The Russian visual revolution

Ekaterina Degot in discussion with Dessy Gavrilova at the Vienna Humanities Festival 2017

12. October 2017
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The art of the Russian Revolution is usually represented in the West by the iconic abstract paintings of Malevich or Kandinsky, defined by their pure forms. Art historian Ekaterina Degot, a foremost authority on the Russian avant-garde who was recently appointed artistic director of “steirischer herbst”, argues that this reading is insufficient.

On 24 September 2017, in a conversation with Dessy Gavrilova, she offered a new perspective on Russia’s avant-garde artists and interrogated the West’s persistent misreadings of the October Revolution.

Watch the full debate:

Photo: Sovjet agit-prop train with painted wagons