Lectures

UPCOMING EVENTS:

TALK: Sofya Dymshits-Tolstaya and Lyubov Popova

Lyubov Popova, Space-Force Construction. Courtesy of Royal Academy.

Lyubov Popova, Space-Force Construction. Courtesy of Royal Academy.

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.

This talk by Theodora Clarke examines the work of these important female artists, who were equal to their male contemporaries in the Soviet Union, within this intriguing period of artistic and political evolution in Russia.

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

https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/event/sofya-dymshits-tolstaya-and-lyubov-popova-in-gallery-talk

PANEL: The Soviet State and the Avant-Garde

Kazimir Malevich, Dynamic Suprematism Supremus, c. 1915. Courtesy of the Royal Academy.

Kazimir Malevich,
Dynamic Suprematism Supremus, c. 1915. Courtesy of Royal Academy.

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

https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/event/the-soviet-state-and-the-avant

 

 

 

NADFAS: LECTURE TITLES

Repin, Tolstoy, 1901

Repin, Tolstoy, 1901

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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Rublev, circa 1360-1430

Rublev, c. 1360-1430

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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Eriksen, Catherine the Great, 1762

Eriksen, Catherine the Great, 1762

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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Repin, Barge Haulers on the Volga, 1873

Repin, Barge Haulers on the Volga, 1873

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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Ballets Russes programme 1936

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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Picasso, Costume for Parade

Picasso, Costume design

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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Goncharova, Peasants Gathering Grapes, 1911

Goncharova, Gathering Grapes

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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Alexandra Exter, Costume design

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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Chagall, White Crucifixion, 1938

Chagall, White Crucifixion, 1938

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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Chagall, I and the Village

Chagall, I and the Village

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, 1939

MoMA, 1939

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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Malevich, Painterly Realism 1915

Malevich, Painterly Realism 1915

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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Matisse, The Dance, 1910

Matisse, The Dance, 1910

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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Yellow-Red-Blue (1925)

Kandinsky, Yellow-Red-Blue 1925

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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Ballets Russes programme 1936

Ballets Russes programme 1936

Russian Art Study Day

The study day includes three lectures on:

  1. Origins of Art in Russia: From the Icon to the Wanderers
  2. Russia and the West: Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes
  3. Introduction to the Russian Avant-Garde

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Theodora has previously lectured at institutions including:

 

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