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Cambridge Courtauld Russian Art Centre (CCRAC) Conference: ‘On the Spiritual in Russian Art’

When Sep 07, 2012 09:00 AM to
Sep 08, 2012 03:00 PM
Where Pembroke College, Cambridge, CB2 1RF
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Due to the number of outstanding paper proposals received, we are delighted to announce that the programme for 'On the Spiritual in Russian Art' has been extended to include two additional sessions. The conference now will run from 7 September to the morning of 8 September.

Registration is now closed. The full programme will available here shortly.

We are delighted to announce our programme schedule, which can be found here.

Keynote Speakers:spiritual in Russian Art poster

Professor Wendy R. Salmond

(Chapman University)

Dr Oleg Tarasov

(Russian Academy of Sciences)



Louise A. Hardiman (

Nicola Kozicharow (


Supported by:

British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies (BASEES)

Department of History of Art, University of Cambridge

George Macaulay Trevelyan Fund

Faculty of History, University of Cambridge


Conference Summary

The Cambridge Courtauld Russian Art Centre (CCRAC) was founded in May 2011 on the joint initiative of Dr Rosalind Blakesley of the Department of History of Art, University of Cambridge and Professor John Milner of The Courtauld Institute of Art, London. Arising from significant research over many years among faculty and graduate students in both institutions, it aims to stimulate debate, support collaborative work, and generate and disseminate research on all aspects of the visual arts, architecture, design, and exhibitions in Russia and the Soviet Union.

This conference, CCRAC's first in Cambridge, takes as its theme the concept of the 'spiritual tradition' in Russian art, in celebration of the centenary of Vasilii Kandinskii's seminal text, Über das Geistige in der Kunst (On the Spiritual in Art) (1910-12) - arguably one of the most influential works of Russian artistic thought in the context of international modernism. We propose this banner as a stimulus for a broader discussion of the intersection between spirituality and Russian art, which ranges beyond the extensive and enduring impact of Kandinskii's well-known manifesto for new directions in art. Through such exploration, we aim to highlight the current diversity and depth of Russian and Soviet art scholarship in Britain and overseas, while also providing a forum for the reassessment of one of its most frequently recurring and critical themes.

Accommodation for non-paper giving participants 

Conference participants can find information about accommodation in Cambridge at the following URLs:

NB. The organisers are not able to help with the booking of accommodation.

It is advisable to book rooms early, as Cambridge accommodation tends to book up quickly during the long Summer vacation'.