World

A developing consciousness of interconnectedness—along with the increasing mobility of artists, who created international networks of people and ideas—projected modernist work into the world. Avant-garde movements developed virally, through international networks. This sense of international discovery fed artists’ imaginations. Blaise Cendrars’s La Prose du Transsibérien et de la petite Jehanne de France is characteristic in this respect. The poet describes a trip on the Trans-Siberian Railway, a fantastic journey around half of the globe that keeps folding back to Paris. The map of Russia with the railroad above the title places the whole poem under the spell of this globetrotting discovery. Furthermore, the modernist magazine, a collective endeavor, often presents art and literature from different countries, sometimes in more than one language. Magazines circulated around the world and facilitated contact among artists, functioning as material traces of virtual networks. 

Max Beckmann, German, 1884–1950
Der Zeichner in Gesellschaft (The Draftsman in Society), 1922
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Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, German, 1884–1976
Frau auf Teppich (Woman on a Carpet), 1915
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Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, German, 1880–1938
Two Bathing Girls, 1925
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Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, German, 1880–1938
The Singer, 1911
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Erich Heckel, German, 1883–1970
Self-portrait, 1917
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George Grosz, German, 1893–1959
I am the Prophet, ca. 1923
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Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, German, 1880–1938
Ausstellung von Künstlergruppe Brücke im Kunstsalon Fritz Gurlit, Berlin: 1912
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Giacomo Balla, Italian, 1871 - 1958
Vortex with Radiations, 1913–14
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Umberto Boccioni, Italian, 1882–1916 Edited by Herwarth Walden, German, 1879–1941
Der Sturm, vol. 7, no. 6 (September 1916), Berlin: 1916
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Franz Marc, German, 1880–1916 Edited by Herwarth Walden, German, 1879–1941
Der Sturm, vol. 3, no. 125/126 (September 1912), Berlin: 1912
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Edited by: Wyndham Lewis, English, 1882–1957
Blast, no. 2: War Number (July 1915), London: 1915
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El Lissitzky, Russian, 1890 - 1941
About Two Squares: A Suprematist Tale in Six Constructions, Berlin: 1922
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Alexsei Kruchenykh, Russian, 1886–1968 Kasimir Malevich, Russian, 1879–1935
Porosiata, Saint Petersburg: 1913
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Edited by Hugo Ball, German, 1886–1927
Cabaret Voltaire, Zürich: 1916
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Edited by Tristan Tzara, Romanian, 1896–1963
Dada: Recueil littéraire et artistique, no. 6: Bulletin Dada (February 1920), Paris: 1920
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Edited by Tristan Tzara, Romanian, 1896–1963
Dada: Recueil littéraire et artistique, no. 3 (December 1918), Zurich: 1918
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Edited by Tristan Tzara, Romanian, 1896–1963
Le Coeur à barbe: journal transparent, Paris: 1922
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Francis Picabia, French, 1878–1953 Published by: Alfred Stieglitz, American, 1864–1946
291, no. 5/6 (July/August 1915), New York: 1915
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Blaise Cendrars, French, 1887–1961 Sonia Delaunay, French, 1885–1979
La Prose du Transsibérien et de la petite Jehanne de France, Paris: 1913
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