The Museum After the Revolution

28 Apr 2017 – 29 Apr 2017

Event times

Friday 28 April, 5pm
Saturday 29 April, 9am – 5:30pm

Cost of entry

Free, with a deposit of £5 to be refunded after you attend


London, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • Buses: 8, 388, 26, 35, 47, 48, 67, 78, 135, 149, 242 and 243
  • Tube: Liverpool Street, Old Street, Bethnal Green, Aldgate East

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How do museums and curators feel the effects of the Russian Revolution? Find out at this two-day conference led by Calvert 22 Foundation and the State Hermitage Museum


As part of The Future Remains: Revisiting Revolution, Calvert 22 Foundation and the State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg, are pleased to present this two-day conference dedicated to museums and their collections in partnership with the European University at St PetersburgUCLThe Vladimir Potanin Foundation, and Rich Mix

Friday 28 April, 5pm
Keynote speech and evening reception at Calvert 22 Space

Saturday 29 April, 9am – 5:30pm
Panel discussions at Rich Mix

Full programme to be announced soon.

The Winter Palace, the Hermitage Museum’s current home, was at the centre of events in St Petersburg, 1917. The subsequent seismic political shifts saw the Hermitage transformed from imperial to state property. Its collections were deeply affected by Soviet government policy and new models of museology that would be developed over the following seventy years.

How do museums that were once part of the Soviet bloc reflect on this history today? In particular, how do they deal with the gaps, violent ruptures and contradictions that characterised the 20th century? What specific problems – and also potential strengths – can be identified as a result of these histories? 

We will address the impact of the Revolution on museums, taking the Hermitage as its starting point, with a particular focus on modern and contemporary collections.

To accompany The Museum After the Revolution, an exhibition of archival images from the State Hermitage Museum will be on display at Calvert 22 Space from Friday 28 – Sunday 30 April, 12pm – 6pm. More information can be found here.

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