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Aleksei Gan’s Constructivism and its Aftermath

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Aleksei Gan (?1889/93-1940/42) was one of the main theoreticians of Russian Constructivism, which in the 1920s tried to create a new art for the new proletarian society. In his manifesto like book Constructivism (1922) Gan vigorously attacked all forms of traditional, 'bourgeois' art and proclaimed mass produced industrial art. Although Russian Constructivism was based on purely Marxist ideas, the Soviet authorities neither liked nor understood it. In the 1930s Socialist Realism became the official and obligatory doctrine for all forms of art in the Soviet Union.

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