‘A Game in Hell’: The Great War in Russia

The Courtauld Institute of Art
Saturday, 27 September 2014
10.00 – 17.00 (with registration from 09.30)

Speaker(s): include Dr Jonathan Black (Kingston University, London), Prof John E. Bowlt (University of Southern California, Los Angeles), Natalia Budanova (The Courtauld Institute of Art, London), Prof Christina Lodder (University of Kent, Canterbury), Prof John Milner (The Courtauld Institute of Art, London), Dr Nicoletta Misler (Instituto Universitario Orientale, Naples), Irina Nikiforova (The State Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow), Elena Sudakova, (Director and Principal Curator, GRAD)

Ticket/entry details: £16 (£11 concessions students and over 60, £8 GRAD members). BOOK ONLINE or send a cheque payable to ‘Courtauld Institute of Art’ to Research Forum Events Co-ordinator, Research Forum, The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 0RN, stating the event title ‘A Game in Hell’ For further information, email ResearchForumEvents@courtauld.ac.uk

Organised by: Professor John Milner (The Courtauld Institute of Art), Alexandra Chiriac (GRAD: Gallery for Russian Arts and Design), and Natalia Budanova (Cambridge Courtauld Russian Art Centre, CCRAC)

This full-day conference coincides with the opening of the exhibition A Game in Hell. The Great War in Russia at GRAD: Gallery for Russian Arts and Design. Curated by two of today’s most prominent Russian scholars, Professor John Bowlt and Dr Nicoletta Misler, the exhibition examines the artistic and historical significance of the First World War in Russia.

The conference will address this long-neglected subject. So rapidly was the First World War succeeded by the 1917 Revolution and the Russian Civil War that there was little time to process its impact during the changing regimes that followed. This year’s centennial commemoration provides the opportunity to examine this period from new perspectives, discussing topics such as the response of avant-garde artists to the war, the role of women during the conflict, the changing uses of printed propaganda or life on the Eastern Front seen though the lens.

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