What is the course about?
Discover heroism and hope, chaos and tragedy in some of the most radical and transformational artworks of the 20th Century. Cultural ambassadors from the world’s first attempted Worker’s State, learn how the artists and designers of Constructivism followed their Suprematist forebears, striving to remake the world from its most fundamental aesthetic foundations: colour, line and form.
Drawing out similarities and exploring crucial differences between these two critical and contrasting movements, this course explores how the divergent impulses of mystical idealism and everyday materialism were united in a dynamic and revolutionary exploration of form. From the bold and optimistic designs of El Lissitsky, Nikolai Kolli and Vladimir Tatlin, to the rarefied transcendence of Suprematists like Kazimir Malevich.
What will we cover?
• Constructivism and Suprematism and their place in the development of Modern Art.
• Constructivism and Suprematism in historical context, from the pre-Revolutionary avant-garde to their Stalinist destruction.
• Key works and figures such as El Lissitsky, Vladimir Tatlin and Kazimir Malevich.
• Important theoretical ideas behind the aesthetic innovations of Constructivism and Suprematism.
• How these movements stretched beyond the fine arts, incorporating poster, print, ceramics and architecture.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- List five important artists whose work has been classified within the Constructivist or Suprematist movements.
- Describe the relations between Constructivism and Suprematism, as well as how they relate to developments in Modern Art more broadly.
- Analyse some of the main developments in these movements in relation to the events of the Russian Revolution and its aftermath.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is suitable for all levels.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught with short lectures, slides, and group discussions.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You might wish to bring a notebook. You might wish to buy some of the books on any reading list given out in class.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
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