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The Communist Vision of Gustav Klutsis

Presented by Professor Christina Lodder

This talk will examine the photomontage posters of Gustav Klucis.It willlook athis enduring images of a communist utopia and his engagement with photomontage, including his electrification poster of 1921, the works he executed immediately after the death of Lenin in 1924 when photomontage enabled artists to respond rapidly to the leader's demise, and the powerful images that he produced for the First Five-year Plan.

Christina Lodder is Professor of the History and Philosophy of Art at the University of Kent, Vice-President of the Malevich Society, and co-editor of Brill’s Russian History and Culture series. She has written extensively on Russian art of the early twentieth century, including Russian Constructivism (1983), Constructing Modernity: The Art and Career of Naum Gabo (co-author with Martin Hammer, 2000), Gabo on Gabo (co-editor with Martin Hammer, 2000), Constructive Strands in Russian Art (2005), and Rethinking Malevich (co-editor with Charlotte Douglas, 2007). She has just completed a translation and introduction to Aleksei Gan, Constructivism and has co-edited (with Maria Kokkori and Maria Mileeva) Utopian Reality: Reconstructing Culture in Revolutionary Russia and Beyond , both of which are due to appear later this year.

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