The Museum of Avant-garde

Iliazd (Ilia Zdanevich)

Georgia (1894—1975)
Ilia Zdanevich or simply Iliazd started to frequent the Russian avant-garde salons at very early age. He wrote a monograph about Goncharova and Larionov, and about Marinetti and Futurism, Zaum and Dada. During WWI he wrote a number of poems in Zaum style and joined Futurist group 41° with Kruchenykh. Following the October revolution, he emigrated to France and he wrote his first novel Parizhachi and few years later Voskhischchenie (Rapture). In Paris Iliazd was close to Tristan Tzara, with whom he worked on the Soirée du coeur à barbe and The Gas Heart at the Michel Theatre. Lidantiu faram was published as a collection of poems in Zaum style. He dedicated himself to many artists books, and after WWII he published a collection of poems illustrated by Arp, Braque, Chagall, Giacometti, Léger, Matisse, Miró, Picasso among others.