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St. Petersburg and Russian Avant-Guard

About the collection

The State Russian Museum and the Boris Yeltsin Presidential Library joined forces to create a digital collection "St. Petersburg and Russian Avant-Garde", dedicated to the G-20 summit in Russia.

The logo of the G20 member countries’ leaders summit, presided for the first time in history by the Russian Federation, was not accidentally made in the avant-garde style. This was favored by the venue of the leading forum for international cooperation. The city of St. Petersburg is the home of the "vanguard" of culture, science, architecture and painting. It was there that the avant-garde movement in art, which combines different views, forms new approaches and propels forward, was conceived, blossomed and gained international fame.

The collection includes basic research works on the history of Russian avant-garde, albums and catalogs which treat of this artistic phenomenon, the works of some of its representatives. On particular interest in the collection are materials that characterize the spirit of the age. Among them - the newsreel, which captured Petrograd in the first quarter of the 20th century, rare postcards with samples of the decoration of mass celebrations in the avant-garde style, autobiographical text by V. V. Kandinsky, published in 1918.

In addition to the collections of the State Russian Museum and the Presidential Library, the development of the collection has benefited from the St. Petersburg State Theatre Library, the Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russian, the Russian State Archive of Film and Photo Documents, the Tretyakov Gallery and private collections.

Petrograd. 1918 : [newsreel snippets]. St. Petersburg, 2013.

Chairmen of space: [documentary] / The Presidential Library, the State Russian Museum. St. Petersburg, 2013. 32 min. 14 sec.

Gushchin A. S. The Artistic Decoration of the Public Festivities in Leningrad. 1918-1931 : 30 color post-cards. Moscow ; Leningrad, 1932

Gushchin A. S. The Artistic Decoration of the Public Festivities in Leningrad. 1918-1931 : [album tables]. Moscow ; Leningrad, 1932.

XX Century in the Russian Museum : Painting, Sculpture of the 1900s - 2000s : [album]. St. Petersburg, 2008. 391 p.

XX Century in the Russian Museum : Painting, Sculpture 1900-2000 Years : [album]. St. Petersburg, 2008. 391 p.

Museum inside the Museum : the Russian Avant-Guard from the Museum of Fine Arts Collection of the State Russian Museum : [catalogue]. St. Petersburg, 1998. 399 p.

The Russian Avant-Guard: the Objectives of Representation and Interpretation : [the collected conference materials]. St. Petersburg, 2001. 272 p.

The Russian Avant-Guard: Personality and School : [academic papers of the conferences]. St. Petersburg, 2003. 191 p.

The Russian Avant-Garde: Personality and School : [academic papers from the conferences]. St. Petersburg, 2003. 191 p.

Kazimir Malevich in the Russian Museum : [exhibition catalogue]. St. Petersburg, 2000. 447 p.

Kazimir Malevich in the Russian Museum : [exhibition catalogue]. St. Petersburg, 2000. 447 p.

The Russian Avant-Guard. Unfinished Pages : in commemoration of E. F. Kovtun [collection]. St. Petersburg, 1999. 131 p.

The Avant-Guard Caught on the Run : [album]. Leningrad, 1989. 275 p.

The Great Utopia: Russian and Soviet Avant-Guard 1915-1932 : [exhibition catalogue]. Moscow ; Bern, 1993. 832 p.

Painting, the 1920s -1930s : [catalogue & album]. Moscow ; New-York, 1988. 253 p.

Soviet Art of 20-30s : Painting, Graphics, Sculpture, and Applied Arts : [exhibition catalogue]. Leningrad, 1988. 80 p., 180 ill.

Moscow – Paris, 1900-1930 : [exhibition catalogue]. Vol. 2. Moscow, 1981, 5 p., 157 ill.

Pavel Filonov and His School : [exhibition materials]. Cologne, 1990. 343 p.

Ilia Ivanovich Mashkov : [album]. Moscow, 1961. 30 p., 22 ill.

V. V. Kandinsky : an artist’s text : 25 prints of the works from 1902-1917. 4 vignettes. Moscow, 1918. 56 p.

Sarabyanov D. V. Wassily Kandinsky The Artist’s Path. Artist and Time. Moscow, 1994. 174 pp., [32] col. ill. : ill. ports.

Kotovich T. V. Encyclopedia of the Russian Avant-Guard. Minsk, 2003. 415 p.

Borovkov A. I. Notes on the Russian Avant-Guard : Books, Cards, Graphics : [collected works]. Moscow, 2007. 205 p.

Simbolism in Avant-Guard : [collection]. Moscow, 2003. 443 p.

Avant-Guard and the Theatre of 1910-1920s : [collected works]. Moscow, 2008. 687 p.

Karelin V. M. Avant-Guard Literature and Authorities. Poetics and Politics of the Association for Real Art OBERIU : … PhD Dissertation Abstract. Moscow, 2011. 22 p.

Kruchenyh A. E. Victory Over the Sun : Two-act Opera : [Libretto]. 1913. 22 p., a typewritten copy.

Kruchenyh A. E. Victory Over the Sun : Russian Futuristic Opera : [translation]. Bilingual Edition. Lausanne, 1976. 99 p.

Mayakovsky V. V. The Bedbug : Fairy Tale Comedy. Leningrad, 1974. 151 p.

Kazimir Malevich. Drawing from the edition «From Cubism to Suprematism: New Painterly Realism». Moscow, 1916.

Kazimir Malevich. Drawings from the edition «Suprematism. 34 Drawings». Vitebsk, 1920.

Mikhail Matyushin. Colour Theory Project.

Boris Dmitriyevich Grigoryev. The Peasant Family. 1923.

Boris Dmitriyevich Grigoryev. View over a Country Town. 1924.

Olga Pchelnikova. Composition.

Olga Pchelnikova. Abstract Composition.

Vera Mikhailovna Ermolayeva. Dancing Figures. Vitebsk, 1920.

Alisa Poret. Abstract Composition. Circa 1921.

Yakov Chernikhov. Architectural Fantasies. Composition no. 43. Leningrad, 1933.

Ilya Chashnik. Suprematist Architecture. Circa 1925.

The Presidential Library Digital Collection "The Memory of the Great Victory"

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