Title :

Lenin in the age of mechanical reproduction

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Conference :
International Congress of the History of Art (29th, 1996, Amsterdam); Memory & oblivion : proceedings of the XXIXth International Congress of the History of Art held in Amsterdam, 1-7 September 1996; Dordrecht; Kluwer Academic Publishers ;
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Language :
English ;
Abstract :
Examines two positions staked out in the wake of Lenin's death in January 1924, two possibilities for modern memorialization: that represented by the Commission for the Immortalization of the memory of V.I. Lenin, charged with the preservation of the leader's body and the regulation of all non-photographic images bearing his representation, and an alternative model proposed by the Lef group, a loose association of Marxist and formalist theorists, experimental artists and writers, who were the editors and contributors to the journal Lef. The Immortalization Commission and the artists they favored attempted to tie the mass-produced work of art to a stable referent, anxiously seeking a presence which no longer existed. In contrast, the Lef group, criticizing the efforts of the Immortalization Commission, issued a mandate for representation of the leader that would refuse any essential subject and insist instead on infinite multiplicity. In practice, this counter portrait is most clearly developed in the work of Lef member and Russian constructivist Aleksandr Rodchenko. ;
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French keywords :
Art ; Groupes et Sociétés d'artistes ; Iconographie ; Lef (Moskva, 1923-1925) ; Lenin, Vladimir Il'ic, 1870-1924 ; Monument commémoratif ; Politique ; Portrait ; Revue ; Rodcenko, Aleksandr Mihailovic, 1891-1956 ; Russie, Fédération de ; 1900-2000 ;
Descriptors :
Art ; Artists' groups and associations ; Commemorative monuments ; Iconography ; Lef (Moskva, 1923-1925) ; Lenin, Vladimir Il'ic, 1870-1924 ; Periodicals ; Politics ; Portraits ; Rodcenko, Aleksandr Mihailovic, 1891-1956 ; Russian Federation ; 1900-2000 ;
Document type :
Communication de congrès ;
INIST identifier :
24975685 ;
ISBN 0792342135 ;
Provenance :
Bibliographie d'Histoire de l'Art ;
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