Actual Problems of Theory and History of Art

AP2018 poster ENG 

Actual Problems of Theory and History of Art conference is an international academic forum held biannually by Lomonosov Moscow State University and Saint Petersburg State University, supported by major Russian museums. The conference takes place alternately in Moscow and Saint Petersburg. In Saint Petersburg, the State Hermitage Museum acts as its permanent partner. In 2018, the conference is held in Moscow, with the State Tretyakov Gallery as partner museum.

The conference is dedicated to a wide range of issues related to history and theory of visual arts and architecture, conservation and interpretation of Russian and international cultural heritage, and interaction between academic science and museum experience. The chronological scope of this interdisciplinary forum spans from prehistoric era to contemporary stage. The conference welcomes art historians, culture theorists, archaeologists, art conservators, museum practitioners, and other humanities scholars whose research areas include architecture, visual and decorative arts.

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The conference of 2018 focuses on the topic of Borders and Horizons.

Throughout the history of human civilization, art has provoked thought and discussion, and presented almost infinite possibilities for interpretation. Or are they rather finite, and defined by borders? Or maybe not by borders but rather by a horizon that seems to be a limit, and yet opens new perspectives?

Current flow of information resembles an avalanche, and scholars need to crystallize knowledge, reveal the structure of phenomena and vectors of development, select the important things and dispose of unnecessary ones. The broader the circle of knowledge, the farther the boundaries of the unknown are being pushed. What has long been known and what has just been found constantly interact, creating new meanings and deconstructing the old ones. This process involves not only the academics but all art lovers and museum visitors alike – every exhibition, every research or conservation project leads to the revision of borders and broadening of horizons.

Are there borders that define our perception of art? Do conventional boundaries between genres, media, schools, styles, and epochs make any sense? Are geographical, historical and political borders essential for the artistic process? Where are the borderlines between the local and the global, and where do they intersect? Which rules and limitations influence the artistic development, how and why are they being broken? What can transgression of canons lead to? Where is the horizon toward which art is moving today, and what happens next?

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The program of the conference includes over 300 presentations, participants from over 20 countries, plenary session and 14 thematic sections.

Program of the conference (PDF) 

 

Conference venues:

Lomonosov Moscow State University, Faculty of History
Shuvalovsky Building of the MSU, 27 build. 4 Lomonosovsky Avenue

State Tretyakov Gallery
Inzhenerny Building (lecture hall), 12 Lavrushinsky Lane (entrance from Maly Tolmachevsky Lane)
New Tretyakov (conference room), 10 Krymsky Val

 

Visitor registration (open through September 28) 

 

Organizing Committee of the conference

Co-Chairmen of the Committee:

  • Abdulla Daudov, Director of the Institute for History at Saint Petersburg State University (Saint Petersburg, Russia);
  • Mikhail Piotrovsky, Director General of the State Hermitage Museum (Saint Petersburg, Russia);
  • Zelfira Tregulova, Director General of the State Tretyakov Gallery (Moscow, Russia);
  • Ivan Tuchkov, Dean of the Faculty of History at Lomonosov Moscow State University (Moscow, Russia). 

Organizing Committee of the 2018 conference:

  • Larisa Bobkova, State Tretyakov Gallery (Moscow, Russia);
  • Elena Efimova, Lomonosov Moscow State University (Moscow, Russia);
  • Marina Elzesser, State Tretyakov Gallery (Moscow, Russia);
  • Irina Gorlova, State Tretyakov Gallery (Moscow, Russia);
  • Anna Guseva, National Research University ‘Higher School of Economics’ (Moscow, Russia);
  • Zara Hakobyan, Yerevan State University (Yerevan, Armenia);
  • Antonio Iacobini, La Sapienza University (Rome, Italy);
  • Nadia Jijina, State Hermitage Museum (Saint Petersburg, Russia);
  • Andrey Karev, Lomonosov Moscow State University (Moscow, Russia);
  • Tatiana Karpova, State Tretyakov Gallery (Moscow, Russia);
  • Armen Kazaryan, State Institute for Art Studies (Moscow, Russia);
  • Támas Kisbali, Lomonosov Moscow State University (Moscow, Russia);
  • Ekaterina Kochetkova, Lomonosov Moscow State University (Moscow, Russia);
  • Marina Lopukhova, Lomonosov Moscow State University (Moscow, Russia);
  • Svetlana Maltseva, Saint Petersburg State University (Saint Petersburg, Russia);
  • Nadezhda Nalimova, Lomonosov Moscow State University (Moscow, Russia);
  • Anna Pozhidaeva, National Research University ‘Higher School of Economics’ (Moscow, Russia);
  • Alexander Preobrazhensky, Lomonosov Moscow State University (Moscow, Russia);
  • Daria Pyrkina, State Tretyakov Gallery (Moscow, Russia);
  • Ekaterina Skvortsova, Saint Petersburg State University (Saint Petersburg, Russia);
  • Maria Sokolova, Lomonosov Moscow State University (Moscow, Russia);
  • Ekaterina Stanyukovich-Denisova, Saint Petersburg State University (Saint Petersburg, Russia);
  • Ivan Stevovic, University of Belgrade (Belgrade, Serbia);
  • Marina Toropygina, Gerasimov Russian State University of Cinematography (Moscow, Russia);
  • Anna Trofimova, State Hermitage Museum (Saint Petersburg, Russia);
  • Anastasia Yarmosh, Saint Petersburg State University (Saint Petersburg, Russia);
  • Tatiana Yudkevich, State Tretyakov Gallery (Moscow, Russia);
  • Anna Zakharova, Lomonosov Moscow State University (Moscow, Russia).