1917-2017: Hundred Years of Russian Revolution in Art and Aesthetics – 3three days confereence at Färgfabriken, Södertörns högskola och Moderna Museet


19 October 2017

The conference will bring together scholars and researchers from fields relating to the visual arts, cultural studies, media, and aesthetics to discuss questions about the relationship between art and Revolution in Russia.

It aims to discuss how Russian Revolution was reflected in art and aesthetics through the past 100 years and to map those discourses, trends and artistic developments in visual art, architecture, cinema and media that were born by, despite and in contrary to the Bolshevik Revolution both in Russia and worldwide.

The conference program challenges established academic paradigms both in Russia and internationally and to re-evaluate the relationships between art, aesthetics and media that existed during the Soviet period and the Revolution itself as a political, historical and social event.

The Russian Revolution is a defining moment in European and international history. The processes that began in March 1917 changed not only Russia but the world. Sweden, as a neutral country in close proximity to the empire, was in a unique position to observe all stages of the revolution. Swedish diplomats, businessmen, journalists, poets and ordinary people shared their impressions. Based on the documents preserved in Sweden’s national archives, the Swedish Embassy in Moscow publishes these accounts. In reports and relays from the Swedish diplomats we see hope and despair; we see daily life in a country riven by street fighting, civil war and terror. In this project, the documents speak. All documents are made available to the public online with a brief commentary on the context. All material is published in parallel in Swedish and Russian. The presentation aims to highlight some of the key elements in Sweden’s diplomats’ impression of the revolution.