Conference Committee


Silvia Burini, President

Natasha Kurchanova

Rosalind P. Blakesley

Margaret Samu


Conference Organizers

Centro Studi sulle Arti della Russia (CSAR) at the University Ca' Foscari was founded in 2011 as the first research center in Italy dedicated to the research and advancement of Russia’s rich cultural heritage. The Center’s purpose is to carry out initiatives devoted to the history of arts from ancient times to the present day, including music, theater, film, and the visual arts. Among the Center’s activities are long-term and short-term research laboratories, international conferences, festivals for film and the performing arts, publication of scholarly work, compiling art collection catalogues, and promoting cultural initiatives oriented primarily towards the younger generation. The Center’s international and interdisciplinary mission is the study of Russian culture in all its variety.

The Society of Historians of Eastern European, Eurasian and Russian Art and Architecture, Inc. (SHERA) was founded in 1995 to bring together scholars specializing in the art and architecture of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, from ancient times to the present day. SHERA creates a sense of community for scholars around the world, serving as a vibrant source of information and exchange. An affiliated society of the College Art Association (CAA) and of the Association of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES), SHERA is a not-for-profit corporation oriented exclusively towards the support of scholarship. Its purpose is to promote research, provide a forum for ongoing conversations on areas of mutual interest, and foster contacts and collaboration among scholars through activities such an informational online network H-NET SHERA and active participation in research conferences.

The Cambridge Courtauld Russian Art Centre (CCRAC) is a joint initiative between the Department of History of Art, University of Cambridge, and The Courtauld Institute of Art, London, to provide a forum for the investigation of Russian and Soviet art. It aims to stimulate debate, support collaborative work, and generate and disseminate research on all aspects of the visual arts, architecture, design, and exhibitions in Russia and the Soviet Union. CCRAC builds on the expertise of their combined faculty and students to provide a new focus for the investigation of Russian art, taking research and interest to a new level, while at the same time creating a dynamic interface between cutting edge research and the subject's growing audiences outside academia.  it has forged partnerships with many of Russia's main centers of art historical enquiry, organized academic exchanges, and supported the development of major exhibitions in national museums and galleries.


Executive Secretariat in Venice

 Alessia Cavallaro, Francesco Bigo 

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Conference Sponsors


The IN ARTIBUS Foundation is a non-profit organization, with the purpose of studying and popularizing classic, modern and contemporary art. The Foundation also runs a publishing program. IN ARTIBUS organizes art exhibitions in collaboration with museums, cultural foundations and private collectors both in Russia and abroad; arranges scholarly conferences; and supports international cultural initiatives. In 2014, the Foundation opened its own exhibition space. Among the realized projects: “Mikhail Roginsky. Beyond the 'Red door',” which accompanied the 14th Venice Architecture Biennale; exhibitions of Moscow school artists – Vladimir Weisberg, Boris Kasatkin and the late Ilya Mashkov, prepared in collaboration with the State Tretyakov Gallery, the State Russian Museum and Russian regional museums. In collaboration with the State Hermitage Museum, the Pushkin Museum and the Russian State Library, the Foundation organized the following exhibitions: “I Wished to Work in the Manner of Callot”; “Mikhail Roginsky. Farewell to the Pink Fence”; “Yuri Palmin”; “Inspired by Rome. By the 400th Anniversary of Salvator Rosa and Gaspard Dughe”; “Enlightenment Gothic. Vasily Bazhenov — Anniversary Year,” dedicated to the 280th anniversary of the great Russian architect. In 2018, IN ARTIBUS is planning a large-scale project dedicated to the French painter Adolphe Monticelli.

The Art Newspaper Russia is part of the world’s most comprehensive informational network in the field of art. In Russia, it is the only international publication dedicated to art, with a circulation of 70,000 copies.

Its goal is to introduce Russian-speaking audiences to art on the international scale and help integrate Russian art into the global art network. In 2014, Inna Bazhenova became the owner of the English-language edition of The Art Newspaper and its network of the international editions. The network consists of The Art Newspaper (UK and USA, founded in 1990), Il Giornale dell’Arte (Italy, 1983), Le Journal des Arts (France), Ta Nea Tis Technis (Greece) and The Art Newspaper China. These publications took as their model the world’s foremost socio-political newspapers, such as The Guardian, The New York Times, Corriere della Sera, but are devoted to the news of the art world.

The Art Newspaper network’s publications are distributed in 60 countries. Correspondents from more than 30 countries supply news and reports to the offices in London, New York, Paris, Turin, Athens, Moscow, Beijing and Hong Kong.

In 2015, the international edition of The Art Newspaper marked its 25th anniversary with events in London (the British Museum), New York (the Museum of Modern Art, MoMA), Saint Petersburg (the State Hermitage Museum), and Vatican (the Vatican Museums).

The Art Newspaper Russia’s Annual Award for achievement in the field of art was established in 2012. It is intended to promote activities that have a wide public resonance; support the artistic process; contribute to the preservation and recognition of the importance of artistic heritage; encourage private initiatives in the arts, development of the art market, promotion of Russian art abroad; and broaden the knowledge of foreign art in the country.  Its five nominations correspond to the main sections of the newspaper: Museum of the Year, Exhibition of the Year, Book of the Year, Restoration of the Year and Personal Contribution.  The recipients of the Award receive a statuette in the shape of Big Ben and the Spasskaya Tower of the Moscow Kremlin by Sergey Shekhovtsov. Each winner is announced as a part of a performance.  This year, The Art Newspaper Russia and its Award celebrated its 5th anniversary.


M.T. Abraham Foundation promotes pioneering scholarship and research in art history by organizing international traveling exhibitions of works from its collections to museums and institutions around the world. In its desire to assist and promote the appreciation of fine arts, the Foundation continues to expand its holdings with the ultimate goal of creating a wide-ranging and comprehensive permanent collection with the goal of establishing scholarships and arranging traveling exhibitions. The M. T. Abraham Foundation was established in 2004 in tribute to Mansur Tamir Abraham, who died in 1999, by his descendants, who wished to honor his memory and their continuing interest in art.


Kroll Family Trust is actively engaged in advancing cultural activities and publications in order to promote 20th-century art to broader audiences. Important examples of this art are included in its vast collections. The Trust focuses its activities on exhibitions, publications, and support for cultural institutions and foundations worldwide. These objectives are achieved first and foremost through financial support for installations, cultural events, and archival material. Kroll Family Trust believes in empowering the vital link between the arts and academia in a way that enables a greater understanding of ideas that can be appreciated by generations both young and mature. By preserving and making its collection and archive publicly accessible, the Trust strives to assist succeeding generations in the pursuit of research and education.


Kuhn & Bülow is one of the leading European fine art insurance brokers. The company was established by Michael Kuhn on February 1, 1991 in Berlin, from where it expanded internationally. At present, it has offices in Moscow, Rome, Tokyo and Zürich.  It has been active in the field of Fine Art Insurance for more than 25 years and counts several famous museums among its clients. The company offers best-rate, favorable insurance solutions with a wide-range insurance coverage and excellent premiums for museums, galleries, and private art collectors. In addition to fine art insurance, it provides many other specialized services for its customers. Kuhn & Bülow’s insurance certificates are recognized and accepted by most great museums worldwide and can be established in English, German, French, Spain, Russian and Japanese within 24 hours, which gives the company great advantage in the international market.


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