Kirill CHUNIKHIN

Academic Year:
2016/2017

Research Program:
PoM Pontica Magna

Affiliation:
Department of History, National Research University Higher School of Economics, St. Petersburg
European University at St Petersburg and Jacobs University, Bremen

Position:
Lecturer
PhD Candidate (2016/2017)

Country:
Russia

Research project: The Representation and Reception of American Visual Art in the USSR during the Cold War, 1945-1991 (2016/2017)

Paradoxically, but prior to the Cold War – with no Iron Curtain preventing free cultural exchange – the USSR hosted single exhibitions of American art, all minor in terms of aesthetical significance, attendance, and impact. However, during the Cold War – despite Soviet alienation from the West and regardless of the essential for the USSR anti-Americanism – the Soviet venues hosted dozens exhibitions introducing American art from figurative to abstract to millions of Soviet visitors. Nearly all these exhibitions remain unexplored. Basing on the unique materials from American and Russian archives, the research for the very first time examines this paradoxically extensive exhibiting and brings together in an orchestrated effort the unique historical outline of American art to the Soviet Union from 1945 to 1991.