27.05., 17.30 Uhr
This talk tackles key moments and iconic images associated with a media fever that had descended on the Soviet abstract avant-garde by the mid- 1920s and transformed the creative consciousness of the most significant male and female artists. Among my examples are Kazimir Malevich’s dissemination of Suprematist compositions by means of mechanical reproduction in 1919; Aleksandr Rodchenko’s abandonment of painting in 1921, in favour of designing printed matter; Gustav Klutsis’ first photomontage illustrations in political magazines; Valentina Kulagina’s ability to intensify the materiality of the abstract image and increase its faktura through the technique of lithography; and finally Popova’s insertion ‘Into Production’ with radical educational campaign.
As an independent curator, critic and art historian, Margarita Tupitsyn is the author of The Soviet Photograph (1996). She has authored catalogues and organised many shows including ‘El Lissitzky: Beyond the Abstract Cabinet’ (1998), ‘Bauhaus: Dessau, Chicago, New York’ (2000), ‘Against Kandinsky’ (2006), and ‘Rodchenko and Popova: Defining Constructivism’ (2009).