Boris Kustodiev - The Bolshevik (1920) - The Tretyakov Gallery

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Russian Art at the time of the Revolution

  • Tuesday 7 November 2017
    (11am - 4.30pm)
  • Brockway Room, Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL
  • Lecturer: Dr Natalia Murray

In London there have been several exhibitions to commemorate the centenary of the Russian Revolution. This Study Day provides an opportunity to specifically look at the art of that time and to focus on a momentous period in Russian history between 1917, the year of the October Revolution, and 1932 when Stalin began his violent suppression of the avant-garde. Looking at the culmination of an artistic revolution, which started before the political one and gave the world such artists as Chagall, Kandinsky, Malevich and Tatlin, we will connect the artistic production of various artistic movements with the political demands of the new Bolshevik Revolution.


Dr Natalia Murray graduated from the Academy of Arts in St. Petersburg before taking the PhD course at the Hermitage. Over the past eight years she has been lecturing on nineteenth- and twentieth-century Russian Art at The Courtauld and at the University of Sussex. She curated Revolution. Russian Art. 1917-1932 at the RA and lead a Society study day, Art at the time of the Revolution, to link with the exhibition. Natalia is also a trustee of the Russian Avant-Garde Research Project.

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