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Emigre Russian icon art

Date: 1.1.1992-1.10.1996
Code: K1617
Department: Åbo Akademi University / Faculty of Arts (HF), Dept. of Art History
Address: Nunnegatan 4, FIN-20500 Åbo
Phone +358-2-2154 583
Fax +358-2-2154 661
Project leader: FL Kari Kotkavaara, assistent (1.1.1992-1.10.1996)
Type of research: 0 (0=Within duty, 1=Ordered research, 2=Co-operation)
Man months: Totally: 9 months
Contacts: 1) Uthe Czech Academy of Sciences: project of recording the Kondakov collection at the Institute of Art History; 2) M.M.Krasilin - State Research Institution of Restoration, Moscow; 3) National Board of Antiquities, Riga (De två sistnämnda gäller uppdatering av 1920-30-talens ikonkonst i Lettland, Estland).
Keywords: ikonologi, emigranter, ikonologia, emigrantit, ikon, rysk/emigrantrysk, tradition, revival, emigre/exile, icon, tradition, revival, Russian,

My thesis centers around ca 40 icons that were painted between ca 1925-1955 in Prague and Paris.Revival or survival?The question is whether or not the icon art of the emigres is an offspring of the prerevolutionary handicraft tradition.My hypothesis is yhat, on the whole, emigre icon art constitutes a revival; a revival entiled with the history of reception of the icon, with the fusion of a commitment to art and a commitment to religion which has been characteristic to emigre Russioan culture.The hypothesis is tested against information derived from 1) sources and literature pertaining to the prerevolutionary productions of icons (in a wide sense: comprising social history, history of mentality, ideas 2) primary sources from Prague and Paris; sources that throw light on the genesis of emigre icon art 3) the fourty emigre icons themselves.


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