Леонид Тишков. Листы из Livre d'artiste _ИЛИ@ЗДА_. 2019
Александр Панкин. Листы из Livre d'artiste _ИЛИ@ЗДА_. 2019
Василий Власов. Листы из Livre d'artiste _ИЛИ@ЗДА_. 2019
Елена Павлова. Садгегрдзело! (Тост!). 2019
Рауль Хаусман.Листы из Livre d'artiste. Поэзия неведомых слов. 1949
Date: 03 December, 2019 - 02 February, 2020
Venue: Gogolevsky Boulevard, 10/2

Curators: Mikhail Pogarsky, Vasily Vlasov
Architect: Alexey Podkidyshev

The exhibition celebrates the 125th anniversary of the birth of Ilya Mikhailovich Zdanevich and the 70th anniversary of the publication of his renowned anthology «Poetry of Unknown Words».

The exhibition organized by the Moscow Museum of Modern Art and the AVC Charity Foundation pays tribute to Ilya Zdanevich — an artist, a publisher, and an art theorist. Without Zdanevich, «there would be no Russian avant-garde and European avant-garde would miss a lot.» Along with the anthology «Poetry of unknown words» itself, the exhibition includes a homage to Ilya Zdanevich — a collective edition in the genre of livre d’artiste — as well as works in various media such as readymade, graphics and collage created by contemporary artists and inspired by Zdanevich’s oeuvre.

In Russia Zdanevich was part of a circle of avant-garde artists and the Futurist movement. Serving as a liaison between various movements and the locomotive of culture in parallel in the 1910s he developed his own artistic poetic style vsechestvo and the Zaum language. In France, the country to which Zdanevich immigrated in 1921 and where he lived until his last days, he was recognized primarily as an innovative typographer and a publisher who produced exquisitely crafted books in the genre of livre d’artiste collaborating with Pablo Picasso, Max Ernst, Henri Matisse and other outstanding artists.

The exhibition establishes a dialogue between contemporary art and the artists and poets of the last century, synthesizing the artistic styles of different epochs and countries. It consists of five thematic sections. Displayed in the first section are Ilya Zdanevich’s books — his avant-garde editions of the early 20th century and the books in the genre of livre d’artiste that Zdanevich produced from 1940 to 1975 in collaboration with the greatest artists of the 20th century, such as Picasso, Matisse, Chagall, Miro, Hausmann, and Giacometti amongst others. These books brought him worldwide fame as a publisher and an artist. The second section of the exhibition presents a homage to Ilya Zdanevich in the genre of livre d’artiste by contemporary artists. The works of this special edition were produced using various printing techniques (lithography, screen printing, linocut, collage, etc.), printed in an edition of 41 copies and stacked in special boxes.

The third section focuses on the collection «Poetry of Unknown Words», produced by Ilya Zdanevich as a reaction to the movement of Lettrisme, which headed by Isidore Isou flourished in Paris in the mid-1940s. This book brought together works by twenty one Futurist and Dadaist poets, including both European such as Tzara and Schwitters and Russian such as Khlebnikov, Poplavsky, Terentyev as well as Zdanevich himself. The book was illustrated by the renowned artists of that time such as Picasso, Miro, Matisse, Giacometti, Braque, and Chagall amongst others. Specially for the exhibition, the anthology was for the first time translated into Russian.

Shown in the fourth section are biographical documents related to the period of Zdanevich’s life when he was working on «Poetry of Unknown Words», including letters from the artists featured in the anthology to Zdanevich; many of these letters were decrypted and translated for the first time. Finally, the show is complemented by the works of contemporary artists in which they reconsider and develop Zdanevich’s ideas.

An extensive catalog has been published to coincide with the show. Along with the articles by Mikhail Pogarsky and Petr Kazarnovsky, the catalog contains a detailed account of Ilya Zdanevich’s life and work. As part of the exhibition an international conference dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the publication of «Poetry of Unknown Words» will be held on December 3 at the MMOMA Education Center.

About curators:

Vasily Vlasov (b.1953) is an artist, an exhibition curator at the «Artist Book» International Association, the publisher and editor of catalogs for the «Artist Book» exhibitions. He participated in more than 250 exhibitions, including a group exhibition organized by the Moscow Museum of Modern Art, the State Museum of V.V. Mayakovsky and the AVC Charity Foundation «bIRds and figIRes» (2016). Vlasov’s works are in the collections of the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, the State Russian Museum, the State Museum of V.V. Mayakovsky, the Van Abbemuseum (Eindhoven, the Netherlands), the Museum of Modern Art (Cologne, Germany) amongst others.

Mikhail Pogarsky (b. 1963, Candidate of Technical Sciences) is an artist, writer and curator, the author of more than 100 books and numerous articles on science and culture. Pogarsky is the editor-in-chief and publisher of the almanac «Triangular Wheel». He had numerous solo and group exhibitions. Pogarsky’s works are in the collections of the State Museum of V.V. Mayakovsky, the State Literary Museum, the Hermitage Museum, the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, the State Russian Library of Arts, Alexandria Library (Egypt), Tate Gallery (London, the UK), the Van Abbemuseum (Eindhoven, the Netherlands) amongst others.

About the AVC Charity Foundation

As established in 2008 by Andrey Cheglakov, Russian scientist, businessman and art collector, the AVC Charity Foundation for the Support of Cultural Programs provides not only financial support to a variety of programs but initiates its own music, art and publishing projects. The AVC Charity Foundation is a Patron of the MMOMA Educational Centre and a partner of numerous MMOMA exhibitions, such as Vladimir Yankilevsky. Mystery of Being, Mikhail Karasik. Constructivism and Other Things, Vladimir Nemukhin. Facets of Formalism (2015) and others.

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