The Museum of Russian Art is pleased to present
"Art ... must be spread everywhere." (V. Mayakovsky) - An Introduction to Russian Constructivism
A Presentation by Sandra Teitge
Reflecting the goals of Russian Constructivism influential avant-garde poet and playwright Vladimir Mayakovsky demanded that “art must not be concentrated in dead shrines called museums. lt must be spread everywhere – on the streets, in the trams, factories, workshops, and in the workers' homes.”
The seed of Russian Constructivism (1913 – 1940s), a movement created by the Russian avant-garde, was a desire to express the experience of modern life, its dynamism, its new and disorientating qualities of space and time. But also crucial was the desire to develop a new form of art more appropriate to the democratic and modernizing goals of the Russian Revolution. Constructivists were to be constructors of a new society – cultural workers on par with scientists in their search for solutions to modern problems.
Unlike in France or Germany, where the avant-garde art development was backed up and encouraged by various philosophical, aesthetic and psychological theories, in Russia it was prompted by the pre-revolutionary atmosphere and the activities of patrons of art and enthusiasts who steered the national art life into the tide of European culture.
Tuesday, February 7th, 2017 | 6:30-7:30pm (Doors will open at 6:00pm)
General Admission $15 | TMORA Members $12 | Students (with ID) $7
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund, and a grant from the Wells Fargo Foundation.