Contact details

The Courtauld Institute of Art

Somerset House


London WC2R 0RN

Tutor, painter, writer, and exhibition organizer, John Milner specializes in nineteenth and twentieth century art in Russia and France. He studied at The Courtauld Institute of Art, London University, and took his doctorate there in Russian Constructivism. Currently he tutors MA and PhD students at The Courtauld Institute, while preparing books and exhibitions, currently including El Lissitzky at the Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, Netherlands. He has led many study visits to Russia and also to France , which includes numerous and remarkable model constructions of unrealised Lissitzky projects, made in collaboration with architectural model maker Henry Milner.

John Milner has been Visiting Professor at The Courtauld Institute of Art since 2007. He leads a Masters course in Contacts and Contexts in Russian Art 1905-1945 and tutors doctoral students in aspects of twentieth century Russian art.


He is now working on Re-Presenting El Lissitzky, a re-hanging and a a re-interpretation of the extensive collection of works by El Lissitzky in the collection of the Stedelijk an Abbemuseum in Eidhoven, Netherlands, opening there in November 2008.



Rodchenko (Design)

ACC, London 2009

Lissitzky (Design) (Hardcover) ACC, London 2009

A Slap in the Face! Futurists in Russia
, Philip Wilson Publishing, London, 2007, published in connection with the exhibition organised by John Milner at the Estorick Collection, London, 28 March-17 June 2007, and at the Hatton Gallery, Newcastle University, 23 June –18 August 2007.

Kazimir Malevich and the Art of Geometry, Yale University Press, New Haven and London, 1996

A Dictionary of Russian and Soviet Artists, 1420-1970
, Antique Collectors’ Club, Woodbridge, 1993

5x5=25: Russian Avant-Garde exhibition, Moscow, 1921: a catalogue in facsimile
, Helikon, Budapest [with Artists’ Bookworks, Forest Row], 1992

Russian Revolutionary Art, Bloomsbury Books, London, 1987

Vladimir Tatlin and the Russian Avant-Garde, Yale University Press, New Haven and London, 1984


Kenneth Rowntree

Lund Humphries, London, 2002.

Art, War and Revolution in France, 1870-1871: myth, reportage and reality

Yale University Press, New Haven and London, 2000

Mondrian, Phaidon Press, London, Paris and New York, 1992 [several editions to 2005]

The Studios of Paris: the capital of art in the late nineteenth century,
Yale University Press, New Haven, London, 1988

EXHIBITIONS OF RUSSIAN ART & Scholarly Reconstructions

Exhibitions of Russian Art have included Russian Constructivism Revisited, and Russian Graphic Art, at the Hatton Gallery, University of Newcastle, and elsewhere.

Scholarly reconstructions have been exhibited at Oxford (Museum of Modern Art), Los Angeles County Museum, Brussels, and now in the major exhibition

Lissitzky + Victory over the Sun at the Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven in 2009-2010, 2010-11, and 2011-2012.


Flying with Futurists, The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, London.

Between poetry and architecture: Russian graphic art: Estorick Collection, London

The Englishman in Moscow: image and word in Malevich’s painting, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Newcastle-Gateshead

Moscow Breakthrough Conference speaker, The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, London.

The Reception and Rejection of Italian Futurism in Russia, Duke University, North Durham, North Carolina, USA

On the Promontory of the Ages: Italian Futurists in Russia, Cambridge University

Tatlin’s Tower: space, time and the city, Henry Moore Institute, Leeds.

The Queen of Mars has Fallen! Royal Academy of Arts, London

Public lectures have also been given at the Tate Gallery in London, the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, the School of Slavonic Studies, London, and at British and international conferences.