Andrew Spira explores the work of the painter Kuzma Petrov-Vodkin on whom earlier this year he gave a talk for the Royal Academy Exhibition ‘Revolution: Russian Art 1917-1932.’ Andrew is an independent art historian,  writer and curator.  His book ‘The Avant-Garde Icon: Russian Avant-Garde Art and the Icon Painting Tradition’ was published in 2008.

The illustrated talk will be in English.

Andrew Spira graduated from the Courtauld Institute of Art before working at the Temple Gallery, London (specialists in Russian icons), and as a curator at the Victoria & Albert Museum. He was a course director at Christie’s Education for fifteen years and has led numerous tours to Russia, Romania, Armenia and elsewhere. He will explore the artistic development of a unique Russian painter Kuzma Petrov-Vodkin whose paintings were exhibited in the UK  for the first time in a whole separate room at the recent exhibition at the Royal Academy ” Revolution: Russian Art 1917-1932″. His name is strongly associated with the Russian revolution and the expression of hopes and ideals of Russian people throughout the revolutionary changes taking place in Russia.