Re-making sculpture, re-thinking sculpture: the case of Vladimir Tatlin

  • Henry Moore Institute
  • Wednesday, 10 October 2018
  • Lecture by Henry Milner and Prof Jyrki Siukonen in the Institute's seminar room, 6 - 8pm

The relationship between an original art work and its reconstruction has a fascinating place in the history of sculpture. Whether made by the artists themselves or posthumously by followers and supporters, reconstructed sculptures pose important questions about the ideas and values we ascribe to such historical objects.

Vladimir Tatlin (1885-1953) is arguably the single most important twentieth-century artist whose lasting influence is based on missing masterpieces. Since the 1960s, key works, such as the Monument to the Third International 1919, have been repeatedly recreated as exhibition copies and much of our knowledge of Tatlin’s artistic thinking rests on such reconstructions.

This lecture will present two fascinating considerations of the reconstruction of Tatlin’s sculpture from speakers with long-standing experience of Tatlin’s work and ideas. Both speakers will meet each other at the Henry Moore Institute for the first time and share their passion for Tatlin’s sculpture in dialogue.

In getting to know Tatlin and his ideas better through reconstructing some of his major works Henry Milner, a talented maker of reconstructions of constructivist art works, follows in the footsteps of others. For Milner the act of remaking from archive imagery gives rise to exciting theories, questions and new views on Tatlin. Reconstructing his sculptures creates a closeness between re-creator and original maker and brings with it the opportunity to learn why certain materials might have been used and why certain sculptural decisions might have been made.

Henry Milner is a maker and artist specialising in ‘Reconstructivism’. His works are included in the permanent collections of the Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow, the Science Museum, London and the River & Rowing Museum, Henley. His works have been exhibited in the State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg, Museum Sztuki, Lodz, Kunthaus, Graz, and The World Fair in Beijing. The show Utopia Ltd 2013 at the Gallery of Russian Art and Design in London was dedicated to his constructions. He is a guest lecturer at various academic institutions.

Jyrki Siukonen is an artist and a researcher. He has exhibited internationally since 1983 and published ten monographs and tens of articles ranging from eighteenth-century cultural history and Russian avant-garde to the history of Lappish painting and contemporary conceptual art. He was Gregory Fellow in Sculpture at the University of Leeds 1994-96 and Professor of Sculpture at the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts 2004-08. Currently Siukonen is Visiting Research Fellow at University of the Arts, Helsinki.

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