Monument for V Tatlin


Cool fluorescent light

305 cm (120 1/16 in.)

Eight neon tubes point towards the sky like incandescent pipe organs. A luminous tribute to Vladimir Tatlin's proposed design for the Monument to the Third International (1920), Dan Flavin's Monument for V Tatlin builds on its predecessor's bold dynamism and utopian energy. Both a homage and a reinterpretation, it is an iconic work in Flavin's oeuvre and in American Minimalism.

Between 1964 and 1982, Dan Flavin made several sculptures referring Tatlin's project, which was never built. To the 400-meter high revolving spiral that was to be the Monument to the Third International, Flavin opposes a work made with neon tubes purchased off the shelf. His tribute highlights the strong influence Russian Constructivism had on him.

Monument for V Tatlin was first shown in 2006 at the Where Are We Going? exhibition at Palazzo Grassi, in Venice.