2017 October: Hermitage Art Week

Hermitage Art Week - first ever in London!

Lectures by Curators from The Hermitage Museum
16 - 19 October 2017 - 18.00 to 20.00
MacDougall's, 30A Charles II Street, SW1Y 4AE

The Hermitage Foundation UK launched The Hermitage Art Week in October - a series of four lectures in Russian by visiting curators from St Petersburg.  A simultaneous translation to English was available.

TICKETS: £5 for students*; £10 adults: 
Special offer : Students - £15 for all four lectures if booked together*
                         Adults - £30 for all four lectures if booked together

16 October - Yulia Lukyanova from the Hermitage Education Department gave the opening lecture, an introduction to the State Hermitage Museum, as an architectural masterpiece housing an encyclopaedic collection of art.   Yulia covered the construction of the Winter Palace, Small Hermitage, Large Hermitage and the New Hermitage and the original purpose of each building; the history of collecting by Catherine II including her great acquisition of the Walpole and Crozat collections and the 19th- and 20th-century collections. 

17 October -  Nina Tarassova, Hermitage curator of costume from the Departments of the History of Russian Culture, spoke on the costume collection. She also covered the creation of the first Centre of Costumes and Fashion in Russia at Staraya Derevnya, on the outskirts of the city of St Petersburg.

18 October - Sonia Kudriavtseva, head of the Hermitage Youth Centre and Student Club, spoke on contemporary art: Art and Politics in Russia. Contemporary Art Exhibitions at the Hermitage Museum.   The Hermitage's collection of impressionist and post-impressionist art is among the most famous in the world, and one of the key reasons to visit this extraordinary museum.   Sonia covered the decision, effected in 2014, to move the collection from the upper floors of the main Hermitage complex across Palace Square to the General Staff Building which now gives this superb collection a dedicated, modern exhibition space where masterpieces of fin de siècle art can be displayed to their full advantage.

19 October - Dimitri Ozerkov, Head of the Hermitage Department of Contemporary Art, spoke  on Prigov and Moscow Conceptualism.   Known as the father of Russian Conceptualism, unlike other artists of the period, Dmitri Prigov did not emigrate and therefore never became as famous abroad as his expatriate contemporaries. He is perhaps better known as a poet, the author of 36,000 poems. The donation of works to the Hermitage by his family includes almost 400 individual drawings, prints, installations and videos of the artist's performances.
An exhibition devoted to Prigov opened the previous week at  Calvert 22.