1 The Department of Aestethics and Culture - Interdisciplinary Aesthetic Studies, Faculty of Humanities, Aarhus University, Aarhus University
In recent years, the unofficial culture of the Soviet Union is becoming official and material hidden in official Soviet and unofficial private archives is now resurfacing; Russian modern cultural history is being (re-)written. In this process, the active preservation and revaluation of the past by the unofficial artists is important. As a member of the Moscow Conceptualist School (1970-90), Vadim Zacharov documented and collected material on this group of unofficial Moscow artists in a personal archive. Thus, the artist becomes an archivist, but the archive is also turned into art. In this article, the author shows how the early Russian utopian avant-garde is being re-valued and re-actualized in this process. While the early avant-garde's utopian goal was to create an ideal artwork out of life, Zacharov creates a (utopian) space between the official and the private archive, in which the spectator can actively participate in the co-writing of art history.
Nordisk Oestforum, 2006, Vol 20, Issue 3, p. 299-316