“Kudymkor, Engine of the Future”

Proun Gallery

The full title of this show, “Kudymkor, Engine of the Future: Ekaterina Degot, Curator, and Leonid Tishkov, Artist, Tell the Story of Pyotr Subbotin-Permyak,” describes an unusual collaboration. Using various media—drawing, painting, documentary photography, and film, but also diary excerpts in the form of slogans as well as artifacts borrowed from Russian folk culture—the Moscow-based curator-critic and artist-writer relate the story of Subbotin (1888–1923), an artist who lived in Moscow from 1907 through 1919, placed himself at the service of the Soviet regime, and then decided, as a passionate though not radical representative of the “New Art” movement, to return to his native village in the region of Perm in the Urals and to found the Higher State Applied Arts Studios there.

The exhibition at Proun Gallery—named for El Lissitzky’s famous Suprematist concept and series of works, and part

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