Exhibition/Display Details

Russian Art at the Ashmolean Museum

7 Oct 2014 to 11 Jan 2015

Visit our Modern Art Gallery this autumn to see a stunning selection of Russian artworks in the Gallery's slide-out drawers. The Ashmolean is home to an important collection of Russian art that, for conservation reasons, cannot be displayed permanently.

On temporary display in the Gallery will be Leonid Pasternak's portrait of his two sons, Boris and Alexander, as well as a selection of watercolours and drawings by fellow Russian artists Konstantin Somov, Alexander Benois and Leon Bakst.

Born in Odessa in 1862, Pasternak is best known for his portraits, especially those of Tolstoy and his family. He became a popular painter in Russia, as well as a renowned teacher in Moscow, and his art was exhibited internationally. He moved to Oxford in 1938, where he died seven years later.

Image © The Pasternak Trust, courtesy of the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

Gallery 62 | Admission Free

Free Gallery Talk

Leonid Pasternak to Mir Iskusstva: the Russian Art World in the 1900s
With Dr Galina Mardilovich, independent scholar
Tuesday 28 October, 2.30?3.15pm, Gallery 21

Discover the treasures of the Ashmolean with this great introduction to the Museum. The talk is free and no booking is required.


Eating Restoration Glue to Stay Alive: A History of the Hermitage
With Dr Rosalind P Blakesley, University of Cambridge
Wednesday 22 October, 11am–12pm, Lecture Theatre

The Hermitage is an institution like no other, housing over 3 million objects in buildings such as the iconic Winter Palace, seat of the Romanov dynasty until its spectacular fall from grace in 1917. As the Hermitage celebrates its 250th anniversary, Dr Blakesley charts its history from the lavish patronage of Catherine the Great to the unparalleled acquisitions of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist works. Tickets are £5/£4 concessions and booking is recommended as places are limited. Follow this link to book online.

Childhood in a New Age: Adults Look at Children, Children Look at Themselves in Russia, 1890?1920
With Professor Catriona Kelly, University of Oxford
Saturday 8 November, 11am–12pm, Lecture Theatre

During the late 19th and 20th centuries, the Russian Empire underwent a period of hectic change at every level. This talk, based on the literature and visual arts of the period, as well as journalism, family history and the writings of children, explores how the massive changes of the era affected the Empire's youngest citizens. Tickets are £5/£4 concessions and booking is recommended as places are limited. Follow this link to book online.

Study Room Visit

Highlights of the Russian collection
With Dr Caroline Palmer, Print Room Assistant
Thursday 13 November, 3.45–4.45pm

Discover the Ashmolean's Russian prints and drawings, from views of St Petersburg to designs for the Ballets Russes. The Ashmolean is home to over 1 million remarkable objects and works of art – only a fraction of which is on display at any one time. Places are free, with a recommended donation of £5. Booking is essential as numbers are limited to 10. Follow this link to book online.


OXUS Russian Hour
Sunday 9 November, 12-1pm, Lecture Theatre

String quartet OXUS (Kate Bailey, Louise Graham, Heather Birt and Spike Wilson) perform music by Borodin, Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich. Tickets are £6/£5 concessions, or free for under-18s. No booking is required, please pay on the door.