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Coffee lectures: From Impressionism to Blast

The emergence of modernism

The arts in Europe underwent a major sea-change between the first Impressionist exhibition in Paris of 1874 and the publication of the first issue of the Vorticist magazine Blast in London in 1914, just before the outbreak of the First World War. As faith in God was undermined by Darwin and Nietzsche, and traditional ways of life were overturned as a result of the Industrial Revolution, the arts gradually moved from representation to abstraction, inaugurating an era of extraordinary vibrancy and experimentation.

Acclaimed writer, scholar and translator Rosamund Bartlett returns to present this four-part lecture series, each one spanning a separate decade to pinpoint the milestones along this revolutionary journey, seeking to show not only how artistic developments arose in response to social and political change but, in the case of World War I, foreshadowed it. The lectures will trace the interconnections between artists, musicians and writers, and between movements, art forms, and cities such as Vienna, Paris, London, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Munich, Prague, Barcelona and Helsinki.

10am Coffee, Domain Theatre foyer
10.30am Talk, Domain Theatre

Please note: Dates in Look magazine are incorrect. The dates below are the correct dates for all lectures.

Image: Rosamund Bartlett

Thursdays 13 February - 6 March 2014, 10am

Single session:
$30 non-member
$25 member

Full series:
$100 non-member
$80 member

Bookings and enquiries: 02 9225 1878


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Duration 1 hour, 30 minutes
Location: Domain Theatre


Against the Academy and the Realist Tradition



Thursday 13 February 2014 10am – 11:30am


How Decadence Liberated the Arts



Thursday 20 February 2014 10am – 11:30am


Expressionism and the Fin-de-Siècle World of Dreams



Thursday 27 February 2014 10am – 11:30am


The Explosion of Abstraction and Atonality in the Age of Machines



Thursday 6 March 2014 10am – 11:30am