Oleg Tarasov

Senior Research Fellow, Department of Cultural History, Institute of Slavic Studies at the Russian Academy of Sciences

Non-Resident Fellow, Eurasia in Global Dialogue Fellow
(October 2020)


Icons and the Russian Avant-Garde: The History of the Theme

This project is dedicated to the history of the dialogue between the Russian avant-garde and the discovery, study and collection of ancient Russian paintings. The project covers a wide range of issues: from the history of the discovery of the “primitive” (icons, folk pictures, advertising, etc.) by avant-garde artists in the 1900s–10s, to the collection of old Russian icons and avant-garde art objects after World War Two. Special attention is paid to the George Costakis’ collection and the aesthetic and ideological concepts that influenced scientific understanding of the theme.