We are the wonder makers.
The sunbeams we shall tie
in radiant brooms, and sweep
the clouds from the sky
We shall make honey-sweet the rivers of the world.
The streets of earth we’ll pave with radiant stars…
Vladimir Mayakovsky, Mystery-Bouffe, 1918
‘…the spiral is the line of movement of mankind liberated. The spiral is the ideal expression of liberation. With its heel set against the ground, it escapes from the ground and becomes a sign of the renunciation of all animal, earthly and low ambitions.’
Nikolai Punin, 1920
Top: The Avant-Garde in Russia, 1910-1930: New Perspectives, Eds., Stephanie Barron and Maurice Tuchman, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, MIT Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1980
Middle: The Shock of the New: Art and the Century of Change, Robert Hughes, British Broadcasting Corporation, London, 1980
Bottom: Art of the October Revolution, Compiler, Mikhail Guerman, Trans., W.Freeman, D.Saunders, C.Binns, Aurora Art Publishers, Leningrad, 1986