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Valerie Mainz: David’s Les Sabines: Accommodating truth and reconciliation post terror

University of Bristol

Tuesday, 21 November 2017 from 18:15 to 19:15 (GMT)

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Autumn Art Lectures 2017: The art of revolutions

First exhibited by Jacques-Louis David in December 1799 at the time of General Bonaparte’s rise to power, the major history painting of Les Sabines had been conceived during the artist’s imprisonment after the downfall of the radical Jacobin leader, Maximilien Robespierre. Although the subject of the work is ostensibly about the cessation of hostilities been the Roman and Sabine men due to the intervention of the Sabine women, the painting incorporates both a coming to terms with the horror, atrocities and violence of the recent past and a hidden critique of France’s increasing militarisation.

Dr Valerie Mainz is Senior Lecturer in the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies, University of Leeds, having previously worked in both the commercial and subsidised sectors of the theatre. She has curated exhibitions at the University Gallery University of Leeds, at the Musée de la Révolution Française, Vizille and, together with Dr Richard Williams, at the Henry Moore Institute, Leeds. Her most recent book is entitled Days of Glory? Imaging Military Recruitment and the French Revolution.

The concepts of ‘art’ and ‘revolution’ intersect in many and various ways. This year’s Autumn Art Lecture Series explores some of them. It does this in the year of the anniversary of one of the world’s most profound revolutions, that of Russia in 1917 - our lecture on this, given by John Milner the curator of the Royal Academy exhibition (2017), takes place on its exact anniversary, according to the Gregorian calendar 7 November (25 October Julian).  Other lectures address art and the Chinese cultural revolution (Robert Bickers), the visual culture of the French revolution (Valerie Mainz), and more diverse revolutionary topics such as the representational revolution of the first exhibition dedicated to queer British art (at Tate Britain 5 April – October 1st 2017), given by its curator Clare Barlow; the revolution in the presentation of art on television represented by Kenneth Clark’s Civilisation in 1969, given by the presenter of the new series Civilisations David Olusoga. We start with the American artist Molly Crabapple talking about the role of contemporary art as weapon of protest and revolution.

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Tuesday, 21 November 2017 from 18:15 to 19:15 (GMT)


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