By Arseny Zhilyaev
The museum of up to date paintings will be the main complicated recording gadget ever invented. it's a position for the garage of historic grievances and the reminiscence of forgotten inventive experiments, social initiatives, or errant futures. yet in past due 19th and early twentieth-century Russia, this recording equipment was once undertaken by means of artists and thinkers as a domain for experimentation.
Arseny Zhilyaev’s Avant-Garde Museology provides essays documenting the wildly encompassing progressivism of this era by way of figures comparable to Nikolai Fedorov, Aleksandr Rodchenko, Kazimir Malevich, Alexander Bogdanov, and others—many that are translated from the Russian for the 1st time. right here the pressing query is: How may well the contents of the museum be reanimated in order 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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What was so special about Conceptualist practices? To answer this question we would have to reconstruct the mindset of a practicing revolutionary and Marxist thinker with respect to the practices of contemporary art. Conceptualism was built around the analysis of the conditions of art production, the analysis of the medium that serves as the vehicle for artistic utterance, and consequently presupposed the examination of objective material relations underlying all forms of the aesthetic experience.
Lenin called dialectical materialism the backbone of Marxist method. e. analysis of social relations, which form the necessary materialist basis of the dialectic development of history. Accordingly, the materialist dialectic of Marx was a distinct form of logic, different from formal logic: it was the logic of human reasoning that allowed one to analyze the historical development and formation of various social forms as a result of interactions within the framework of materialist industrial relations.
See Boris Groys, “Politics of Installation,” e-flux journal no. 2 (January 2009). 21. See Arseny Zhilyaev, “Conceptual Realism: The Vulgar Freedom of Avant-Garde Museum Work,” e-flux journal no. 60 (December 2014). Introduction 53 Avant-garde Museology * * * As we know, no such journal and no such term ever existed. Avant-garde museology is a paradox, made up of seemingly contradictory, mutually exclusive principles. Indeed, generally speaking, the avant-garde presupposes art’s transcendence of its institutional boundaries, which are typically understood to be the museum.