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A Cold War curiosity?: The Soviet collection at the Darwin memorial museum, Down House, Kent.

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contributor authorSimpson, Patricia
date accessioned2017-12-12T17:06:52Z
date available2017-12-12T17:06:52Z
date issued2017-11-22
identifier citationSimpson , P 2017 , ' A Cold War curiosity?: The Soviet collection at the Darwin memorial museum, Down House, Kent. ' Journal of the History of Collections . DOI: 10.1093/jhc/fhx043en
identifier otherPURE: 12864630
identifier otherPURE UUID: 44b0380a-bc1f-4574-9a26-b5377837f7be
identifier urihttps://academic.oup.com/jhc/advance-article-abstract/doi/10.1093/jhc/fhx043/4647711en
identifier urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2299/19601
descriptionThis article has been accepted for publication in Journal of the History of Collection, published by Oxford University Press.en
description abstractIn the late 1950s-early 1960s, the Charles Darwin memorial museum at Down House in Kent acquired a collection of Soviet paintings, sculptures and photographic albums, none of which are currently on display to the public. These artefacts were sent to the UK from the State Darwin Museum in Moscow, by its directors, the ornithologist Professor Aleksandr Kots and his wife, the animal behaviourist, Dr Nadezhda Ladygina-Kots. The ostensible reasons for the gifts were largely connected to anniversary celebrations of Darwin’s life and work. The focus on art works related to the Darwin Museum’s particular concern with the use of art to stimulate and inform visitors without the use of too much text in the displays. This article explores the potential impact of the contemporary, Soviet and international, ‘Cold War’ debates over ‘Lysenkoism’ and ‘Soviet Darwinism’, on the short-lived display at Down House, entitled the ‘Russian Room’ (c.1961-1964).en
format extent23en
language isoeng
relation ispartofJournal of the History of Collectionsen
rightsen
subjectState Darwin Museumen
subjectLysenkoismen
subjectCold Waren
subjectDown Houseen
subjectSoviet Arten
subjectBiopoliticsen
titleA Cold War curiosity?: The Soviet collection at the Darwin memorial museum, Down House, Kent.en
typeArticleen
contributor institutionSchool of Creative Artsen
contributor institutionArt and Designen
contributor institutionTheorising Visual Art and Designen
contributor institutionContemporary Arts Practice Groupen
identifier doihttp://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jhc/fhx043
description versionpreprinten
description statusPeer revieweden
date embargoedUntil23-11-20


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