World of Art at the Weisman

26 October 2005
Painting from Weisman exhibit
Painting from Weisman exhibit

From now through the end of 2005, The Weisman Art Museum on the campus of the University of Minnesota is hosting the exhibit “Mir Iskusstva: Russia’s Age of Elegance,” featuring over ninety paintings and designs from beginning of the 20th century on loan from the State Russian Museum in St. Petersburg.

Fifteen Carleton students visited the exhibit on opening day and listened to an introductory lecture by renowned scholar John Bowlt from USC. Professor Bowlt’s lecture focussed on four of the movement’s founding members, Sergei Diaghilev, Alexandre Benois, Léon Bakst, and Konstantin Somov. Students who recently returned from the Carleton Russia Program were astounded to see some of the Russian Museum’s most famous paintings of the era on the walls of the Weisman, including Nathan Altman’s famous portrait of the poet Anna Akhmatova.

Portrait of poet Anna Akhmatova
Portrait of poet Anna Akhmatova

Members of Anna Dotlibova’s class on 19th century culture will return to the exhibition on November 3 to hear excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin performed in the galleries. More information on the exhibit and associated events can be found on the Weisman website.