Revolution: Now!

Weekend-long art history and theory course

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  • 25 March 2017, 10am — 5pm
  • 26 March 2017, 10am — 5pm

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Revolution: Russian Art 1917–1932

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Kuzma Petrov-Vodkin, Fantasy, 1925.

Oil on canvas. 50 x 64.5 cm. State Russian Museum, St Petersburg Photo © 2017, State Russian Museum, St Petersburg.

This two-day art history and theory course explores the critical and lasting impact of the Russian Revolution on both artistic practice and individual artists, treating the Revolutionary period not as a historical curiosity but as a time of great innovation and lasting change.

This two-day art history and theory course considers the cultural shifts, radical changes and innovations following the Russian Revolution of 1917. It explores the revolutionary period not as an historical curiosity but through its fundamental and lasting impact on the arts, culture and artists, up to the present day.

The course considers both significant and novel approaches to art that were introduced following the 1917 Revolution. These have continued to persist within contemporary artistic practises, and include, for example:

  • Performance art and artist as performer
  • Interdisciplinary approaches in methods and practice
  • International influences
  • Theories of abstraction, its application and limits

The contemporary decades that followed the revolution saw periods of momentous change with discussion of:

  • Non-conformist art and underground rebellions of the Soviet period of 1960s and 1970s
  • The fall of communism and impact of perestroika: economic and social upheaval and emergence of new perspectives in the 1980s and 1990s
  • The re-emergence on the global stage and international perspectives; resilience and rebellion of the 1990s and 2000s
  • Continued challenges and opportunities for artist throughout 2000s and up to the present day

The fundamental break with the Tsarist regime and the revolution in the arts that swept Russia, along with political, social and economic changes, had radical implications for both Russian and European art more widely. The survival and necessary evolution of the Russian avant-garde through extreme conditions including periods of war, famine and social unrest, gave rise to some of the worlds most radical artistic ideas and movements, with currency well into the 21st century. Its impact is felt up to the present day.

There will be exclusive access to the Revolution: Russian Art 1917-1932 exhibition for course participants only on both the Saturday and Sunday morning from 9-10am. The exhibition is also open to the public until 10pm on Saturday evening.

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  • 25 March 2017, 10am — 5pm
  • 26 March 2017, 10am — 5pm

The Reynolds Room, Royal Academy, Piccadilly

£340. This two-day course will include a course handbook, supporting materials and a visit to the exhibition 'Revolution: Russian Art 1917-1932', followed by expert-led discussion.

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