Igor Golomshtok archive

Soviet and British art historian Igor Golomshtok (1929–2017) devoted the majority of his work to the history of world art. Golomshtok’s personal archive was donated to the Research Center for Eastern European Studies at Bremen University in 1996, with the latest materials received at the end of 2018.

The foundation features Golomshtok’s biographical and artistic records: his diaries (1961–1974); handwritten copies of articles and lectures that he read at the Art History department of Lomonosov Moscow State University in the mid-1960s, as well as in Oxford and St. Andrews in the mid- and late 1970s; manuscripts and layouts of his books (Hieronymus Bosch, Paul Cézanne, Contemporary Progressive Art in Capitalist Countries, Totalitarian Art, etc.).

The foundation also contains transcriptions of his public lectures and radio programs he hosted at Radio Svoboda and the BBC, along with materials documenting his work at Kontinent magazine.

A significant part of the archive is composed of Golomshtok’s personal and business correspondence with Soviet and Western artists, art historians, cultural theorists, historians, and representatives of dissident circles. His respondents include Gyuzel Amalrik, George Baley, Boris Birger, Yulia Vishnevskaya, Yuri Gastev, Martin Dewhurst, Robert Conquest, Vladimir Maksimov, Father Alexander Men, Alexander Piatigorsky, Andrei Sinyavsky, Igor Shelkovsky, among many others. Correspondence with Ilya Ehrenburg regarding Golomshtok’s book Picasso co-authored with Andrei Sinyavksy, as well as Ehrenburg and Mikhail Alpatov’s letters to the Znanie publishing house with a positive review of the book, are worth a special mention.

The archive also contains other valuable and noteworthy manuscripts and texts by various authors distributed via “samizdat” and/or published through “tamizdat” sources. Completing the foundation is the collection of books from Golomshtok’s library, featuring exhibition catalogues and art-historical periodicals.

About Igor Golomshtok

Igor Golomshtok (1929, Tver-2017, London) was an art historian, teacher, and radio show host. Graduate of the Moscow Financial Institute (1949), in 1948 he enrolled in the evening department of Art History of the Philological (later, Historical) Faculty of Lomonosov Moscow State University.

Golomshtok worked at the all-Soviet research workshops on restoration of architectural monuments, in the department of traveling exhibitions of the Direction of Art Exhibitions and Panoramas at USSR’s Ministry of Culture, at Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts (1955–1963), before later becoming senior research associate at the All-Soviet Research Institute of Technical Aesthetics.

In 1960, Golomshtok released the book Picasso-the first monograph about the artist published in the Soviet Union, co-authored with Andrei Sinyavsky.

In 1966, he was summoned as a witness in the trial of Andrei Sinyavsky and Yuli Daniel and was sentenced to six months of corrective labor after refusing to testify.

Golomshtok was persecuted for his involvement in the petition campaign launched around the Trial of the Four (1968): with a ban put on his publications, publishing houses terminated contracts with him, while copies of Golomshtok’s book and compilation of articles were destroyed. In 1972 he migrated to London. Golomshtok lectured at St. Andrews, Essex, and Oxford universities. He collaborated with Radio Svoboda and worked at the BBC Russian Service from 1979 to 1989. In 1974–1975 he was executive secretary at Kontinent magazine.

Author of several books, Golomshtok’s most famous work is Totalitarian Art where he provides an analysis of common traits and differences between the art of the Soviet Union, the People’s Republic of China, the Third Reich, and Fascist Italy. Co-authored with Alexander Glezer, in 1977 he released the book Unofficial Art from the Soviet Union about Soviet nonconformist artists.

The materials of the foundation were processed in 2016, with the latest acquisitions received in 2018 still being processed.

Search the collection
All collections

Smolensk Archive: A Different Local History, Russia

  • The Collection of Smolensk Archive: A Different Local History

The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow, Russia

  • Nikolai Nasedkin archive
  • Documents of Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts Projects
  • Documents of the Siberian branch of Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts projects
  • Leonid Bazhanov Collection

Tikhaya Studio, Nizhny Novgorod, Russia

  • Tikhaya Studio Archive

Victoria Gallery, Samara, Russia

  • Victoria gallery archive

Yeltsin Center

  • Marina Sokolovskaya Archive

Centre for Culture CC19

  • Centre for Culture CC19 Archive

Nizhniy Tagil State Museum of Fine Arts

  • Nizhny Tagil Museum of Fine Arts Archive
  • Nizhny Tagil Artists’ Foundation

Togliatti Museum of Fine Art, Russia

  • Togliatti Museum of Fine Arts archive

Museum of contemporary art PERMM

  • Museum of contemporary art “PERMM” foundation

Archive of Contemporary Art in Krasnodar Krai

  • Archive of Contemporary Art in Krasnodar Krai
  • Sochi Art Scene Archive

Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Russia

  • Alexander Kamensky archive
  • Alexei Shchusev archive (The Archive of the All‑Russia Agricultural and Artisanal Industrial Exhibition)
  • Andrei Erofeev archive
  • The archive of Artem Loskutov and the action Monstration
  • Georgy Kursanov Achive
  • Margarita Masterkova‑Tupitsynа and Viktor Agamov‑Tupitsyn archive
  • Muza Yegorova (Yegorova‑Troitskaya) archive
  • Serge Sédrac archive
  • Tatiana Volkova archive
  • Francisco Infante‑Arana Archive
  • Art Activism archive
  • Archive of the New Drama movement (1990–2010s)
  • Open Systems project
  • Archive of Prewar Soviet Periodical Literature About Japanese Contemporary Art
  • Garage Video Documentation
  • Garage Museum of Contemporary Art institutional archive
  • Garage Interviews
  • Sergei Gordeev Book Collection
  • L Gallery archive
  • Art Projects Foundation archive
  • Andrei Khlobystin archive
  • Vadim Zakharov archive
  • Viktor Pivovarov archive
  • Vladislav Mamyshev‑Monroe archive
  • Vyacheslav Kuristyn library
  • George Kiesewalter archive
  • Elena Kovylina archive
  • Igor Makarevich archive
  • Igor Palmin archive
  • Joseph Backstein archive
  • Irina Aktuganova and Sergey Busov archive
  • Leonid Talochkin archive
  • Mikhail Nazarov archive
  • Garage Museum of Contemporary Art archive
  • Nina Zaretskaya (TV Gallery) archive
  • Sergey Chubraev archive
  • Stanislav Savitski archive
  • Garage Center for Contemporary Culture
  • Moscow Pallete Gallery archive
  • Shkola Gallery archive
  • Street art archive
  • Trips Out of Town archive and MANI Buchgalterium Anthology
  • Moscow Art Magazine archive
  • Boris Sveshnikov Archive
  • Vasily Sitnikov archive
  • Vladimir Nemukhin Archive
  • Vladimir Supik Archive
  • Ivan Sotnikov Archive
  • Igor Mukhin Archive
  • Igor Pyatkin archive
  • Lena Popova Archive
  • Lyalya Kuznetsova Archive
  • Olga Danilkina archive
  • Archive of Sergey Borisov
  • Sofya Adlivankina Archive
  • Meyerhold Center Archive
  • Archive of Evgenii Garkusha’s project I Am Not An Artist
  • Andrei Monastyrski's video diary
  • Inclusive Practices in Culture
  • Artist's book. Thematic selection of the Garage Museum
  • Anthologies of the Moscow Archive of New Art (MANI)
  • XL Gallery archive
  • Galeev Gallery Archive
  • Vlad Chizhenkov archive
  • Gennady Prikhodko collection
  • Lyubov Gurevich Archive
  • Margarita Gromova archive
  • Natalia Ovsyannikova Archive
  • Natalia Samkova archive
  • Oleg Karavaichuk Archive
  • Navicula Artis Gallery Archive
  • Aidan Gallery archive
  • Factory of Found Clothes Group/FFC archive

The Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University, USA

  • Moscow Archive of New Art

The Research Centre for East European Studies (Forschungsstelle Osteuropa), Germany

  • Boris Groys and Natalya Nikitina archive
  • Igor Golomshtok archive

Contemporary Art of Yakutia Archive

  • Contemporary Art of Yakutia Archive
  • Collections
  • Persons
  • Keywords
  • Type of entry
  • Place
  • Time span
Igor Golomshtok archive
Clear all