Russia & the Arts International Conference

08 June 2016



10 June 2016, 10:00–16:30

London, National Portrait Gallery, Ondaatje Wing Theatre


Supported by IN ARTIBUS foundation

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    Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Valentin Serov. 1898. Collection of State Tretyakov Gallery
    Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Valentin Serov. 1898. Collection of State Tretyakov Gallery

Taking its cue from the exhibition Russia and the Arts: the Age of Tolstoy and Tchaikovsky, 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 Lyakhovsky of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition.