Wednesday, October 11, 2017

"... don't try to explain any modern movement or artwork by anything that comes before, modern means a break from the past" -- Georg Trakl

1 comment:

yuting cheng said...

constructivism was an artistic and architectural philosophy that originated in Russia. this was a rejection of the idea of autonomous art. the movement was in favour of art as a practice for social purposes. constructivism had a great effect on modern art movements of the 20th century. its influence was pervasive with major effects upon architecture, graphic design, industrial design, theatre, film, dance, fashion and to some extent music. as much as involving itself in designs for industry, the constructivists worked on public festivals and street designs for the post-october revolution bolshevik government. inspired by vladimir mayakovsky's declaration the streets our brushes, the squares our palettes', artists and designers participated in public life during the civil war. a striking instance was the proposed festival for the comintern congress in 1921 which resembled the construction of the obmokhu exhibition as well as their work for the theatre. there was a great deal of overlap during this period between constructivism and proletkult, the ideas of which concerning the need to create an entirely new culture stuck a chord with the constructivists. in addition some constructivists were heavily involved in the rosta windows. the constructivists tried to create works that would make the viewer an active viewer of the artwork. in this it had similarities with the russian formalists' theory of making strange, and accordingly their main theorist viktor shklovsky worked closely with the constructivists, as did other formalists like the arch bishop.

yuting cheng