Avděj Ter-Oganjan – The Museum of a Russian futurist

The publication is based on the accompanying catalogue to the retrospective exhibition of the avant-garde artist Avdey Ter-Oganyan titled Fucked Up (or ‘The Museum of a Russian Futurist’), which was mounted in 2013 in the Prague tranzitdisplay gallery.

The book may be perceived as a component and continuation of the exhibition, while it also contains everything that falls under the term ‘retrospective’. The text part of the book contains interviews, receptions and previously unpublished texts. The main, pictorial part of the book chronologically delineates the individual periods of Ter-Oganyan’s work and some also constitute documentation of artistic happenings. The book finds the protagonist at the moment when he is considering the slowly flowing tragedy of being, in which no one feels the urgent need to set oneself basic tasks, formal politeness is balanced by the degree of accessibility of grass and the moving pictures of film replace the dead manuscripts of superfluous artistic figures.