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Forthcoming exhibition at the British Library

3rd November 2007

Please find details of an exhibition and events at the British Library some
with a Russian theme or link.

Regards
Andrew

BREAKING THE RULES:

The Printed Face of the

European Avant Garde 1900-1937

9th November 2007-30th March 2008

Pearson Gallery, British Library

Admission Free

The British Library�s major exhibition, �Breaking the Rules: The Printed
Face of the European Avant Garde 1900-1937� explores the creative
transformation which took place in Europe during the first four decades of
the 20th century � a revolution which encompassed visual art, design,
photography, literature, theatre, music and architecture. Each style is
traditionally regarded as a movement in itself but for the first time they
are brought together to explore common themes and the creative
transformation which took place at the time as well as its continuing
impact on contemporary culture.

Traditionally associated with Paris or Berlin, �Breaking the Rules�
explores the rapid exchange of ideas that ease of train travel around
Europe made possible. This movement of people led to the presence of the
Avant Garde in many European cities – London, Brussels, Munich, Zurich,
Vienna, Florence, Milan, Rome, Barcelona, Madrid, Copenhagen, Warsaw,
Kracow, Prague, St Petersburg, Moscow, Kharkiv, Kyiv, Tbilisi, Belgrade,
Bucharest and Budapest.

The Avant Garde was characterised by its exploitation of the printed
medium and �Breaking the Rules� draws upon the British Library�s
unrivalled collections of artists� books, manifestos, little magazines,
photobooks, literary manuscripts, sound recordings and posters, from
across Europe, complemented with loans from other European museums and
collections.

Star items include Marinetti�s futurist experiment with words, type and
visual text, Zang Tumb Tuum, the Burliuk Brothers Tango with Cows, the
notebooks and corrected proofs of James Joyce�s Finnegan�s Wake, the
earliest known recording of T.S. Eliot reading The Waste Land, recorded at
Columbia University in 1933 and never commercially published. and excerpts
from a British Library oral history interview with poet David Gascoyne in
which Gascoyne recalls his experiences of the Surrealist group in Paris in
1935. Gascoyne�s manuscript journal will also be on display.

The visual qualities of text are illustrated through the artists�
manifestos printed in newspapers, little magazines, �livres d�artistes�,
Apollinaire�s calligrammes, Russian futurist ferro-concrete poetry and
inexpensive artists� books made from wallpaper, collage, rubber stamps,
and stencils. Cubist painting and printmaking took fragments � physical
or pictorial � of the newspaper or the ephemeral printed bottle label back
into the surface of painting, whilst Schwitters� Dadaist paintings
recycled tram tickets and other ephemera from ordinary life. The
relationship of text to sound is also explored including
Lissitsky/Mayakovsky�s �For the Voice�. The photographs and films from
Brassai and Vertov amongst others providing contemporary documentation of
the cities and key individuals of the period.

For further press information contact Anna Arthur at Anna Arthur PR on:

020 7637 2994 or [removed]

Notes for editors:

� The curator for Breaking the Rules is Dr Stephen Bury, Head of European
and American Collections. He studied Modern History at Balliol College,
Oxford, 1972-5 and won the H.W.C. Davis University History Prize in 1973.
He was Librarian of Chelsea School of Art 1985-2000. He has published
widely on 20th and 21st century art, including �Artists� Books� (1995) and
�Artists� Multiples� (2001), contributed to the Oxford Dictionary of
National Biography (2004) and has written regularly for �Art Monthly�
since 1997. Whilst at Chelsea School of Art, he taught on the MA History
and Theory of Modern Art and he continues to supervise PhD students.
Stephen is Chair of the Board of Book Works and on the Board of Matt�s
Gallery, London.

� Gateway to Europe: In November 2007 Eurostar will transfer its London
terminal from Waterloo to St Pancras. The arrival of Eurostar will
generate and additional 9 million European travellers to the area each
year.

� �Avant Garde� � a French term meaning front guard, advance guard, or
vanguard � refers to people or works that are novel or experimental,
particularly with respect to arts, culture and politics. The term
encompasses a variety of artistic styles including Expressionism, Cubism,
Futurism, Dadaism, Suprematism, Constuctivism and Surrealism.

� The exhibition at the British Library is open from 9 November 2007 to 30
March 2008, open every day. Admission is free. Exhibition hours are:
Monday, Wednesday-Friday 09.30-18.00, Tuesday 09.30-20.00, Saturday
09.30-17.00, Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays 11.00-17.00. All galleries
are accessible by wheelchair. Information can be requested from Visitor
Services staff on 020 7412 7332. For further information about the
British Library and its exhibitions please see www.bl.uk

� Events:. www.bl.uk/breakingtherules for further details

Friday 9 November

19.00 � 22.30 (performances start at 20.00)

THE FUTURE OF SOUND

Monday 12 November

19.00 � 21.30 (screening starts at 20.00)

�STRIKE� BY SERGEI EISENSTEIN

WITH A NEW SCORE BY ED HUGHES PERFORMED BY THE NEW MUSIC PLAYERS

in the Entrance Hall

Wednesday 14 November

13.00-14.15

�STIMMUNG� BY KARL HEINZ STOCKHAUSEN

FREE MUSIC PERFORMANCE

in the Entrance Hall

Thursday 15 November

19.00 � 22.30 (performances start at 20.00)

WEIRD AND WONDERFUL

EXPLORING AVANT GARDE MUSIC PERFORMANCE PAST AND PRESENT

Friday 16 November

18.30-22.30

in the Entrance Hall

LOCOMOTION: ARTISTS' FILM AND THE RAILWAY

Monday 3 December

18.30-20.00

WHAT HAPPENED TO THE AVANT GARDE?

in the Conference Centre

A.S. Byatt, Gabriel Josipovici and others lead the debate.

Wednesday 12 December

18.30 – 20.00

AN EVENING WITH KEN CAMPBELL

in the Conference Centre

� Exhibition Catalogue � this book describes and illustrates the printed
work of Avant Garde poets and artists � their manifestos, poetry,
magazines, artists� books and photography. The book also features articles
by library curators on 30 European and Russian cities, describing their
particular significance to the Avant Garde, and featuring the artists that
lived and worked there.

� Hardback �25.00 Paperback �15.95

� Learning Programme � an inspiring and inclusive Learning programme for
schools and young people will accompany Breaking the Rules. The programme
will include drama, literature, fine art, photography and creative writing
elements tailored to different age-groups and abilities. The principal
focus will be on with working with secondary students. Drawing inspiration
from the avant-garde movement across a range of art forms, students will
be encouraged to innovate and challenge artistic boundaries in order to
better understand the creative, political and conceptual underpinnings of
the avant-garde. All workshops, activities and study days will be free of
charge, but must be booked in advance

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