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Monument to the Third International
Flavin directly approached the genre of the monument in his large series, "monuments" for V. Tatlin, named for the artist Vladimir Tatlin (1885-1953). Tatlin was influential in post-1917 Russia, where he sought to use his art to uphold the utopian ideals of the revolution. Flavin was especially struck by Tatlin’s famous Monument to the Third International (1919-1920)—a project for a colossal, tilted iron tower surrounded by two spirals, containing rotating geometric glass halls. Never built, Tatlin’s monument became a symbol for ambitious yet unrealized utopian dreams.
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