Tiflis, . 1 leaf. 36x15 cm. Folded in four. The contemporary pencil notes suggest that the leaflet was in use during the meetings of the club.
The emblem of the peacock by Boris Ryabov, the art critic and the historian of architecture. The leaflet includes the ‘March of the peacock’, a song written by the poet Sergei Gorodetskiy (1884-1967) for the ‘intimate cabaret for the art public’ that opened in Tiflis in 1918. Gorodetskiy who has moved to Tiflis in 1917 and became one of the key figures in ‘transforming Tiflis into Paris’ by setting up literary groups, participating in the performances, collaborating with the local poets and playwrights.
The short-lived ‘Tail of the peacock’ was one of his first attempts to gather the like-minded audience around himself, it was followed by the famous Factory of Poets’. It has opened on 14th of April, 1914. The group was led by theatre critic Yakov Lvov, opera singer Tatiana Odra and Gorodetsky himself. The club existed for few months, the debates were held on erotica in art, Rimsky-Korsakov, disputes on symbolism etc.
Despite being closer to the symbolist part of the town, Gorodetskiy has collaborated with Kirill Zdanevich on many occasions, including when Kirill has painted the theatre ‘Argonauts rook led by Gorodetskiy in 1918.
This is a very unusual and rare example of ephemera from the period when Tiflis was considered the cultural oasis, printed for the number of participants for the evening.