Kseniya Boguslavskaya

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Kseniya Boguslavskaya on the 0.10 Exhibition
Ivan Puni Velemir Khlebnikov reads poetry to Kseniya Boguslavskaya, 1915

Kseniya (or Ksenia) Boguslavskaya (Russian: Ксения Богуславская, 1892–1972) was a Russian avant-garde artist (Futurist, Suprematist) poet and interior decorator. Her husband Ivan Puni was also a notable painter. She seems to be the originator of the Mavva (symbol of the World Evil) in poems of Velemir Khlebnikov.

In 1914 together with Puni she published the cubo-futurist booklet Roaring Parnas.

In 1915 Boguslavskaya joined the Supremus group of avant-garde artists (Liubov Popova, Nadezhda Udaltsova, Varvara Stepanova, Aleksandra Ekster, Ivan Kliun, Nina Genke-Meller, Ivan Puni and others) that was led by the founder of Suprematism Kazimir Malevich.

In 1915-1916 with other artists (Suprematists) she worked in the Verbovka Village Folk Centre in the Ukrainian province near Kiev.

She was a member of Jack of Diamonds (1919) and Mir iskusstva (1916–1918).

In 1919 she and Puni escaped from the Soviets across the ice of the Gulf of Finland.

In 1919 to 1923 she lived in Berlin working as a scene designer for cabaret Blue Bird and for Russian Romantic Theater. There, she established ties with the International Futurists, including poet Ruggero Vasari, Puni and Kārlis Zāle.[1]

After 1923 she lived in Paris.


  1. ^ International Yearbook of Futurism Studies. edited by Günter Berghaus. 2011, Volume 1; Volume 2011