1917 Centenary

1917 Centenary

“There are decades where nothing happens; and there are weeks where decades happen.”

Vladimir Lenin

Kino eye two
Thursday, 26 October 2017 10:26

'The most important of the arts': film after the Russian Revolution

Written by John Green
John Green outlines the role of film in the Bolshevik Revolution, and the profound and lasting influence of Russian revolutionary film-makers on cinema not only in the Soviet Union but across the world. According to the Bolshevik government’s first Commissar for Education, Anatoly Lunacharsky, Lenin remarked that, ‘Film for us…
Cloud Iron
Saturday, 28 October 2017 13:24

'We want art back, the new art of architecture'

Written by Nick Wright
'A model of clear thinking and informed comment' - Nick Wright reviews the Imagine Moscow exhibition at the Design Museum. “The position is this: the ecstatic period of the revolution is over. Now it's the working day — but art is holiday. And we want art back, the new art…
Storming the Winter Palace
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Thursday, 26 October 2017 10:26

Black night, white snow: Alexander Blok's The Twelve

Written by John Ellison
John Ellison discusses Alexander Blok's great poem The Twelve, and its links to the Russian Revolution. I came fresh, utterly fresh, to the most famous poem by Alexander Blok - The Twelve - written in January 1918, and the freshest of poetic responses to the November Bolshevik revolution. Before reading…
Pablo Picasso (in the beret) and scene painters working on set design for Leonid Massine’s Parade, staged by Serge Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes in Paris, 1917.
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Thursday, 26 October 2017 10:26

Dancing Up a Storm: the 1917 Revolution and Russian ballet

Written by Carolyn Pouncy
Carolyn Pouncy tells the story of how Russian ballet was modernised, democratised and eventually revitalised by the 1917 Russian Revolution.Ask people unfamiliar with dance history where ballet originated, and many will say, “Russia.” Although the wrong answer—ballet originated at the court of Louis XIV, based on formal dance traditions already…
Alexander Deineka, Textile Workers, 1927
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Thursday, 26 October 2017 10:26

Great art, shame about the curating

Written by Christine Lindey
Christine Lindey reviews the current Royal Academy exhibition, and recommends the art - but not the didactic, vindictive and reactionary curation. In January 1918 the Russian Soviet Republic was the first state in the world to officially support the avant-garde. Fired by the revolution’s socialist ideology, artists rejected the tsarist regime’s…
El Lissitzsky, Beat the Whites with the Red Wedge, 1919
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Saturday, 28 October 2017 13:22

October 1917: The Spark For Great Art

Written by Christine Lindey
Christine Lindey explains how the 1917 Russian Revolution inspired the transformation of the visual arts into instruments of popular liberation. “In the land of the Soviets every kitchen maid must be able to rule the state,” said Lenin and the arts were an intrinsic part of the Bolshevik revolution’s attempt…
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