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Synthetic Musician
  • © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
  • Repro: Kai-Annett Becker
    • Iwan Puni (1892 - 1956)

  • TitleSynthetic Musician
  • Date1921
  • CategoryGemälde
  • MaterialÖl auf Leinwand
  • Dimensions145 x 98 cm (Bildmaß), 161,5 x 115,5 x 9,5 cm (Rahmenmaß)
  • Signaturesigniert unten links: "Iwan Puni"
  • Inventory NumberBG-M 5192/92
  • CreditlineErworben aus Spenden und Mitteln der Senatsverwaltung für Kulturelle Angelegenheiten, Berlin, 1991
  • On DisplayYes

After World War I, Berlin became the destination for thousands of artists from Eastern Europe who had fled their homes after the Revolution of 1917. Ivan Puni came to Berlin in 1920 and stayed for three years before finally settling in Paris. In Russia he had organised significant exhibitions of the Russian avant-garde which reflected the transition from Cubism and Futurism to the non-representational art of Suprematism. In Berlin, Puni participated in the legendary First Russian Art Exhibition at the Galerie van Diemen in 1922.

In his “Synthetic Musician”, a Chaplinesque figure created in Berlin, Puni combined a representa-tional idiom with abstract stylistic elements.