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ISSN 0869-5377
Author: Kavtaradze Sergey

Kavtaradze Sergey

Art and architectural historian, lecturer at the Winzavod Centre for Contemporary Art. Address: Bldg 3, 1 4th Syromyatnichesky lane, 105120 Moscow, Russia. E-mail:


The Garden of Russian Culture: a Historiographical Analysis of Contemporary Utopia / Logos. 2014. № 3 (99). P. 265-278
annotation:  The author examines recent events in the cultural life in Moscow from a historian’s point of view. He draws his analysis from three sources which have become “historical” over the course of the past few months. The sources describe an imaginary picture of an accurate, proper reality as seen by a group of proponents of civilization theories. This picture, in turn, fits into an invariant pattern of the etatist utopia that implies the boundedness of the zone in which a social project is realized, the existence of a special world within an isolated historical moment, the urge for quantitative certainty and total mental control over being. However, the inability of proponents of such discourses to create leads them to the idea of eliminating unwanted elements in order to let “proper” culture blossom.
Keywords:  utopia, Russia not Europe, sovereignty of culture, negative creativity, the end of postmodernism
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