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Author Kunichika, Michael, author.

Title "Our native antiquity" : archaeology and aesthetics in the culture of Russian modernism / Michael Kunichika
Published Boston : Academic Studies Press, 2015


Description 1 online resource
Series Studies in Russian and Slavic literatures, cultures, and history
Studies in Russian and Slavic literatures, cultures and history.
Contents Introduction -- The archaeology of the stone Babas and the modernist inheritance -- A cultural poetics of the Kurgan -- Ancient statues, ancient terrors -- How a modernist artifact is made : the "native antiquity" of the stone Babas and the indigenization of cubism -- Velimir Khlebnikov, poet of the stone Babas -- The landmarks of time : burial mounds, Eurasian necropolises, and modernist form in Boris Pil'niak's The naked year -- Areas of deformation
Summary For Russian modernists in search of a past, there were many antiquities of different provenances and varying degrees of prestige from which to choose: Greece or Rome; Byzantium or Egypt. The modernists central to "Our Native Antiquity" located their antiquity in the Eurasian steppes, where they found objects and sites long denigrated as archaeological curiosities. The book follows the exemplary careers of two objects--the so-called "Stone Women" and the kurgan, or burial mound--and the attention paid to them by Russian and Soviet archaeologists, writers, artists, and filmmakers, for whom these artifacts served as resources for modernist art and letters and as arenas for a contest between vying conceptions of Russian art, culture, and history
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes In English
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Subject Archaeology -- Russia (Federation)
Modernism (Aesthetics) -- Russia (Federation)
Excavations (Archaeology) -- Eurasia
HISTORY -- Europe -- Eastern.
HISTORY -- Europe -- Former Soviet Republics.
HISTORY -- Europe -- Russia & the Former Soviet Union.
Excavations (Archaeology)
Modernism (Aesthetics)
Arkeologi -- influenser.
Eurasia -- Antiquities
Russia (Federation)
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2015509821
ISBN 9781618114426