Russian Culture IN Exile (1921 - 1953)


14.00 – 18.30, Friday 2 November (with registration from 13.30)
10.45 – 17.00, Saturday 3 November (with registration from 10.15)

Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre, The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 0RN

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K. SunvissonIllustration by Karin Sunvisson © Courtesy of the artistSpeaker(s): 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), 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).

Ticket/entry details: £26 (£16 students, Courtauld staff/students and concessions)
BOOK ONLINE:   Or send a cheque made payable to ‘Courtauld Institute of Art’ to: Research Forum Events Co-ordinator, Research Forum, The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 0RN, stating the event title ‘Russian Culture in Exile’ conference. For further information, email

Organised by: Natalia Murray (The Courtauld Institute of Art) and Maria Kokkori (The Art Institute of Chicago).

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.

In the context of this conference the following themes will be examined: 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 Natalia Murray's book The Unsung Hero of the Russian Avant-Garde. The Life and Times of Nikolay Punin, which was published by Brill Academic Publishers in June 2012.

This international event is organised by Dr. Maria Kokkori (Art Institute of Chicago) and Dr. Natalia Murray (The Courtauld Institute of Art) on behalf of the Cambridge Courtauld Russian Art Centre.

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