From Myth to Fake: Byzantium and Art in Russia from Nicolas I to Putin



Year of publication 2023
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Description Russian imperialism is a much-discussed notion in the last 12th moths, but one that is also part of the cultural history of the states that have been in the territory of present-day Russia for centuries. The purpose of this talk is to present how imperialist ambitions are systematically promoted, in the last two centuries, through the imaginary Medieval and Byzantine past. Primarily elements of material and visual culture will be presented, but also texts that demonstrate how from Nicholas I to Alexander III and from Stalin to Putin the country’s elites instrumentalize its past to build futures increasingly distant from reality.
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