Lyubov Popova, Painterly Architectonic, National Galleries of Scotland

Art and the Russian Revolution

A century ago this year, in October 1917, the Bolsheviks took control of Russia and established the first Workers’ State in history. While many fled, most avant-garde artists embraced the Revolution wholeheartedly, placing their art at the service of the new regime. During the dark days of the Civil War, artists like Wassily Kandinsky, Kazimir Malevich, and Vladimir Tatlin ran artistic affairs of the state and produced decorations and posters supporting the communists.

This talk by art historian Professor Christina Lodder will look at the range of work that they produced over this period and the impact that the revolution and its ideals had on their lives and careers.