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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

Program: Russia: collectors, art and music of the early 20th century
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: The origins of the city in 1703 with reference to the urban plan’s classical rigour. The three major streets, including Nevsky Prospekt, converging on the Admiralty Building and the significance of the Winter Palace (the Hermitage). We will consider the connection between St Petersburg and Helsinki, which pertained to a ceremonial path culminating in the latter’s classical urban centre. The break from tradition is identified in the most compelling architectural scheme associated with the revolution, namely Tatlin’s project for the Monument to the Third International (1919–20). This talk provides opportunities to reflect on similarities and differences between St Petersburg and Sydney.

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.

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