Garden culture in Russia
International symposium from May 9-11, 2012
The symposium is devoted to garden culture in Russia and for the first time provides an interdisciplinary forum for German-Russian scientific exchange on this topic. The event intends to bring together current research in individual disciplines such as the history of architecture and art, the study of gardens, literature, theatre and music and ethnography and to explore the existing and future scope for interdisciplinary access to garden culture in Russia.
As regards contents, the event focuses on the following topics: “The garden and the world it interacts with”, “The garden and other arts” and “The garden and its people”. In the first main topic we are concerned with courtly garden culture, gardens of Russian country estates and the datcha as a phenomenon of Russian everyday life as well as with urban recreational space from the Soviet era. The second main topic takes a look at the country estates as places of yearning and escape. We will not only investigate how a myth was formed in literature, but also reflect on the iconography of gardens in book art, fine arts and modern architecture. Furthermore we will examine the role of theatre in the aristocratic country estates. Finally, the significance of music in the parks and gardens of the country residences and the artistic representation of gardens on porcelain will also be discussed. In the third main topic the focus will be on the owners of country estates, writers, painters, musicians and politicians as the protagonists of garden culture. The specific topics in this context will look at gardens and Russian folklore, the new garden aesthetics in the Russian province, the popularisation of garden culture through writing poetry and erecting buildings and gardens of the literary establishment.
As part of the event’s supporting programme there will be a public concert in the Kreuzkirche in Hannover on 9 May 2012 from 7.30 pm, with violin sonatas by Haydn, Mozart and Anton Ferdinand Titz (violin: Ulla Bundies, pianoforte: Assen Boyadjiev; see the attached comprehensive programme for more information). The symposium is taking place in the context of the Russian weeks at German universities in 2012 on the occasion of the German-Russian Year of Education, Science and Innovation 2011/2012 and is supported by the Stiftung zur Förderung der Hochschulrektorenkonferenz (HRK; Foundation for Promoting the German Rectors’ Conference).