Article révisé par les pairs
Résumé : The article focuses on a peculiar case of verbal and pictorial intertextuality in the art of Russian conceptualism. It analyses some of the intertextual layers related to Ilya Kabakov’s work The Beetle (1982), which combines verbal and visual art. The Beetle ('Zhuk') showcases a painted image of an insect juxtaposed alongside a stylized Russian “children’s poem”, originally illustrated by the artist. The Beetle’s visual image pointedly alludes to a long line of various historical insect figures and characters beginning with those created by Albrecht Dürer (1505), while the poem establishes some intertextual parallels with the absurdist oeuvre of the Russian Oberiutians, who, in turn, evoke a suggestive series of associations from Kafka to the Bible and vice versa.