June 27, 2023
In this essay, artist, scholar and Stedelijk Museum research intern Katerina Sidorova, takes the publication project Война (1916) by poet Alexey Kruchenykh and artist Olga Rozanova as a starting point for her research into Russian futurist publications and Zaum poetry from the beginning of the 20th century.
About the Author
Katerina Sidorova is a visual artist and researcher. She obtained a BFA from both the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague, and Yaroslavl State Pedagogical University, Russia after which she traveled to the Glasgow School of Art for a Master in Fine Arts. Her practice focuses on the absurdity of mankind’s existence through its relationships with death, non-human species, societal hierarchies, necropolitics and performativity as a societal political strategy. She is currently working on a research project at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, where she is exploring Khardziev’s archive of material relating to avant-garde movements that developed at the start of the 20th century in what are now post-Soviet states.
 Slap in the face of public taste” – a collection of futurists (Moscow poetic group “Gileya”), published on December 18, 1912. It is best known for the accompanying manifesto of the same name. The collection contained poems by futurist poets – Velimir Khlebnikov, Vladimir Mayakovsky (debut), David Burliuk, Alexei Kruchenykh, Benedict Livshits. Also, the authors of the works were Nikolai Burliuk (brother of David Burliuk) and Wassily Kandinsky.
List of references
- Encyclopedia of the Russian avant-garde.
- A Gurianova., Olga Rozanova and the early Russian avant-garde. M., 2002.
- I. Khardziev ,From Mayakovsky to Kruchenykh: Selected works on Russian futurism, Gileya: Moscow, 2006.
- Kruchenykh, Declaration of the word as such. St. Petersburg, 1913.