READING – Manifesto: Towards a Free Revolutionary Art

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READING - Manifesto: Towards a Free Revolutionary Art

We’ve decided to start reading art manifestos in full and providing light commentary. First up, of course, is 1938’s Towards a Free Revolutionary Art ghostwritten by Leon Trotsky, signed by Diego Rivera and André Breton. Trotsky was one of the leaders of the Russian revolution, he was famously forced to flee to Mexico. Thanks to funding from the American communist party, he was able to stay near Rivera and Frida Kahlo, but was eventually assassinated there. The manifesto denounces both fascism and Stalinism, and is a seminal text to the history of Muralism and Surrealism/Dada.

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For more robust context check out Bad Art World’s intro to Revolutionary Art:

The theme song of this episode is “Media” from The Ann Steel Album