First volume of “Archive of N. Khardzhiev. Russian avant-garde: materials and documents from RGALI collection” to be presented at non/fictio№ book fair

16 November 2017
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    First volume of “Archive of N. Khardzhiev. Russian avant-garde: materials and documents from RGALI collection” to be presented at non/fictio№ book fair
    First volume of “Archive of N. Khardzhiev. Russian avant-garde: materials and documents from RGALI collection” to be presented at non/fictio№ book fair
Date: November 30th, Thursday, 4:00 p.m.
Place: Literary Cafe
Address: Central House of Artists; Krymsky Val, 10
Participants: Ekaterina Bobrinskaya, Anna Korndorf, Tatyana Goryaeva, Nikolai Molok, Alexander Parnis, Elena Rudenko

On November 30th, the 19th non/fictio№ International Fair of Intellectual Literature will hold the presentation of the first book of the three-volume “Archive of N. Khardzhiev. Russian avant-garde: materials and documents from RGALI collection”. This series unveils, for the first time in Russia, the legacy of outstanding Russian avant-gardists from the famous private collection of the writer and historian Nikolai Ivanovich Khardzhiev.

The IN ARTIBUS foundation and the Russian State Archive of Literature and Art have prepared and published the first of the three planned volumes of the “Khardzhiev’s Archive”. This unique edition presents readers with a corpus of rare documents related to the art of the Russian avant-garde. Almost all of them are published for the first time and belong to the legendary collector Nikolai Khardzhiev, whose legacy, at last, after long troubles, united in the walls of the RGALI and open to researchers, is an extremely valuable part of the history of Russian culture of the early 20th century.

The first volume includes articles, working theses and rough notes by Kazimir Malevich and El Lisitsky; letters from Nina Kogan to Peter Miturich, Malevich, Vera Khlebnikova and other addressees; the diary of Mikhail Mityushin; a 1920s article by Aleksei Gan, which was written specifically for the solo exhibition of Malevich in 1920, and has been known only by references in some critical articles, as well as large number of other archive documents.

The three-volume “Khardzhiev’s Archive” is published in the “Anthology of 20th Century Art History” series, which is part of the IN ARTIBUS foundation publishing program. Editorial board of the book includes curators of the exhibition Anna Korndorf and Ekaterina Bobrinskaya, as well as Nikolai Molok and Elena Rudenko. The book is compiled by Alexander Parnis. Science editor: Andrei Sarabyanov.

The "Khardzhiev's Archive" exhibition and book series are sensational not only because of the value of the items presented, but also because of the history of the famous archive. Nikolai Khardzhiev managed to save dozens of unique items for the history of Russian culture, which became a clear indication of the turbulent process of creative search of the 1910-20s.

The readers will be presented with the documentary and artistic heritage of Velimir Khlebnikov, Alexei Kruchenykh, Vladimir Tatlin, Elena Guro, Natalia Goncharova and Olga Rozanova, as well as previously unknown theoretical texts by Lazar Lisitsky, Kazimir Malevich, Mikhail Matyushin and unique materials related to Vitebsk and UNOVIS (“The Champions of the New Art” group).

The second volume is scheduled for publication in January 2018, and the third volume in 2019.

The publication is timed to the "Khardzhiev's Archive" exhibition which is on display at IN ARTIBUS foundation from October 11 to January 30, 2018.