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[Gesamtkunstwerk Stalin. English]. The total art of Stalinism: avant-garde, aesthetic dictatorship, and beyond I by Boris Groys ; translated by Charles Rougle. Verso’s edition of the Charles Rougle translation of Boris Groys’s The Total Art of Stalinism (originally published in German in as. Philosopher Boris Groys conceptualizes Soviet rule as an aesthetic phenomenon that resulted in a total work of art whose chief artist was Stalin. According to.

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However, the sheer fact that the avant garde was operating on the same territory as the Stalinist culture – the territory of power – led to its persecution as a political rival. Ottal eBook available Amazon. From the ruins of communism, Boris Groys emerges to provoke our interest in the aesthetic goals pursued with such catastrophic consequences by its founders.

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Thanks in Twelve Languages. Stalin fulfilled the avant-garde’s dream of organizing reality into a uniform, total work of art. In the late s, the avant-garde Soviet artists transforming the world were replaced by the party leadership, and later by Stalin himself, who considered the entire country and its citizens as artistic material that could be subjected to modeling.


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The Total Art of Stalinism

In the mids, he became a prolific self-published art and philosophy critic and regular speaker at self-made workshops on unofficial Soviet art. The Statues of Central Park. The revolutionaries of October promised to create a society that was not only more just and more economically stable but also more beautiful, and they intended that the entire life of the nation be completely subordinate to Communist party leaders commissioned to regulate, harmonize, and create a single “artistic” whole out of even the most minute details.

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Gesamtkunstwerk Stalin by Boris Groys

The Mushroom in Christian Art. Garage Library is closed og December 30 to January 6. And what were its artistic and literary ramifications? Originally published in German, it was translated into English, French, and Italian, with two separate limited editions in Russian in andbut has been unavailable for many years. Stay in Touch Sign up.

As communism collapses into ruins, Boris Groys provokes our interest in the aesthetic goals pursued with such catastrophic consequences by its founders. Stslinism to our mailing list arh get the latest news from Garage. Groys portrays the Soviet state as an aesthetic phenomenon, a Gesamtkunstwerk, or total work of art, engineered by Stalin. Peter Devereaux and Library of Congress. The Illustrated Biography-Beyond the Fantasy. Breath of the Wild—Creating a Champion.


The defeat of the avant garde and the subsequent turn to Socialist Realism, he argues, was not just a Soviet phenomenon, but part of the development of the contemporary avant-garde in general, with similar transformations observed not only in Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany, but also in French neoclassicism and Tye regionalism.

A Writer of Our Time. This important book, which revolutionized the perception of the Russian avant-garde and the Stalinist culture, was completed by Boris Groys in Jason Lyles and Brian Lyles.

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Groys also stresses the core differences between the avant-garde and Stalinist culture – primarily, in their respective treatment of the heritage of the past.

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He goes on to destroy resilient myths that either present the avant garde as a harmless artistic movement he underscores the avant-garde’s desire for power or condemn Socialist Realism as regressive and isolated from off global artistic context.