Ivan Kliun: Landscape Rushing By

Landscape Rushing By, ca. 1914-15, 74 x 58 cm, Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow
(click photo for larger view)

The Russian Avant-Garde artist Ivan Kliun (1873-1943) created this relief as part of his Landscape Rushing By series. The construction was inspired by the fleeting glimpses of landscape, palisades, houses and telephone poles that a passenger may see from the window of a speeding train. It is constructed from layers of wood, porcelain, metal and wire. The piece was first shown in March of 1915 at the "scandalous" avant-garde exhibit Tramway V in Petrograd (St. Petersburg), then again in December that same year at the exhibition titled, 0.10 (Zero-Ten) : The Last Futurist Exhibition of Painting. There is more information below.

Above is a clipping of the Landscape Rushing By piece from the original newspaper story in 1915 about the Tramway V exhibit. What I find interesting about this image is when you compare it to the full color piece above there are some slight differences? 
1. Most obvious is the position of Kliun's initials.
2. The bottom left corner in the clipping has 2 pieces compared to a single piece on the color image.
3. Just shy of the top left corner on the clipping shows light color board, compared to dark on color image. This happens again on the section just above the red circular shape near the center.

Though I am definitely not a Kliun expert, I would assume he may have done a few reliefs for his Landscape Rushing By series, but these two pieces are very similar...so what am I saying? Either he made two pieces that are almost identical (which seems odd), or the piece has been damaged and fix during its long life? Hmm...if anyone out there knows the answer to this please fill us in!

Above left reads: The Last Futurist Exhibition of Painting - 0.10 (Zero-Ten) - Catalog 1915
Above right is a poster announcing the opening of the 0.10 exhibit on December 19, 1915 in Petrograd.

The first floor of this building in St. Petersburg, Russia used to be Madame Nadezhda Dobychina's "Art Bureau", the location of the 0.10 Exhibit. Her private gallery was one of the first to sell avant-garde art in Russia.

Study for Landscape Rushing By, ca.1914-1915, 6.25 x 5.875 in., Christie's (sold for $87,474 in 2004)

Linda S. Boersma's book titled 0.10: The Last Futurist Exhibition of Painting contains in depth detail about the publics reaction to the Futurist's work and their "controversial" shows Tramway V and  0.10. You can access the publication for free on google books here.

The black and white images above are from Boersma's book.

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