The conference «Russia in the international cultural dialogue»

Professional event flow / Сreative industry and Urban science

02.12.2016 10:00 - 11:30

General Staff Building of the State Hermitage, Dvortsovaya Square, 6/8


Culture and architecture are the best means of communication between countries and communities, they are especially important in the atmosphere of complicated international relations. While official circles are in a state of heated debate, the cultural sphere has achieved significant progress. Russia has presented its pavilion at Expo-2015 in Milan, later an exposition, dedicated to the renovation of the «VDNKh» at the Architecture Biennale in Venice this year.

The construction site of the «Zaryadye» park by the Kremlin received the highest evaluation of the UNESCO experts. Each year the Moscow Urban Forum is attended by dozens of foreign experts in the sphere of architecture, city development, urban studies to share experience and discuss new trends. Foreign architects take active part in contests for the opportunity to design city blocks, cultural objects, rebuild industrial blocks etc. Besides that, it appeared possible to establish ties with foreign museums and galleries and organize joint exhibitions and projects in the sphere of arts.


At the beginning of the session Martin Rot (ex-director of the Victoria and Albert museum in London) will present a report on the development of cultural space: «Russia is rising, and Moscow is the center of the process. The government doesn’t talk too much about the expansion of public space, planting works in the city, renovating historic monuments, museums and basically just they just do their job. It seems that everything is based on details, starts with details, but that is precisely what an average citizen needs, what changes his life. As for museums, I am sure that they should develop not just in the context of functionality, but also in terms of the content. This is because a cultural center without a serious unique collection is worthless. This is important to remember when constructing new museums and reconstructing old ones» 


Christine Feireiss

German architect, Ph.D, architecture critic, curator, writer and editor


Sergei Kuznetsov, chief architect of Moscow

Semyon Mikhailovsky, rector of the State Academic Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture. IE Repin, Commissioner of the Russian Pavilion at the XV Biennial of Architecture in Venice

David Adjaye, architect, founder of Adjaye Associates Office

Teresa Mavika, Director of the "Victoria - art of being modern» Russian Fund (V-A-C)

Martin Rot, the former director of London's Victoria and Albert Museum