Russia & the Arts International Conference
Friday 10 June 2016
10.00 – 16.30

£30/£25 concessions
(includes exhibition ticket)

Taking its cue from the exhibition, this international conference explores music, literature and the visual and performing arts in Imperial Russia in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Presenting new or little-known discoveries as well as works of world renown, speakers will consider the extraordinary creativity of artists, writers and composers such as Repin, Chekhov and Rimsky-Korsakov, and the intriguing dialogues and relationships that developed between them. While some of these figures favoured Russian themes and motifs, others drew their inspiration from western culture. The conference aims to explore the rich and complex ideas that resulted, as Russia’s creative talents nurtured visual, theatrical, musical and literary traditions of their own. The conference will conclude with a musical performance by Anton Lyakovsky of Mussorsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition.

  • Tretyakov’s Portrait Gallery of Russian Writers and its Legacy, Dr Rosamund Bartlett (Writer, Scholar and Translator)
  • The Poet in Paint: From Pushkin to Akhmatova, Dr Rosalind P. Blakesley (University of Cambridge)
  • Portraits of the People: Painting Crowds in Nineteenth-Century Russia, Dr Molly Brunson (Yale University)
  • Patronage, the Market, and the Arts in Nineteenth-Century Russia, Professor Philip Bullock (University of Oxford)
  • Framing Femininity: Portraits and Portraiture in Early Russian Film, Dr Rachel Morley (UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies)

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Pavel Tretyakov by Ilia Repin, 1901 © State Tretyakov Gallery

The Gallery is grateful to the Cambridge Courtauld Russian Art Centre for assistance in organising and promoting this event.