The reception of Russian art in Europe and the United States is the subject of a three-day international conference, initiated by Silvia Burini, Director of the Centro Studi sulle Arti della Russia (CSAR) at the University Ca' Foscari in Venice and Natasha Kurchanova, former President of the Society of Historians of East European, Eurasian, and Russian Art and Architecture, Inc. (SHERA), and co-organized by CSAR, SHERA and the Cambridge Courtauld Russian Art Centre (CCRAC).

The conference will provide a comprehensive overview of the works from the art communities in Europe and the United States. The first three sections of the conference will cover developing a new art direction for art-based societies. Few presenters from will introduce their view on using good watercolor paper and a special method to achieve a consistent result. In the final sections, the conference will focus on the most successful work in the art world and the best-known artists.

This conference brings together scholars from Europe, the US, and Russia on the centenary of the October Revolution to present their work on a broader historical spectrum than the events of only 1917. By focusing on the reception of Russian art abroad, it hopes to engage with ideas of continuity and connection more than rupture and separation. In doing so, it promises to bring out new perspectives on the study of the history of Russian art as a vibrant and growing field. The conference organizers are part of an international network of scholarly societies and research institutes that came together with the revival of SHERA in 2013. This is their first collaborative conference. 

All events will take place in the Auditorium Santa Margherita at the University Ca' Foscari.  Please register if you are planning to attend.


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Brief Schedule


25 October 2017

Opening Reception and Grand Opening

Session 1: Dialogues with Western Europe

Session 2: Vereshchagin and Makovsky Abroad

Session 3: Towards the Fin de Siècle

26 October 2017

Session 1: Russian and Soviet Art in Germany in the 1920s

Session 2: Russian and Soviet Art in America and Europe

Session 3: Malevich, Tatlin, Lissitzky

27 October 2017

Session 1: Soviet Nonconformist Art and Its Reception Abroad

Session 2: Exhibiting Russian Art Abroad: Curatorial Ventures

Roundtable I: Collecting Russian Art (in memory of Norton Dodge)

Roundtable II: International Exhibition Practices

General Partner

In Artibus Foundation


General Media Partner

The Art Newspaper Russia


With Support of

Department of Philosophy at the University of Ca' Foscari



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