Russian Postmodernism
Mikhail Epstein “ The Origins and Meaning of Russian Postmodernism” (1995)
In Russia  models of reality  have always replaced reality itself. <ul><li>988: Prince Vladimir forcefully introduced  Chr...
“ Russians have only names for everything, but nothing in reality.  Russia is a country of façades.[...]  How many cities ...
“ Signs of a new reality, of which Soviet citizens were so proud in the thirties and fifties, from Stalin’s massive hydroe...
Russian Sots-Art
Vitaly Komar and Alexander Melamid
Lenin and Stalin
Self-Portraits as Lenin and Stalin, 1972
Red Square
Ideal Slogan, 1972
Quotation, 1972
Komar’s Wife with Their Son and Melamid’s Wife, 1972
Stalin and the Muses, 1982
Lenin Lived, Lenin Lives,  Lenin Will Live, 1982
Nostalgic View of the Kremlin from Manhattan, 1982
Erik Bulatov
Krasikov Street, 1977
Sunrise or Sunset, 1989
Symbols of the Century Alexander Kosolapov, 1982
Adam and Eve
Stalin
Cutlery
Device for Determining Nationality
Young Hope of the World
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Russian Postmodernism and Sotsart

  1. 1. Russian Postmodernism
  2. 2. Mikhail Epstein “ The Origins and Meaning of Russian Postmodernism” (1995)
  3. 3. In Russia models of reality have always replaced reality itself. <ul><li>988: Prince Vladimir forcefully introduced Christianity </li></ul><ul><li>Early 18th c.: Peter the Great introduced Western culture , built St. Petersburg </li></ul><ul><li>Late 18th c.: Potemkin villages </li></ul><ul><li>20th c.: artificial communist ideals and enthusiasm </li></ul><ul><li>1990s: ideas of capitalist economy and free enterprise are pure conceptions against the background of a devastated society </li></ul>
  4. 4. “ Russians have only names for everything, but nothing in reality. Russia is a country of façades.[...] How many cities and roads exist only as projects.[…]” Marquis de Custine, 1839
  5. 5. “ Signs of a new reality, of which Soviet citizens were so proud in the thirties and fifties, from Stalin’s massive hydroelectric plant on the Dnieper River to Khriushchev’s decision to raise corn and Brezhnev’s numerous autobiographies, were actually pure ideological simulations of reality. This artificial reality was intended to demonstrate the superiority of ideas over simple facts.” Mikhail Epstein
  6. 6. Russian Sots-Art
  7. 7. Vitaly Komar and Alexander Melamid
  8. 8. Lenin and Stalin
  9. 9. Self-Portraits as Lenin and Stalin, 1972
  10. 10. Red Square
  11. 11. Ideal Slogan, 1972
  12. 12. Quotation, 1972
  13. 13. Komar’s Wife with Their Son and Melamid’s Wife, 1972
  14. 14. Stalin and the Muses, 1982
  15. 15. Lenin Lived, Lenin Lives, Lenin Will Live, 1982
  16. 16. Nostalgic View of the Kremlin from Manhattan, 1982
  17. 17. Erik Bulatov
  18. 18. Krasikov Street, 1977
  19. 19. Sunrise or Sunset, 1989
  20. 20. Symbols of the Century Alexander Kosolapov, 1982
  21. 21. Adam and Eve
  22. 22. Stalin
  23. 23. Cutlery
  24. 24. Device for Determining Nationality
  25. 25. Young Hope of the World
  26. 26. Contemporary Bank Advertisement

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