Lecture Cycle

We are happy to invite you to a series of lectures on the History of Russian Art.

Time and place are indicated next to the lecture topic. Be sure to sign up before the visit, as the number of places is limited. You can send an email to stating your name, course name and date.

Lectures are held in Russian with a simultaneous French translation.

Topics are updated all the time. Follow the announcements!


Russian Icons (Symbolism). Bruxelles, August 2018.

rublev_troitsaDeep symbolism of an image is one of the important features of icon painting in general and Russian in particular. Therefore, an icon is not so much an image as a “text” rich in images and meanings. “Reading” an icon can be very difficult; however, hidden meanings sometimes carry much more information than the artistic image itself. In icon painting, colouring plays an independent role. Each colour carries a certain semantic meaning.


Russian Travel Icons. Bruxelles, August 2018.

00007Small scale cast sculpture – crosses, panagias, icons and folds, which are all objects of the Christian religion, originated in Russia in the 11th century. A wide variety of artistic form, influence of icon-painting canons,  replicated production method, exceptional popularity and distribution in the broadest layers of the population make Russian copper casting one of the most interesting and unique phenomena of Russian culture.


Russian Avant-Garde. Bruxelles, August 2018.


The Russian avant-garde is one of the movements of modernism in Russia in 1900-1930, the heyday of which occurred in 1914-1922.

The main movements and their representatives were: Abstractionism – Vasily Kandinsky, Suprematism – Kazimir Malevich, Constructivism – Vladimir Tatlin, Cubo-Futurism – Vladimir Mayakovsky, the Organic movement – Mikhail Matyushin


Severe Style. The 60s. Bruxelles, August 2018.

salahovArtists were praising the lives of their contemporaries, their energy and will, “the heroism of working days”. Images were becoming more generalized and neat. Large colour planes and linear contours of figures were the basis of expressiveness. We shall consider the reasons for the emergence of the “Severe style”, its main representatives and their works.


Plan of Monumental Propaganda. Bruxelles, August 2018.

05_kudryashevMonumental propaganda is the program of the development of monumental art which was put forward in 1918; its mobilization was one of the most important agitational means of the revolution and a new ideology. On a large scale the plan of monumental propaganda provided sculptors with state orders for city monuments and was a direct incentive for the original development of the Soviet sculptural school. Most of the works were made of short-lived materials and have not survived to this day.


Stalin’s Skyscrapers. Myths and Reality. Bruxelles, August 2018.

svetopoekt17The foundations of all Stalinist skyscrapers (seven) were laid in one day – on September 7, 1947. The 800 anniversary of Moscow was celebrated on this day. Best architects of the USSR worked on the design of these high-rise buildings. Architects managed to create an original architectural style, which later received the name of Stalin’s Empire or Soviet monumental classicism.


Worker and Kolkhoz Woman. Bruxelles, August 2018.


Worker and Kolkhoz Woman sculpture is a truly unique monument of the Soviet era. Few people know that this world-famous monument and a faceted glass share the same creator. The idea of the sculpture belongs to the architect Boris Iofan. Worker and Kolkhoz Woman was to personify the power of the country in the USSR pavilion at the Paris exhibition in 1937 –  it was created for this purpose. To implement the idea, a private competition was held among the most famous sculptors of those times. Vera Mukhina’s project won. The monument consists of 5000 parts. It was being assembled for several months, applying sheets of steel on the frame and securing them with spot welding.