If it wasn’t for this scandal in 1910, we would’ve never known art forms like body art
Ever wondered how Body art originated? Body art evolved form the various paintings of the scandalous exhibition ‘Knave Of Diamonds’ that opened in Moscow in December 1910.
The ‘Knave Of Diamonds’ or the ‘Jack Of Diamonds’ is a group of artists that was founded in 1909 and comprised of artists like Robert Falk, Aristarkh Lentulov, Ilya Mashkov, Alexander V. Kuprin, Alexander Osmerkin, Wladimir Burliuk, and Pyotr Konchalovsky. After the exhibition in 1910 the title was adopted by newly formed artistic society in Moscow.
The works of these artists demonstrate their interest in developing the new styles such as Russian Primitivism, Russian Cezanneism, Moscow School of Neo-Primitivism, etc. These styles emerged around the first exhibition as a result of the integration of folk art of the provinces. Other new styles such as performance and body art simultaneously originated from the unlikely blending of European art, Russian folk art and urban folk of the masses in Russia, with the same.
The name ‘Jack Of Diamonds’ was coined by Mikhail Larionov for the exhibition of 1910.
The artistic significance of the members aside, their activities conditioned a qualitative shift in the Russian of the 1910’s. One of the most important changes that took place was the democratisation of the art society in Russia.
Following the exhibition Mikhail Larionov and his followers had a disagreement with the groups ethos and formed a more radical artist group ‘Donkey’s Tail’.Even though shortlived this movement of art still continues to have an influence over artists all across the world even today.