Russian cosmism

Г. Острецов. Телескоп. 2011. 11,5х13см. Смеш. техника.
11.06.2011 to 10.07.2011
Ozerkovskaya emb, 26


  • Daria Krotova
  • Georgy Litichevsky
  • Lyudmila Konstantinova
  • Olga Kroitor
  • Sergey Pakhomov
  • Ilya Falkovsky
  • Georgy Ostretsov
  • Anna Khodorkovskaya
  • the group “Elikuka”

Curator: Georgy Ostretsov

Russian Cosmism – is a worldview which has its roots in mythological consciousness, in a mixture of Christianity and paganism. Russian Cosmism, which intentionally positioned itself against West European science and culture, was searching for a way of reconciling the values of traditional society and the dynamics of civilization.

Russian Cosmism, with its belief in the power of the mind, anticipated many scientific approaches, in particular, the modern anthropological principle: the world would not be such as it is if there were no observers – sentient and cognitive beings. Russian Cosmism offered a special method of thinking: there exists knowledge to which we come not through the process of thinking, not under the control of consciousness and will, but by-passing will, through the process of joint survival with other people. Planetary hope was expressed in it: the ideas of universal brotherhood, the “kinship” of people, the succession of the generations united by a “common cause” to solve life’s essential problems, the ideas of moral responsibility, of man’s protective attitude towards nature.

Not one philosophical trend has affected the development of Russian art as Russian Cosmism has. The entire Russian Avant-garde was influenced by the ideas of Fedorov, one of the leaders of this movement! In the context of today, this idea looks extremely utopian, but it generated a wave of radical, revolutionary art. Now the time has come to look afresh at the century that separates us from the inception of this concept, at those global processes that “Russian Cosmism” launched. Having lost its scientific-religious relevance, it lives in art to the present day.