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HA 3092 / HA 3592

Course Co-ordinator: Dr A Bryzgel

Pre-requisite(s): Open to honours students in History of Art.

Available as a level 3 option for the purposes of enhanced study to those with entry to cognate honours programmes. Cognate programmes consist of all honours programmes in the School of Divinity, History and Philosophy, MA English and Scottish Literature, MA Film and Visual Culture.

Note(s): This course will be available in 2012/13 as HA 3092.

This course will introduce students to the major artists and artistic movements in Russia from the late 19th century until today. The main focus will be on the interrelation between art and politics in Russia during one of the most turbulent centuries in the country's history. From the social realism of the Wanderers to the propaganda art of Klucis and Rodchenko, through the Soviet years of repression and into the post-independent era, when artists continued to express their concerns about topical issues, art and politics in Russia have been virtually inextricable. We will pay particular attention to the function of the avant-garde and its efficacy throughout the twentieth century in Russia. We will also examine a second current throughout this course, that of the relation of Russian artists to their counterparts in the West, which at times they purposefully rejected, and at others aimed to emulate or at least appropriate.

3 hours of seminar teaching per week to a total of 36 teaching hours.

1st Attempt: 1 two-hour examination (30%); continuous assessment (70%) [two 2,000-2,500-word essays (20% each), presentation (10%), exhibition (10%), and poster creation (10%)].

Resit: Examination (100%).

NB: All coursework must have been submitted.