Senior Teaching and Research Fellow, University of Sofia
(February – April 2018)
Justifications of Wealth: Art Patronage in Russia Before the Revolution and Now
In this project, I will consider art patronage in Russia at the beginning of the twentieth century up to 1917, and at the beginning of the twenty-first century up to the present. I will suggest that, in both periods, a specific discourse develops around patronage, which is framed in religious terms with clear Christian-Orthodox associations. I will ask why, and under what conditions, the discourse of “religious giving,” first formulated in Late Antiquity, reappeared in the modern period particularly in Russia.
Previous stays at the IWM:
June 2011 – May 2013, Lise Meitner Visiting Fellow