Russian Culture in Exile, 1921-1953

2 to 3 November 2012
Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre, The Courtauld Institute of Art

Dr Natalia Murray (The Courtauld Institute of Art) and Dr Maria Kokkori (The Art Institute of Chicago)

Natalia Budanova (The Courtauld Institute of Art), Lesley Chamberlain (author The Philosophy Steamer. Lenin and the Exile of the Intelligentsia and Motherland: A Philosophical History of Russia), Robert Chandler (poet & translator), Ilya Doronchenkov (Dean of the European University, St. Petersburg), Pauline Fairclough (University of Bristol), Anna Kaminskaya (N. Punin’s granddaughter; St. Petersburg Art and Industry Academy), Nicola Kozicharow (University of Cambridge), John Milner (The Courtauld Institute of Art), Nicoletta Misler (Instituto Universitario Orientale, Naples), Natalia Murray (The Courtauld Institute of Arts), Roberta Reeder (Artistic Director of Musica Venezia), Andrei Tolstoy (Deputy Director of the Pushkin Museum, Moscow); Tatiana Verizhnikova (Academy of Arts, St. Petersburg)

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Conference Summary
Intended as a broad interdisciplinary project, this conference will be dedicated to the Russians who left after 1921, and who used to say: “We are not in exile, we are on a mission”; and those who stayed behind and, like Nikolay Punin, were condemned to internal exile and persecution. Potential subjects to be examined in the context of this conference include: the struggle of the Russian composers, historians, politicians, artists, art-critics, philosophers, scientists and writers to adapt to the new life in emigration, or under the new regime in the Soviet Union. How did those who left and those who stayed behind adapt? Did they adapt? What compromises did they have to make, and what effect did this have on their work?

This conference is also planned to coincide with the launch of Dr Natalia Murray’s book The Unsung Hero of the Russian Avant-Garde. The Life and Times of Nikolay Punin (1888-1953), which will be published by Brill Academic Publishers in April-May 2012, and the exhibition of photographs from Punin’s family archive in St. Petersburg.