Thursday, 8 March 2007

New Films in Series "The Russian Avant-garde"

In addition to the four films already released about the Russian Avant-garde of the 1920s and 30s, Copernicus Films is releasing two further films in the series "The Russian Avant-garde" which are now in post production. "David Burliuk and the Japanese Avant-garde" will be ready for release on DVD in a month. The film charts the work of the Russian futurist David Burliuk in Japan. After he left Russia during the Russian civil war, David Burliuk spent two years in Japan and put on exhibitions in Tokyo, Kyoto and Yokohama. His influence on the growing Japanese futurist movement was immeasurable where he worked with Japanese artists such as Kinoshita and Muramaya. The film features locations in Moscow, Tokyo, Kyoto and a small Island on the Pacific Ocean which Burliuk visited in the manner of Gauguin.

Japanese art was was gradually transformed in the Meiji period of the late 19th century and early 20th century after the Meiji restoration which heralded Japan's entry onto the global stage.

The other film to be released in the series is a film about Kandinsky. This will follow towards the end of spring 2007.