TALK: Sofya Dymshits-Tolstaya and Lyubov Popova
Art Historian Theodora Clarke examines works by leading artists in the Russian avant-garde, Sofya Dymshits-Tolstaya and Lyubov Popova, in this in-gallery talk at the Royal Academy celebrating International Women’s Day 2017.
In-gallery talk part of the Royal Academy’s ‘Revolution: Russian art’ programme to coincide with their current exhibition.
Wednesday 8 March 2017 2.30 — 3pm
PANEL: The Soviet State and the Avant-Garde
Professor Christina Lodder and writer Konstantin Akinsha explore the complex relationship between the Soviet leadership and the avant-garde art movement in Russia between 1917-32, in a discussion chaired by art historian Theodora Clarke.
Friday 7 April 2017 6.30 — 7.30pm
NADFAS: LECTURE TITLES
Art in Russia: From Icons to Wanderers
This lecture provides and insight into major artists such as Andrei Rublev, frescoes in the Kremlin cathedral in Moscow, and the famous 19th century group The Wanderers.
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Russian and Soviet Art: From Icons to Socialist Realism
This lecture offers an introduction to the major movements and artists of 20th century Russian art and places the various ‘isms’ of the avant-garde within a wider cultural context.
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Imperial Patronage: The Art Collection of Catherine the Great
This lecture discusses the recent exhibition of Houghton Revisited in Norfolk. The magnificent art collection of Great Britain’s first Prime Minister, Sir Robert Walpole, was sold to Catherine the Great, and has become one of the highlights of the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg.
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Russian Art in the Age of Tolstoy
In this lecture we examine Russian Realism in the nineteenth century through portraiture, landscape and history painting.
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Art on Stage: Diaghilev & the Ballets Russes
This lecture introduces Russian and twentieth century art through the work of Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes.
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Masters of the Ballets Russes: Chagall, Picasso & Matisse
This lecture offers an introduction to three artistic titans: Picasso, Chagall, and Matisse, and their work in conjunction with Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes.
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Revolutionary Russia: The Avant-Garde & Visual Culture
This lecture offers an introduction to an intriguing period of artistic and political evolution in Russia.
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Female Artists of the Avant-Garde
This lecture will discuss the role of the major female artists who contributed to the development of early 20th century Russian art.
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Marc Chagall: Art and Religion
Considered the most foremost Jewish artist of the twentieth century, this lecture explores his use of Yiddish and Biblical imagery.
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Art in Exile: Chagall and the Avant-Garde
This lecture will explore the challenges Chagall faced as an artist in pre-Revolutionary Russia, and his experience after his move to Paris.
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MoMA & Alfred Barr: The Founding of the Museum of Modern Art in New York
In this lecture we reveal the story of the rise of modern art in America and of the man responsible for its triumph: Alfred Barr.
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Russian Art and Twentieth Century Modernism
This lecture offers an introduction to the various ‘isms’ of the Avant-Garde with artists such as Malevich, Tatlin, Lissitzky, Goncharova, Rodchenko and Popova.
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Masterpieces of the Hermitage: Matisse & Modernism
At the turn of the twentieth century the Russian textile merchant Sergei Shchukin became Henri Matisse’s greatest patron and amassed the largest collection of the artist’s works in the world. This lecture will follow Shchukin’s role as Matisse’s patron from their first meeting in 1906 until the artist’s famous visit in the autumn of 1911 to his patron’s house in Moscow.
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Kandinsky and the Rise of Abstraction
This lecture examines the development of abstract art through the work of the major artist and aesthetic theorist Wassily Kandinsky. We will trace Kandinsky’s artistic development from representational art to abstraction.
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Russian Art Study Day
The study day includes three lectures on:
- Origins of Art in Russia: From the Icon to the Wanderers
- Russia and the West: Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes
- Introduction to the Russian Avant-Garde
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Theodora has previously lectured at institutions including: