Katarina Lichvarova - The Courtauld Institute of Art

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Katarina Lichvarova

PhD student

Thesis: Father and Son, Pivovarov and Pepperstein: Defining Two Generations of Moscow Conceptualism

Supervised by Prof. Sarah Wilson

Funded by Arts & Humanties Research Council

Since the early 1970s, the key artists of Moscow Conceptualism have employed various means to enhance the discursive character of their work. This case study of two artists from different generations, Viktor Pivovarov is Pavel Pepperstein’s father, reveals its origin, evolution and implications.


  • MA Global Conceptualism, The Courtauld Institute of Art
  • BA History and Philosophy of Art, University of Kent


  • MA Core Methodologies, seminar leader (The Courtauld Institute of Art, 2014)

Research interests

  • Moscow Conceptualism
  • unofficial art
  • former Eastern Bloc
  • Eastern and Central Europe
  • discursive aesthetics
  • politics

Conference papers and lectures

  • With Victory over the Past Towards a Brighter Future? Pavel Peppersteins Vision of Russia, Utopia III: Contemporary Russian Art and the Ruins of Utopia (The Courtauld Institute of Art, 2013)
  • Frustrating the Spectator: Viktor Pivovarov and Soviet Unofficial Writers, Research Seminar (The Courtauld Institute of Art, 2014)
  • Viktor Pivovarov: Romanticising Loneliness, Conceptualising Socialism, Princeton Conjunction: Romantic Subversions of Soviet Enlightenment ( Princeton University, 2014)

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