The RUSSIAN AVANT-GARDE and its NATIONAL ROOTS
….was the title of an exhibition held at the Ekaterinburg Museum of Fine Art in 2009.
To my mind it was one of the finest exhibitions of the Russian avant-garde held anywhere. The reason for this is the very successful choice of the theme – to identify and demonstrate the deeply ‘Russian’ origins of the Avant-Garde.
It allows deep and enlightening consideration of not only Russian, but all art.
Everything comes from something else – it must be understood within the context of its creation, as well as for its intrinsic value.
This is the catalogue of that exhibition. It is beautifully printed (the colours are particularly vivid) and thoroughly researched. There are photographs or illustrations on every one of its 111 pages. It takes the reader through the Russian Avant-Garde from 1910 into the 1920s and then traces a path back into the varied world of Russian devotional, fine and applied arts to identify its sources.
We offer below a number of scans from the book. They are not all well-aligned, since I did not wish to break the spine of the book by pressing it down too hard.
Scroll down for the last (and large) picture of the back cover – it has the contents list.