Organic Art. The Avant-Garde in Petrograd

The Russian avant-garde has been an important synthetic artistic phenomenon in the history of the 20th century. Taking the Russian avant-garde as a starting point, MOMus-Museum of Modern Art – Costakis collection examines art in a range of scientific, research and laboratory activities that place music, literature, architecture, cinema, theater, dance and their dialogue with the sciences as well as the relation between Art and Nature, in a common trajectory. One of the best examples of the synthesis of the arts is the School of Organic Culture in Petrograd/Leningrad under the directorship and theoretic supervision of Mikhail Matiushin (1861-1934).

© Elena Guro, Landscape (Martiskino), 1905, oil on canvas, 24.8 x 23.8 cm © MOMus Museum of Modern Art-Costakis Collection

The “Organic Art” exhibition focuses on the study of the Synthesis of the Arts and particularly in the dialogue between the visual arts with poetry, movement and sound as well as the relation between Art and Nature. At the same time, innovations in the field of Art Education initiated and applied at GINKhUK (Leningrad State Institute of Artistic Education) are presented.

The exhibition refers to the course taught in Petrograd/Leningrad in the 1920s by the painter and musician Mikhail Matiushin. For Matiushin, art exists in nature, in the microcosm and the macrocosm and a special training of our senses is needed in order to locate it. According to Matiushin, the Theory of Extended Viewing can become such training tool. Painting cannot be statical, it is constantly transformed and it is closely connected with movement and sound.

The works and archival material come from the Costakis collection of MOMus-Museum of Modern Art. The works by Liudmila Ivanova are a generous donation to MOMus-Museum of Modern Art by professors John E. Bowlt and Nicoletta Misler.

Artists: Boris Ender, Ksenia Ender, Maria Ender, Yuri Ender, Pavel Filonov, Nikolai Grinberg, Elena Guro, Liudmila Ivanova, Mikhail Matiushin, Nikolai Suetin, Vsevolod Sulimo-Samuilo

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