Centre for Studies in Russian Art

The Centre for Studies in Russian Art was established by Ca’ Foscari University of Venice.

It was officially inaugurated on 6 March 2011 and was soon acknowledged as one of the most important research institutes in the field of Russian art and culture in Europe.

Upcoming events CSAR  2021/2022

The Lotman Method

Study day on the occasion of the centenary of the birth of Yuri Lotman

Thursday 12 May from 9.30 to 19.00 in Aula magna Trentin – Ca’ Dolfin will be held an international study day dedicated to “the Lotman method” curated by Silvia Burini and Angela Mengoni as part of the Ph.D. in History of the Arts of the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice.
The centenary of Jurij Lotman's birth has prompted a renewed interest in Lotman's semiotics and has generated new editions of his works. The occasion of a centenary, however, is always risky. It can lead to overindulgence in the canonical ritual and celebration of a piece of history or, worse, the celebration of the master’s epigones. Considering that Lotman was born a century ago and died almost thirty years ago, it is a long enough time to verify whether his method was inextricably linked to his personal ability as an interpreter of the world, or if it retains its effectiveness and its relevance, even as applied by others.
Beyond the admiration that surrounded him - especially in the last decades of his Magisterium - in the West, Lotman's thought and the tools he honed have often had marginal results (in the contemplation of the arts, literature, theater, urban scenarios etc.) and have not always been ascribed their current merit.
In a cultural framework that in many respects has experienced radical transformations compared to those investigated by the scholar, the verification of the topicality and applicability of his method seems to us the most important objective of its critical analyses.

Free admission until available seats are exhausted.The use of the FFP2 mask is mandatory to participate.

To follow remotely: Zoom link.

Research laboratory dedicated to the inventory, digitisation and scientific description of Giuseppe Biancani's postcard collection. 

Giuseppe Biancani was an important figure in the Piedmontese anti-fascist movement. He took part in the Resistance under the nom de guerre 'Matteo', and then worked in the Cuneo PCI after the war, holding various political and administrative posts. He was one of the founders of the Historical Institute of the Resistance in Cuneo and was a member of the leadership of the Italy-USSR Association.
His collection of postcards, donated to the centre by his heirs, is made up of around 13,000 pieces, mostly from the Soviet era, published between the early 20th century and 1981, the year of the collector's death.
They are in an excellent state of preservation, mostly intact and without any inscriptions on the reverse or stamps. In addition to a substantial number of postcards bearing reproductions of works of art, the most valuable part of the Biancani collection is made up of graphic postcards, issued on the occasion of festivities or important state anniversaries, such as the first of May, the anniversaries of the October Revolution or the victory of the Great Patriotic War (as the Second World War was and still is called in Russia).
As can be deduced from the correspondence Biancani had with numerous international collectors (also kept at the CSAR), the collector's interest was mainly in the political aspect, which was central to his entire biography. The richness and temporal extent of the corpus thus make it possible to analyse the evolution of Soviet iconography in its most everyday, domestic form, from the origins of the USSR until shortly before its dissolution. This type of publication, thanks to its format, large print runs and affordability, embodied the "popular" principles of real-socialist art, allowing for the education of the masses and a widespread penetration of the "Soviet discourse" into the private spaces of citizens. Although the name of the editorial graphic designer is always written on the verso, most of these were anonymous figures, who were well suited to the process of depersonalisation and collectivisation of the artistic process advocated by the state.
The first step in the laboratory will be to digitise the front and back of more than 2,000 prints. The printed text of the postcards will be inventoried, transcribed and translated, and made available online. At the same time, this precious resource will be studied and exploited from a scientific point of view. The laboratory will involve a research grant-holder, a technical collaborator, Ph.D. students, and Ca’ Foscari students as trainees.

Seeing the invisible

The icons of the Intesa Sanpaolo collection in dialogue with the works of the contemporary artist Valer Koshlyakov.

Do not miss the new exhibition "Vedere l'invisibile", curated by Silvia Burini and Giuseppe Barbieri at Gallerie d'Italia - Palazzo Leoni Montanari in Vicenza.

From 3 July 2021 to 3 July 2022.

For more information: La magia delle icone, fra spiritualità e arte (Gallerie d'Italia) [ITA]