The Internationale of Automobile Salons and the Hagiography of Revolution. Mieczysław Szczuka at the Crossroads of New Art
Authors: Czekalski, Stanisław; Weikop, Alicja
Source: Art In Translation, Volume 4, Number 2, June 2012 , pp. 211-244(34)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Journals (formerly Berg Journals)
Abstract:Czekalski analyzes the oeuvre of the Polish avant-garde artist and leader of Polish Constructivism Mieczysław Szczuka (1898‐1927) within the artistic and ideological contexts of the time. The essay outlines the progress of Szczuka’s short career, which is divided into three parts: (I) 1920‐23, (II) 1924‐25, and (III) 1926‐27. The central theme is the tension between artistic commitment to the ideology of communist revolution and the idea of reorganization of social life according to the principles of economic efficiency. It is shown how Szczuka was torn between the communist party and Western corporations, between political campaigns and automotive commercials.
Keywords: Blok; Constructivism; El Lissitzky; Fordism; Mieczysław Szczuka; Polish avant-garde; Proun; Red Artintern; Suprematism; Tatlin; Taylorism; Union of Progressive Artists for Eastern Europe; Warsaw; automobile salons; communist revolution and art
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 2012-06-01
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