Moscow Breakthrough:
Russian Contemporary Art in London
1–30 November
An ambitious multimedia cultural project
showing and debating contemporary Russian art and culture.

International Conference at the Courtauld Institute of Art
Friday 18 November 2005, 12–6.00pm

An international conference on Russian contemporary art will create a dialogue between academics, curators and art professionals from Russia and their UK counterparts. Chaired by Dr Sarah Wilson of the Courtauld Institute, the conference will give the participants an insight into the current state of the Russian art and initiate a debate as to its future development. It will also give academic feedback on the Moscow Breakthrough project.

For further information please email:

Ben Hanly

The Exotic in the Modern: From Gauguin and Rousseau to Surrealism
Friday 9 December 2005, 3–6.30pm
and Saturday 10 December 2005, 10.30am–6pm
Tate Modern, Starr Auditorium. Tickets £30 (£20 concessions), booking recommended, refreshments included.

This conference has been devised by Prof. Chris Green who is Curator of the exhibition Henri Rousseau: Jungles in Paris with Frances Morris of Tate Modern. It is a collaboration between Tate and the Courtauld. Rousseau’s jungle pictures used to be called exotic landscapes, because they were seen as conjuring up imaginary worlds fuelled by western fantasies. This symposium looks at the way in which the exotic was reinvented between the 1880s and the mid twentieth century.

The speakers include Petrine Archer-Straw, Elizabeth Childs, Linda Goddard, Nancy Ireson, Julia Kelly, Patricia Leighten, Robert McNab and the curators of Henri Rousseau: Jungles in Paris, Chris Green and Frances Morris.

For further information please contact Tate: 020 7887 8888

Hermitage Rooms Special Lectures
Thursday 17 November 2005, 6.30pm
Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House, Aldwych

To mark the new alliance between the Courtauld Institute of Art and the State Hermitage Museum, Professor Mikhail Piotrovsky, Director of The Hermitage, will give the first in a new series of lectures entitled ‘The Hermitage Style of Collecting’ and promises to provide a fascinating insight into the history of one of the world’s greatest museums. For tickets, which are priced £10, please call 020 7420 9406 or email

Barnaby Wright