Workshop/CfP - Russian Art & Culture Group, 21–22 September 2017, Germany

Publish Date: Mar 30, 2017

Deadline: May 15, 2017

5th Graduate Workshop of the Russian Art & Culture Group
Berlin, September 21–22, 2017

Call for Papers
Russian Art on the Rise | Russische Kunst im Aufbruch

Working languages: English and German | Arbeitssprachen: Englisch und Deutsch
Deadline for submission: May 15, 2017

The fifth graduate workshop of the Russian Art and Culture Group will focus on the theorization and contextualization of Russian art of the late 19th and early 20th centuries by its contemporaries, positioning it in the cultural discourses of the period that ranged from national appreciation to scientific approaches. Thanks to the collaboration of Jacobs University Bremen and Freie Universität Berlin, the workshop will take place in Berlin for the first time.

The workshop will examine the development of Russian art during the period from 1870 to the 1920s. Questioning the self-imposed requirements for their creative work, artistic movements such as the Peredvizhniki and Mir iskusstva addressed subjects specific to Russian culture. The artists not only strove to capture a Russian cultural identity in their works but utilized folk art and crafts to establish a specific Russian style.

Modernist artistic styles of western European origin, e.g. French impressionism, were well received by Russian artists. Furthermore, the Russian avant-garde proclaimed a pure form of painting free from historical or literary context and the forms of nature. In this process, new academies were created, their aim was to establish a scientific approach to art and to research various artistic principles in interdisciplinary laboratories.

Papers might explore the following topics:

– artistic colonies of the late 19th century
– artistic movements (e.g. the Peredvizhniki, Mir iskusstva, etc.), their aims and programs – the Russian style in art and architecture
– the impact of European styles on Russian art (e.g. impressionism, expressionism, cubism, etc.)
– the establishment of artistic academies (e.g. VChUTEMAS, GAChN/RAChN etc.), their aims, ideals and programs
– suprematism and non-objective art: polemics and discourse

The workshop wishes to broaden the research on the aforementioned subjects and to stimulate new discourses and perspectives. We invite doctoral students, postgraduate researchers, and established academics to submit proposals, in German or English, for 30-minute presentations. Please, send an abstract of no more than 500 words along with a short biographical note by May 15, 2017, to:

For further questions, please do not hesitate to contact the organizers using the email address above. You will receive notification of the panel decision by June 8, 2017. Please understand that travel expanses cannot be reimbursed by the organizers.

Initial idea and organization: Prof. Dr. Isabel Wünsche, Jacobs University Bremen; Prof. Dr. Werner Busch, Freie Universität Berlin; Ludmila Piters-Hofmann and Viktoria Schindler

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