Russia & the Arts International Conference

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

10 June 2016

Ondaatje Wing Theatre, National Portrait 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 Lyakovsky of Mussorsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition.

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Tickets: Please note this event is now sold out.

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


Generously supported by

With support from the Russia and The Arts Exhibition Supporters Group:
Sophia Contemporary Gallery
Tsukanov Family Foundation
AVC Charity Foundation

Spring Season 2016 sponsored by