The Art and Science of Museums
Museum Science, Preservation, Restoration
Russia's rich cultural heritage is complimented by a unique emphasis that Russians place on history and education. This has helped Russia produce one of the world's most extensive museum systems, one well-known not only for impressive collections but also thematic versatility, multiplicity of display modes, and sheer number of institutions. With private and public support, many of Russia's museums are being modernized and new museums are being established. Russians have also supported this as some of the world's most avid museum enthusiasts.
The Art and Science of Museums seeks to understand the Russian museum phenomenon and covers wide subject matter. Topics include: the history of collecting, the "museumification" of historic and cultural sites, museum operations (e.g. storage facilities, restoration labs, exhibition curation, education, and development), integration of technology and interactivity, and museum educational work.
The Art and Science of Museums is for students looking to understand how cultural and historical heritage can be best preserved and transmitted. Over an intensive three weeks in beautiful St. Petersburg, Russia, we will take a behind-the-scenes look at the Hermitage Museum, and explore a plethora of others including educational museums at schools of higher learning, scientific museums, museums of ethnography, memorial apartment museums, literary museums, political history museums, and more.
Art & Museums in Russia
Study creativity, ingenuity, and beauty in St. Petersburg!
Art & Museums in Russia is a venue-based program for students, educators, curators, museum professionals, and anyone interested in art. By exploring the collections of and facilities at The Hermitage, The Russian Museum, and other famous museums of St. Petersburg's, you will learn about art in a way not possible in a normal classroom.
This intensive program includes a series of fascinating seminars hosted in St. Petersburg, Russia's cultural capital and one of Europe's most vibrant artistic centers. In addition to a comprehensive study of art history from the perspective of Russia, you will choose between two tracks: studio art or museum studies and art preservation. Individually tailored programs, research guidance, post-study travel or language study are also available. Inquire for more information.
By discussing these topics with Russian professionals, you'll gain unique perspectives from a culture whose art has survived war, censorship, revolutions, and several economic crises. This has lead to creativity and ingenuity in Russia not only in how to create art, but also in how to display and preserve it. Art & Museums in Russia seeks to help transmit this knowledge to the West, while opening international dialogues between artists and professionals.
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