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UNOVIS was an important group of Russian artists.[1] It was taken over by Kazimir Malevich at the Vitebsk Art School in 1919. It started of with a group of students and was called MOLPOSNOVIS. The group developed new idea about art. Once Malevich became the leader they changed their name to UNOVIS. The group only lasted until 1926.[1] UNOVIS stood for "Utverditeli Novovo Iskusstva" which is Russian. In English it meant "affirmers of the new art".[2]

Foundation and growth[change | change source]

The group had many changes. First known as MOLPOSNOVIS, after the school's teachers joined and it became POSNOVIS.[3] In 1920, Malevich was invited them to teach at the school in 1919 by Marc Chagall. In February of the same year Malevich became leader.[1]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "UNOVIS - Affirmers of New Art - Uchrediteli Novogo Iskusstva - УНОВИС - Учредители Нового Искусства". Russian Avant-garde Gallery. Archived from the original on 13 March 2016. Retrieved 16 December 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. Avant-garde Film, eds. Alexander Graf; Dietrich Scheunemann (Amsterdam; New York: Rodopi, 2007), p. 9
  3. R. Bruce Elder, Harmony and Dissent: Film and Avant-garde Art Movements in the Early Twentieth Century (Waterloo, ON: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2008), p. 189