You can argue that all art is political in some way. Even a pile of yarn or landscape painting can be interpreted through a political context. But the various moments of the 20th century are political in obvious ways. We're going to dive into Kathe Kollwitz and the German war. Then the Russian revolution by Kazimir Malevich and Vladimir tatlin and lastly Pablo Picasso. We have to consider how each of these works is political, how each artis used the material and platforms of their own times to make unforgettable statements, and how these approaches might inform our own modes and means of expression.
Kaiser Wilhelm II faces the dilemma of deciding to sponsor Lenin's return to Russian. He is fearful of creating a "Bolshevik nemesis" but reluctantly tells his advisors to allow Lenin and his compatriots to travel through Germany from exile in Switzerland in order to destabilize Russia.
Leon Trotsky criticizes his opponents in one of the most quoted speeches as the Bolsheviks consolidate power over the Petrograd Soviet and the Russian Revolution in general while modern experts weigh in.