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15 Jul 2013 - 19 Jul 2013

Summer Course: Art and Revolution: East European Art from 1917-1989

The Courtauld Institute of Art presents this course as part of their Summer School 2013 at the Summerset House. The course, entitled 'Art and Revolution: East European Art from 1917-1989' offers a survey of modern and contemporary art from the former Soviet Union and the Central European Soviet satellites. Part of the course will focus on exploring relevant writings by key dissidents including Václav Havel.

The course is part of Summer School 2013
A variety of week-long intensive art history courses at one of the word’s leading Institutes for the study of art history and conservation. Open to everyone over the age of 18.

Course 15: Art and Revolution: East European Art from 1917-1989
Dr Klara Kemp-Welch
Dates: 15 - 19 July 2013

Cost: £455

The first part of the course will explore painting, photography, film and design in the decades following the revolution of 1917, mapping the aspirations of avant-garde figures like Kasimir Malevich, Alexander Rodchenko, Sergei Eisenstein, and Dziga Vertov, and the rationale for the introduction of Socialist Realism as official orthodoxy in 1934.  In the second part of the course we will focus on the emergence of non-conformist art in the decades following the denunciation of the Stalinist Cult of Personality by Khrushchev, in 1956.  Our discussions will include Tadeusz Kantor’s theatre, International Mail Art practice, and the installations of Ilya Kabakov and will explore relevant writings by key dissidents such as Václav Havel. The course concludes with an examination of the transformations of 1989-91 and their implications for cultural life in the ‘former East’.  Visits include relevant displays in London collections and one of the newer galleries showing East European art, Calvert 22.

Lecturer’s Biography

Dr Klara Kemp-Welch is Lecturer in 20th Century Modernism at The Courtauld.  She joined the Institute in 2009 as Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, after lecturing at University College London, the University of the Arts London, and the University of York. Klara completed her PhD in art history at University College London in 2008. Her research interests include modern and contemporary East European art, Latin American art and international artists’ networks.  Her book Antipolitics in Central European Art 1956-1989 is forthcoming with I.B. Tauris in 2013.


For further details and to book, contact:
Short Courses,The Courtauld Institute of Art
Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 0RN
T: 020 7 848 2678; E: Short.courses@courtauld.ac.uk

Image: Zofia Kulik and Przemyslaw Kwiek, from the Series ‘Activities with Dobromierz’, 1972-4, courtesy of Zofia Kulik and the PDDiU Archive, Warsaw


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The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 0RN


From: 15 Jul 2013
To: 19 Jul 2013


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