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Autumn Special Interest Day
Russian Art: from royalty to revolution
Marie-Anne Mancio Wednesday 25 October 2017

Three lectures studying the work of Russian Artists including the famous Imperial Easter Eggs by Peter Carl Gustavovich Fabergé; the influence of the Russian Revolution and the introduction of the avant-garde.

Lecture 1:  All That Glitters: Art Before the Revolution

In the years leading up to the Russian Revolution, Tsar Nicholas and his wife Alexandra commissioned a host of extraordinary items for the Alexander Palace at Tsarskoe Selo. Annually, this included the famous Imperial Easter Eggs by Peter Carl Gustavovich Fabergé (1846, St. Petersburg —1920, Lausanne). Discover the history behind some of the most famous eggs and other pieces of jewellery from their origins as Russian royal family gifts to their subsequent fates during the Revolution.

Lecture 2: The Avant-Garde

The Russian Revolution was preceded by a revolution in art when students at the Imperial Academy of Art rebelled against the mythological subjects they were set and started painting the world around them, notably in Ilya Repin's Barge Haulers on the Volga. As artists returned from Paris, having seen the work of Picasso and Matisse, they created their own style: Cubo-Futurism. Explore it through the works of artists like Natalya Goncharova, Liubov Popova and Alexandra Exter.

Lecture 3: The New Revolutionaries

In the early years of the Russian Revolution, the new government adopted the language of avant-garde art. Art education itself was being revolutionised with a battle between the Expressionism of Chagall and the Suprematism of Kasimir Malevich. But once painting itself was declared bourgeois, artists were encouraged to make art with functional applications which led to innovation in poster design, theatre design, and fashion. From the Black Square to Tatlin’s ‘monument without a beard,’ discover what made this period so fascinating and vital.

Only a limited number of tickets remain available at £32 pp (including lunch). These will again be on sale to members immediately prior to our next monthly lecture on 4th October.  Alternatively, to secure a ticket, contact Virginia Jervis direct or E-mail as soon as possible.