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AVANT-GARDE MUSEOLOGY. Ed. by Arseny Zhilyaev. e-flux, New York, 2015. e-flux: Classics. Published in association with V-A-C Foundation, Moscow. Distributed by University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis. 632 pp. with 12 ills. 20 x 13 cm. ISBN 9780816699193 In English.
Publisher's description: The museum of contemporary art might be the most advanced recording device ever invented. It is a place for the storage of historical grievances and the memory of forgotten artistic experiments, social projects, or errant futures. But in late nineteenth and early twentieth-century Russia, this recording device was undertaken by artists and thinkers as a site for experimentation. Arseny Zhilyaev's Avant-Garde Museology presents essays documenting the wildly encompassing progressivism of this period by figures such as Nikolai Fedorov, Aleksandr Rodchenko, Kazimir Malevich, Alexander Bogdanov, and others -- many which are translated from the Russian for the first time. Here the urgent question is: How might the contents of the museum be reanimated so as to transcend even the social and physical limits imposed on humankind?
Indexing: Western, Europe — Russia/Soviet Union/Commonwealth — 1900-1945 — Several Media — Museum Studies
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 171407
Paperbound $35.00    

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