The modern

And this is how we got modern…

Related, at least tangentially, both to Project Runway and to Cubism, is Russian Constructivism. Constructivism was the last and the most influential modern, avant-garde art movement to flourish in Russia in the 20th century. It evolved just as the Bolsheviks came to power in the October Revolution of 1917, and it acted initially as a catalyst for the idealistic hopes and ideas of many of the most accomplished Russian artists who supported the goals of the revolution.

Constructivism borrowed ideas from Cubism, Suprematism, and Futurism, but at its heart was an entirely new approach to art and architecture, seeking to abolish the traditional artistic concern with composition, and to replace it with construction. Constructivism called for a careful technical analysis of modern materials, hoping that this investigation would eventually yield ideas that could be put to use in mass production, serving the welfare of a modern, Communist society.

The influence of Constructivism was pervasive, impacting architecture, graphic and industrial design, theatre, film, dance, fashion, and music, in Russia and beyond.

André Breton, leader of the Surrealist movement which would follow Constructivism, then to be followed by Dada, asserted that art should be revolutionary. In his Surrealist Manifesto, 1924, he wrote, ‘By contrast, the realistic attitude, inspired by positivism, from Saint Thomas Aquinas to Anotole France, clearly seems to me to be hostile to any intellectual or moral advancement. I Ioathe it, for it is made up of mediocrity, hate, and dull conceit. It is this attitude which today gives birth to these ridiculous books, these insulting plays. It constantly feeds on and derives strength from the newspapers, and stultifies both science and art by assiduously flattering the lowest of tastes; clarity bordering on stupidity, a dog’s life.

Revolution – deconstruction – construction…

Cease, to begin anew.

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