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East Winds: Art of production from Lenin to Stalin

Christina Kiaer

2/03/2019
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Fons audiovisual / Lectures and debates

Art of production from Lenin to Stalin
The production art, or Productivism, initiated by the Russian Constructivist avantgarde soon after the Russian Revolution of 1917, has long been celebrated as one
of the most radical forms of socialist art. Artists would cease making art in its traditional forms, and instead enter directly into mass production as worker-artists or
productivists. This talk will extend the concept of production art beyond the early revolutionary years and into the 1930s, under Stalin and the Five-Year Plans, where this is less expected. The Constructivist avant-garde was no longer operative, but artists continued to imagine their work as a mass-oriented and collective endeavour in their production of posters, material culture, film and even oil painting.

Christina Kiaer is Professor of Modern Art at Northwestern University. Specialist in Russian and Soviet art.

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