Cosmist Artists for Peace

Monday 25 April 4pm - Tuesday 26 April 6.30pm

As part of the Performers for Peace fundraising event for Ukrainian refugees, Rudolf Steiner House will host Cosmist artists for peace.

The exhibition will be open from 10 April to 26 April. Russian Cosmism is a philosophical and aesthetic movement which formed in Russia at the turn of the 20th century and united thinkers, scholars, artists and all those who believed in the inevitable overcoming of the habitual confines on man's everyday life and in the imminent breakthrough into the outer dimensions. They attempted to find a synthesis between science, art and spirituality. The first ideologist of Cosmism was Nikolai Fedorov who regarded the Universe as the future home for a united and transformed humankind. Having incorporated certain mystical and religious revelations, scientific and engineering discoveries, and avant-garde art solutions, Cosmism has become an embodiment of some deep-going traits of Russian mentality.

The exhibition will feature artworks from Sergei Shutov, Konstantin Batynkov, Igor Shelkovsky, Viacheslav Koleichuk, Gor Chakhal, and the other masters to be presented have long been recognized as outstanding artists. They are carrying on their own dialogue, intended or spontaneous, with the past masters of Cosmism. Gor Chakhal confronts the viewer with the problem of faith for which nothing is impossible. In the works by Konstantin Batynkov the Earth itself is presented as a UFO where some strange sort of life seems to be unable to complete the process of self-identification. It should be mentioned that each of the participating artists has written an authorial commentary for his work.

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