Russia’s Silver Age
26 April 2022 - 28 June 2022
90 mins duration
£50 – £400
This series of 10 lectures will be delivered online every Tuesday commencing 26 April and finishing on 28 June 2022. (Full details on acceptance of booking).
From the 1890s to 1917, as Russia hurtled towards the Revolution, it experienced an incredible flowering of culture that came to be known as the Silver Age. With a nod to the scientific and artistic innovations of the West, Russian artists from all artforms created new and dazzling interdisciplinary works. With their emphasis on the inner world and a belief in the spiritual or occult dimension of art, the Russian Symbolists looked backwards and forwards to other eras. Art Nouveau known as ‘Style Moderne’ was visible not just in public buildings and private dwellings, but in objects and in graphic design. The writers of the period became legendary. Explore those who began as Symbolists and their opponents: the Acmeists. The Silver Age did not end with the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution but its emphasis on the quest for the spiritual would find itself in opposition to the ideology of Soviet Russia. Nevertheless, it persisted through the Russian diaspora.
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Russia’s Silver Age – 26 April – 28 June 2022
Explore the art of Kandinsky, Chagall, Art Nouveau neo-nationalist painter Mikhail Vrubel, the World of Art group and Ballet Russes with designs by Leon Bakst, Benois, Natalya Goncharova and Nicholas Roerich, the Blue Rose; the poetry and fiction of Anna Ahkmatova, Alexander Blok, Osip Mandelshtam, Boris Pasternak, and others; the music and influence of composers Rimsky-Korsakov to Stravinsky; the birth of Russian cinema; and travel from Moscow and St Petersburg to Paris with the protagonists of the era from flamboyant Diaghilev, to Nijinksky and his manipulative countess, to faux peasant poets.