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Title: The rise of socialist realism in the exhibitions of the State Tret'iakov Gallery 1924-1934
Author: Byers, Mary Hannah.
Awarding Body: University of Glasgow
Current Institution: University of Glasgow
Date of Award: 2004
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Using the State Tret'iakov Gallery as a model, this thesis examines the way in which museum exhibitions and displays between 1924 and 1934 reflected the new Marxist history of Russian Art and the Marxist conception of art installation, developed in the late twenties by the Gallery. These exhibitions, with their Marxist content and design were critical in helping to formulate the Soviet style. In addition, this thesis argues that the theory and practice of Socialist Realism were gradually assumed by the government only after the movement's tenets had been developed by others. Of particular importance were contemporary exhibitions addressing Socialist themes staged by the Gallery. The Gallery also promoted the work of amateur artists whose style and subject matter was thought to more accurately reflect the will of the people than that of professionally trained artists. These studies are based on material in the Gallery archives and include original and unpublished photographs of contemporary exhibitions hitherto unknown. Conclusions are discussed with regard to new and recent interpretations
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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