BBC Russian Season

bbcAs part of the much-anticipated Russian Season, the BBC is set to unravel the rich and fascinating world of Russian art for the first time in a three-part series on BBC Four.  The Art Of Russia is the story of a nation’s destiny – revolution and human conflict on a scale unparalleled in any other European country’s history of art.

Emerging from the most conservative of cultures into the most radical, Russian art triumphed against the odds.  This is the country that gave us Malevitch’s Black Square – a precursor of Rothko intensity – and the Faberge Egg… at the same time!

Episode one celebrates the great age of the icon, when Russia was at its most intense and inward looking.  Travelling to the northern wastes, art critic, Andrew Graham-Dixon, discovers the country’s most moving icons, the little known folk ‘Lubock’ art, antique Russia of the countryside, and Peter the Great’s artistic revolution.
Episode two moves into the city and the glory days of Russian high baroque – when the Empress Elizabeth decorated St Petersburg like a wedding cake – and the extraordinary school of ‘the Wanderers’, a group of artists comparable to the Impressionists.

The third and concluding episode takes one from the Russian revolution of 1917 through the liberation of the Twenties, the repression of the Stalin years and to the present day with the creative chaos of art – a tension between the new Russian investment in art with the strict doctrine of the Putin years.

Alongside The Art Of Russia, The Russian Season will also feature highlights including a film about Vladimir Nabokov’s soon-to-be-published last novel, Laura, which will also give exclusive insights into his world famous Lolita.  There will also be a film celebrating the legacy of Ballet Russes and its continuing influence on dance, art and culture – For Art’s Sake: The Story Of Ballet Russes.

The Art Of Russia, three x 60-minutes, from 9.00pm, Wednesday 9 December 2009, BBC Four

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