Art in the service of the revolution

Free talk

Talks

● Fully booked

Monday 13 March 2017
1 — 2pm

Priority booking for Friends of the RA opens on Thursday 17 November 2016 at 10am. Booking opens to the public on Monday 21 November 2016 at 10am.

Part of our

Revolution: Russian Art 1917–1932

events programme
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Isaak Brodsky, V.I.Lenin and a Demonstration, 1919.

Oil on canvas. 90 x 135 cm. The State Historical Museum, Moscow Photo © Provided with assistance from the State Museum and Exhibition Center ROSIZO. The State Historical Museum, Moscow.

Dr Natalia Murray, co-curator of ‘Revolution: Russian Art 1917-32’, explores how visual art was used to propagate revolutionary and Communist ideas in the aftermath of the Russian revolution.

The Bolshevik Revolution of 1917 aimed to destroy the old bourgeois society and build a new, homogenous socialist state. Overnight becoming the ruling party in Russia, the Bolsheviks aimed to use the power of mass propaganda to establish their founding mythology and disseminate their ideas to an overwhelmingly rural and illiterate population. The leader of the new Bolshevik state, Vladimir Lenin, proclaimed that culture should support political needs, which effectively meant that all culture was now viewed as propaganda. The Bolshevik regime also believed that culture should not be for a privileged minority, but should be of mass appeal, promoting a so-called “proletarian” art.

In this talk Dr Natalia Murray (The Courtauld Institute of Art) looks at the Bolsheviks’ employment of visual art, such as revolutionary slogans and monumental sculpture, for their propaganda and the first expressions of “proletarian” art after the revolution.

Doors open at 12.30pm. Unclaimed seats will be released to those waiting for returns at 12.55pm. No admittance will be granted after 1pm.

● Fully booked

● Cancelled

Monday 13 March 2017

1 — 2pm

The Reynolds Room, Burlington House. Entrance via de Gray Court.

Free, booking required.

Priority booking for Friends of the RA opens on Thursday 17 November 2016 at 10am. Booking opens to the public on Monday 21 November 2016 at 10am.