Aleksei Gan

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The cover of Konstruktivizm by Aleksei Gan, 1922.

Aleksei Gan (born c. 1889/93/95 - died c. 1940/42)[citation needed] was a Russian art theorist and designer who was a key figure in the development of Constructivism after the 1917 Revolution in Russia. In 1921, together with Alexander Rodchenko and his wife Varvara Stepanova, Gan formed the first Working Group of Constructivists, which rejected fine art in favour of graphic design, photography, posters, and political propaganda.[1] Gan also founded the first Soviet film journal, Kino-Fot (or Kinofot), in 1922.[2]

Gan is believed to have died in a Russian labour camp following one of Joseph Stalin's purges.[citation needed]

Selected works[edit]

  • Konstruktivizm (Constructivism). Tver: Tver'skoe izdatel' stvo, 1923.
  • The Island of the Young Pioneers, 1924. (Documentary)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Rodchenko, Alexander." by Yvonne Jones in The Oxford Companion to Western Art. Oxford Art Online. Oxford University Press. Accessed 10 May 2013.
  2. ^ Petrič, Vlada. (1993) Constructivism in Film: The Man With the Movie Camera : A Cinematic Analysis. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, p. 13. ISBN 0521443873

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