Mir Iskusstva

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Mir Iskusstva


(World of Art), an illustrated literary and art journal and the organ of the World of Art group and symbolist writers. It was published in St. Petersburg from 1898–99 to 1904; until 1901 it appeared twice a month and from 1901 monthly. The original publishers were Princess M. K. Tenisheva and S. I. Mamontov; in 1900 S. P. Diaghilev, the editor in chief, became the publisher. A. N. Benois was coeditor in 1903, beginning with Number 10.

The journal propounded individualism in art and a gradual acceptance of the international art nouveau style and sought to popularize Russian art of the 18th and early 19th centuries. At the outset the journal devoted much attention to applied art, propagating folk art and handicrafts. The articles by Benois, I. E. Grabar’, Diaghilev, and W. Kandinsky, extracts from the works of R. Muther and J. Meier-Gräfe, reviews of foreign publications, reprints of works displayed at art exhibitions, and reproductions of contemporary Russian and Western European paintings and works of graphic art acquainted readers with contemporary Russian and foreign art. The literary sections, headed by D. V. Filosofov, included religious-philosophical works by D. S. Merezhkovskii, Z. N. Hippius, N. M. Minskii, L. Shestov, and V. V. Rozanov and critical articles by V. la. Briusov and Andrei Belyi, defining to a large extent the aesthetic and literary program of Russian symbolism.

The religious-mystical aspirations and national-messianic hopes of the philosophers and writers were ideologically opposed to the views of those whose concern was art—to their “westernism” and their interest in the Petersburg period of Russian history. After open polemics the Merezhkovskii-Filosofov group left Mir Iskusstva to found their own journal, Novyiput’ (New Path), which appeared in 1903–04.

The journal’s design, created by K. A. Somov, L. S. Bakst, and E. E. Lansere, and the high quality of its reproductions helped raise the general level of artistic taste, one of the group’s main goals. The Chronicle of Events of the Journal “Mir Iskusstva” appeared as a separate publication in 1903.


See (art association). T. I. VOLODINA
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In supporting Diaghilev's efforts to gather together young Russian artists who would break the traditions of academic art, the princess had given over her summer residence Talashkino to the activities of the Mir Iskusstva (Art World) artists' society and financially supported the publication of a magazine of the same name.
The exhibitions staged by the Mir Iskusstva group of artists had also attracted the attention of Austrins.
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Although Diaghilev was not particularly eloquent in print--as Sutton observes, in later life his preferred mode of communication was the necessarily terse telegram--his opening editorial in Mir iskusstva offers insight into the aesthetic outlook of the man who would later mastermind the Ballets Russes.
It is well publicized that Mamontov backed Diaghilev's journal Mir iskusstva, yet Diaghilev also took a lively interest in his productions.
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Diaghilev constantly encouraged new ideas and techniques, first as an art critic and as founder (1898) of the influential journal Mir iskusstva (The World of Art).
In 1904 the huge personality of Sergei Diaghilev (1872-1929) still loomed over the Russian art scene--his Mir Iskusstva (World of Art) journal was published up until that year; and the artists he favoured, including Aleksandr Benois and Konstantin Somov, were at the height of their powers.
The effect, wrote Alexandre Benois in a review, was of "truly unexpected magnificence." There were hundreds of items, many about Diaghilev himself--photographs of him as a boy and as the tired barin of later years, issues of Mir iskusstva ("The World of Art"), the journal he founded at the age of twenty-six-the materials, according to Benois, who knew the impresario well, for a "character study." The following year, as if in response, Lifar published his biography of Diaghilev.
(6) From there she cultivated acquaintances with that great ambassador of Russian art Sergei Diaghilev, and his well-to-do young Mir Iskusstva (World of Art) associates, Alexander Benois, Leon Bakst and Dmitry Filosof.
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