25 — 26 November 2011
This is an external event, not affiliated with the Royal Academy of Arts
Kazimir Malevich Architekton in Front of a Skyscraper (Suprematist transformation of New York), Photomontage, 1924, whereabouts unknown. Published in Praesens, No.1, Warsaw 1926
Information about the Courtauld Institute conference 'UTOPIA II: Russian Art and Culture in 1930–1989' can be downloaded here:
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1pm–6pm, Friday 25 November 2011 (registration from 12.30pm)
10am–5.30pm, Saturday 26 November 2011 (registration from 9.30am)
The Courtauld Institute of Art, Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre, London
Following in the footsteps of the conference 'Utopia I: Russian Art and Culture in 1900–1930', held at the Courtauld in May 2011, UTOPIA II is designed as a chronological extension of the themes and topics raised by the notion of utopia as a specifically Russian construct. The period covered in the papers of the conference will span the final half-century of the Soviet regime. Intended as a broad interdisciplinary project, the conference will investigate Soviet notions of utopia and dystopia, through social, artistic, literary and ideological intersections. Potential subjects to be examined in the context of Utopia in Russian art and culture include: philosophy, painting, architecture, town planning, theatre, music, literature, and cinema.
The conference is organised by the Cambridge Courtauld Russian Art Centre (CCRAC) and coincides with the exhibition at the Royal Academy ' Building the Revolution: Soviet Art and Architecture 1915–1935'. Following the conference on Saturday, the Royal Academy will host a special reception that will allow everyone from the conference to see the show.