The Courtauld Institute of art invites applications to its MA History of Art program, which in 2018 will feature the return of its special option ‘Contacts and Contexts in Russian Art, 1905–1953’.
Taught by Dr. Maria Mileeva the course investigates Russian twentieth century artists crossing cultural and geographical boundaries, making contact with developments across Europe and America, either through the trauma of emigration, or deliberate cultural export, through exhibitions, publications, and collaborations. Case studies might include Russian artists in Rome in 1917, Matisse in Moscow in 1911, Russian artists in cubist Paris, connections with the Bauhaus, Lissitzky among Dadaists and Constructivists, Alfred H. Barr in Russia, Gabo in emigration, Le Corbusier’s work in Moscow, Malevich in Poland, the 1927 exhibition of French art in Moscow, Chagall’s return to Russia, Soviet pavilion at the 1925 Paris exhibition, American connections with Russian art, and so on, as well as changing ideologies that constantly re-assessed artists’ recognition or survival.
Primary sources will be investigated on visits to archives, exhibitions, and museums in UK. The course will also undertake a study trip to St Petersburg and Moscow, where students will have the opportunity to examine a wide range of works of art in situ. These visits include presentations and discussions of diverse research aims and methodologies. Within the study of Russian and Soviet art, the course will introduce students to research at higher levels investigating the commissioning, making, meaning, and purpose of works in a radically shifting cultural and political environment. The dissertation will provide students with disciplined, useful experience in defining and investigating their subject and then structuring, writing, and editing a thesis.
For information about application procedure and deadlines, see here.