentine banker, the triptych was stolen by pirates, drew the attention of Peter the Great and hung in Napoleons museum at the Louvre...

Private collections

Russian art from the 1910s and 1920s
which is in private collections in Paris and London

A publication by Serge Yesayan (Paris).

The most significant Russian paintings and graphics from private collections in Paris and London.

Julian Barran (London)

A new collection of Russian avant-garde art. A publication of Russian avant-garde works from a recently-gathered private collection.

Lidiia Andreeva A passion that became a profession
An item on Aleksei Garins private collection of porcelain: all the works were produced in the 1910s and 1920s as propaganda material.

Market

Modern art at Sothebys and Christies auctions in the second half of 1997.

Mikhail Zelikman Searching for antiques on the Internet

Information for those interested in the antiques market on how to use the Internet. It includes information on how to find resources with the aid of various searching systems.

Interests

Anna Tchoudetskaia Posters at Christies auctions

An analytical survey of the antique poster market (including Russian posters) based on material from Christies.

Sergei Cherednichenko Graphic prints as a collectors item

The director of a museum of advertising at one of Moscows advertising agencies gives his views on print-collecting in Russia.

KALEIDOSCOPE

Exhibitions

Books

Reviews

Notices

Sales

CHRONICLES

Chronicle of a journey

Olga Kozlova (Cologne) A visit to the German city of Cologne can become a trip of great learning for the traveller interested in art.

Criminal chronicles

Theft

James Emson Searching for stolen treasures

The director of the International Art and Antique Loss Register (London)

 

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