Art of Russia

Art historian Andrew Graham-Dixon unlocks the mystery, variety and history of Russia's unique art, from ancient iconography and the Russian high baroque to the Wanderers - an extraordinary group of artists comparable to the Impressionists - and the tumultuous 20th century.

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  • Art of Russia - Episode Three: Smashing the Mould
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    December 2, 2010

    The series concludes with a look at the tumultuous period of 20th century Russia, from the Revolution of 1917 where constructivism became the house style of the Communist Party, to the present day with the tension between the new Russian investment in art and the strict doctrine of the Putin years.

  • Roads to Revolution
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    November 25, 2010

    Andrew travels into St. Petersburg and relives the glory days of the Russian high baroque, and assesses the influence of the Wanderers - a group of artists comparable to the Impressionists.

  • Art of Russia - Episode One: Out of the Forest
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    November 18, 2010

    Written and presented by Andrew Graham-Dixon. The series begins with a celebration of the great age of the icon, when Russia was at its most intense and inward looking. Travelling to the northern wastes, Andrew discovers the country's most moving icons, folk art, the antique Russia of the countryside, and Peter the Great's artistic revolution.