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Russia: 3. St Petersburg: the city and its monuments / The exhibition: 'Masters of modern art from the Hermitage'

Saturday, 24 November 2018 10.30am to Saturday, 24 November 2018 12.30pm

Venue: Domain Theatre
Lecturer: Peter Kohane and Peter Raissis

St Petersburg: the city and its monuments
Peter Kohane

This talk explores the architecture of St Petersburg and the paintings in the current exhibition. We begin by referring to the classical order of the city, which is evident in its adorned buildings, including the the Winter Palace (the Hermitage). The classical tradition underscores a connection between St Petersburg and Helsinki. The lecture also discusses the richly embellished stair hall of the Hermitage. We then look to the twentieth century rejection of ornament in architecture. This prompts a discussion of key paintings in the exhibition, which assume the role of representing the inner significance of people and nature. The most compelling modern architectural scheme is Tatlin’s project for the Monument to the Third International (1919–20).

The exhibition: 'Masters of modern art from the Hermitage'
Peter Raissis

Join AGNSW’s Curator of European Prints, Drawings and Watercolours Peter Raissis as he provides an overview of the exhibition 'Masters of modern art from the Hermitage' from a curatorial perspective and how this exhibition documents the seismic shifts that took place in European painting in the years after 1900 and encapsulates a defining moment in art history.