Konstantin Akinsha is an art historian, curator and cultural journalist. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Edinburgh in 2013. Among his journalistic awards are George Polk Memorial Award for Reporting on Culture (1991), Clarion Award for Cultural Journalism (2009), the Society of Silurians Excellence in Journalism Award (2009). His main research interest is Russian art of the end of the 19th – the first half of the 20th century.
Over a hundred years ago leading Viennese artists and critics were turning their gazes towards Russia, and this was reciprocated with great interest. This fascinating discovery in art history is the starting point for the research of Konstantin Akinsha. His specialism is the period between 1900 and 1908 when Paris was the undisputed center of the art world. In Vienna during this time, work by Russian artists like Mikhail Vrubel, Valentin Serov, and Boris Kustodiev, were exhibited and gained recognition on the Secession’s initiative. Kustodiev’s Family Portrait (1905), for example, was acquired for the collection of today’s Belvedere in 1908. In turn, Secession exhibitions, with big names like Klimt, were discussed in Russian art magazines, for example by Leon Trotsky who was then in exile in Vienna. Shedding light on the development, extent, and intensity of this mutual reception is the research objective of the Ukrainian curator during his residency.
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