• Offered by School of Art
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Art History
  • Areas of interest Art History
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person

This course will examine recurring themes in Russian art from the medieval period of Kievan Rus' to the postmodernist art of the Perestroika era.  Two of the major focuses for the course will be Russian avant-garde art of the revolutionary period and Russian theatre art connected with the Ballets Russes.  Both of these areas are extensively represented in the collection of the National Gallery of Australia and a number of classes will be held at the gallery working with original major art objects by artists including Malevich, Goncharova, Tatlin, Chagall, Bakst and Larionov.  There will be some consideration given to Russian cinema from Eisenstein's Battleship Potemkin to Tarkovsky's Andrei Rublev and Sokurov's Russian Ark. The course will also examine the impact of Russian art on Australian visual culture.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

By the end of this course, you should be able to

  1. Analyze many forms of Russian art and understand them within an art historical context.
  2. Use specific examples to explain key concepts, themes and theories in Russian art
  3. Think, write and argue with these key concepts, themes and theories.
  4. Reflect on and discuss your own learning as it relates to the subject matter of the course.
  5. Select and combine materials on a topic currently relevant to Russian art and present them in a coherent fashion in a team environment.
  6. Understand Russian art within a broader art historical context.

Indicative Assessment

Students must submit and perform all assessment tasks in order to complete the course.  Failure to submit assessment items by the last day of the exam period and perform assessment tasks on schedule will result in an NCN.

Research Essay 3000 words (50%) (LO 1,2,3,4,5,6)

Oral presentation and  paper 1000 words (20%) (LO 1,2,3,6)

End of semester Visual test (20%) (LO 1,3,6)

Tutorial participation (10%) (LO 1,2,4,5,6)

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The course consists of two 1 hour lectures, one 1 hour tutorial, and seven hours of associated study time per week.

Requisite and Incompatibility

Preliminary Reading

Gray, C. The Great Experiment: Russian Art 1863-1922, Thames

 Bird, A. A History of Russian Painting, Phaidon, Oxford

 Rudnitsky, K. Russian and Soviet Theatre 1905-1932, Thames

 Elliott, D. New Worlds: Russian Art and Society, Thames

 Bowlt, J. Russian Art of the Avant Garde, Thames

Sarabianov, D. Russian Art: From Neoclassicism to the Avant-Garde: 1800-1917, Thames




Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Students continuing in their current program of study will have their tuition fees indexed annually from the year in which you commenced your program. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee Description
1994-2003 $1164
2014 $2478
2013 $2472
2012 $2472
2011 $2424
2010 $2358
2009 $2286
2008 $2286
2007 $2286
2006 $2286
2005 $2286
2004 $1926
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $2574
2014 $3246
2013 $3240
2012 $3240
2011 $3240
2010 $3240
2009 $3240
2008 $3240
2007 $3132
2006 $3132
2005 $3132
2004 $2916
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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