The conference will take into consideration any paper considering the theme of collector culture of the Russian Avant-garde. The conference does not aim to introduce or present new collections that have not been documented yet. To avoid controversies about disputed collections, we will be hesitant to consider topics concerning recently discovered collections, or collections that have not yet been critically assessed in the field.

Subjects for consideration

-How did collectors mediate and foster the continuity, legacy and lineage of Russian modernist art forms?
-Can new archival theories broaden or change our perspective on Soviet collections of modernist art?
-How did official and unofficial collecting practices interact in the various historical timeframes in the Soviet Union?  In this frame I would add the issue of rehabilitation of the unofficial art when such private collections transition to public. This is of special importance for the way the big museums like the State Russian Museum and the Tretyakov Gallery handled their existing (and slowly but still expanding) collections of Avant-garde art, but also for the unique museum collection of modernist art in Nukus, Uzbekistan.

Main language will be English with a limited availability for submissions in Russian.

Every speaker will talk for 20 minutes, followed by a 10-minute discussion.
Abstracts (max 350 words) accompanied by a short biography (max 50 words) should be submitted at
Abstract Submission Deadline: June 20, 2021