Born in Bagdadi, Georgia
Moves to Moscow
Joins Bolshevik faction of the Russian Social Democratic
His third arrest leads to imprisonment at the Butyrki Prison
for six months
Enters Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture, and Architecture
Meets David Burliuk, organizer
of the budetlanye and whom Mayakovsky calls, in his autobiography,
"my real teacher."
Futurist manifesto Slap
in the Face of Public Taste is published, containing
Mayakovsky's first two published poems: "Night" and "Morning."
Mayakovsky and Futurists
in their modish costumes travel through the provinces
spreading the good word about the avant-garde.
Mayakovsky's first collection appears
Vladimir Mayakovsky: A Tragedy staged in Moscow
Mayakovsky writes "And Could You"
Meets Lily and Osip
Brik, begins affair with Lily which lasts until 1928
Writes and publishes Cloud in Trousers and Backbone Flute,
in which Lily Brik plays the femme fatale
and publishes War and Peace
Writes "To His
Beloved Self "
Founds Left Front of Art with Osip Brik
Stages Mystery Bouffe, directed by
and publishes lyric "Being Good to Horses"
work on newspaper Art of the Commune
Writes narrative of revolution 150,000,000
creating propaganda posters for Rosta, the Russian State
Telegraph Agency (see left)
Writes and publishes "About That," a love
poem dedicated to Lily Brik (see right)
journal Lef with Brik, Aseev, Arvatov, Tretyakov,
Writes and publishes Vladimir Ilych Lenin
Lef goes under
to the United States, visiting New York, Chicago, and Detroit,
writes and publishes Verses about America including
the epic "Brooklyn Bridge." Also travels to Mexico
Writes and publishes Talking with the Taxman about Poetry,
a critique of Soviet philistinism, the result of the New
Lef is reborn as Novyi lef with a new concentration
on documentary art and the "literature of the fact"
published collected works appear in Moscow
Joins RAPP, the association of proletarian writers that
came to dominate art in the 1930s.
"At the Top of my Voice"
reading interrupted by students, he is shouted off the stage
suicide April 14. Funeral Procession and ceremony draw 30,000
people, Tatlin designs the catafalque to bear Mayakovsky
through Moscow streets.
Stalin sanctifies Mayakovsky as poet of revolution, Triumphal
Square renamed Mayakovsky Square (see left)
Published volume of Lily Brik's and Mayakovsky's correspondence