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Agnieska Pindera, Jarosław Suchan (eds.), The Avant-Garde Museum

The Avant-garde Museum is the first study enabling avant-garde auto-institutionalization to be discerned as a separate and specific phenomenon. It puts forward a comparison of several avant-garde (quasi)institutions established between World War I and World War II. What was the motivation behind the desire to create one’s own museum institutions? How were they envisaged? How did they fit into the avant-garde tenet of art as a tool for forging a better future? Furthermore, were there any ideas behind them that can serve as guidelines for museums today? These are the questions posed by the authors of the publication, which is also a preview of the autumn exhibition at Muzeum Sztuki.

The publication consists of materials devoted to four avant-garde museum projects: the network of Museums of Artistic Culture established in post-October Russia, Kabinett der Abstrakten designed by El Lissitzky for the Hanover Provincial Museum in 1927, Société Anonyme Inc. established in New York in the early 1920s, and the International Collection of Modern Art of the “a.r.” group opened to the public in 1931 at the city museum in Łódź. Critical studies by eminent researchers dealing with the historical avant-garde are accompanied by a selection of source texts and a rich iconography presenting archival materials and selected works from collections related to the projects in question. The historical and ideological framework of the entire project is outlined in the opening essay written by Jarosław Suchan. It contains a synthetic overview of individual avant-garde ventures, with an emphasis on presenting those that are still not sufficiently known globally, namely, the collection of the “a.r.” group. It also provides a comparative analysis of these initiatives and on this basis formulates the characteristics of what we might understand as the very idea of an “avant-garde museum”. Each essay presents these quasi-artistic and quasi-museological initiatives in more detail, with specific emphasis being dedicated to both their common features and regional specificity.  

The book includes texts by authors such as: Masha Chlenova, Maria Gough, Jennifer R. Gross, Frauke V. Josenhans, Sandra Karina Löschke, Daniel Muzyczuk, Rebecca Uchill, ok group (J. Myers and J. Szupińska), Agnieszka Pindera, Jarosław Suchan, Marcin Szeląg, and Tomasz Załuski.

Published by Walther König and Muzeum Sztuki, Łódź
Edited byAgnieska Pindera, Jarosław Suchan
Design by Ryszard Bienert
ISBN: 978-83-96098-947-9
620 pages

42 Euro

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