Russian-German Entanglements in the Post-1989 Reception History of Moscow Conceptualism

28 Apr 2022
online lecture & discussion
About the lecture
Lecture will be delivered in English with simultaneous translation into Russian
How did a circle of late-Soviet artists and writers virtually unknown until perestroika turn into Russia's most influential contemporary art movement? This lecture addresses the reception history and canonisation of a group of painters, poets, and performance artists known as the Moscow conceptualists in the international and Russian art world post-1989.

Today, Moscow conceptualism does not just figure prominently in art histories and museum collections but also continues to inspire new generations of Russian artists. The lecture retraces the reasons for the immense popularity of the group with a special focus on Russia and Germany. Particular attention will be paid to the role that the reception of Moscow conceptualism has played in debates on how to redefine Russian-German relations during the 1990s.
Dorine Schellens
Dorine Schellens is assistant professor in contemporary Russian and German literature and culture at Leiden University in the Netherlands. She obtained her PhD in 2020 at the University of Freiburg in Germany with a dissertation on the transnational reception history of Moscow conceptualism from the 1970s until today. Her work focuses on the fields of cultural history and canon theory in relation to contemporary Russian and German literature and art.
Thursday, 28 April 2022, 19:00 MSK
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