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VKhUTEMAS collection, 1920-1929

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VKhUTEMAS Collection

Scope and Content of Collection

The VKhUTEMAS collection documents the work of some students and faculty members in attendance at the Higher State Artistic and Technical Workshops in Moscow from 1920 - 1929. Examples in this collection, predominantly works on paper, are from assignments in color theory, portraiture, still life, printmaking, graphic design, textile design and ceramics. Also included are photographs, a number of books, eleven oil paintings, three woodblocks, two pieces of porcelain, five school newspapers and several administrative documents.

Guiding the organization of the collection is the dealer's inventory, which arranges artwork alphabetically by artist's name and by size of item regardless of medium. It also assigns each item an identification number, showsattribution of work, dates, and provenance. This number displays in brackets for each item. The one divergence from the dealer's inventory is in the spelling of artist's names. For accuracy and consistency in the spelling of names, the text of S. O. Khan-Magomedov (VHUTEMAS: Moscou, 1920-1930, 2 vols., Paris: Editions du Regard, 1990) has been utilized.

Viktor Kholodkov, who left the Soviet Union in 1989, purchased this collection directly from the artists or their families.

Arrangement note

The collection is organized in two series:
Series I. School and student documentation;
Series II. Artwork

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