Eighth Graduate Workshop

The Problem of Religious Art in Modernity: Uses and Abuses of the Icon in Russia

Due to the COVID-19 restrictions the venue and the date of the eighth graduate workshop of the Russian Art and Culture Group is still unclear. However, we are currently doing our best to organize an remote-on-site event still happening this year.

Nonetheless the workshop will focus on the role of the icon in Russian modernism.

We are delighted that Prof. George Pattison agreed to be the keynote speaker at this year’s workshop.

In Human, All Too Human, Nietzsche wrote: “that species of art can never flourish again which—like the Divine Comedy, the paintings by Raphael, the frescoes of Michelangelo, Gothic cathedrals—presupposes not only a cosmic but a metaphysical significance in the objects of art.” In his usual provocative manner, Nietzsche attracted attention to the problem of religious art in a secular modernity. This issue was already implicit in Kant’s notion of the viewer of the work of art as “indifferent to the real existence of the object of representation.”

The workshop of the Russian Art and Culture Group will consider the deep implications posed by the problem of religious art by examining the various ways in which the icon was adapted in modern Russia to serve different artistic, philosophical, and political agendas.

See Call for Paper for more details.