The European Biennial of Contemporary Art

28 June 31 October 2014

St. Petersburg, Russia The State Hermitage Museum

Can Contemporary Art Mix with Old Masters?

posted on: April 24, 2014, 12:50 p.m.

Can Contemporary Art Mix with Old Masters?

A call to Londoners, on Wednesday 30 April MANIFESTA 10 in collaboration with the Hermitage Museum are holding a free symposium questioning: "Can Contemporary Art Mix with Old Masters?", hosted by King's College London. The conference includes speakers: Prof. Mikhail Piotrovsky, the Director of the State Hermitage Museum, Prof. Kasper König, Chief Curator of MANIFESTA 10, Dr. Neil McGregor, the Director of the British Museum, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Co-Director, Exhibitions & Programmes of the Serpentine Galleries, Prof. Sarah Wilson, Curator at the Courtauld Institute of Art, Ekow Eshun, Creative Director of the Calvert 22 Foundation and Dr. Dmitry Ozerkov, Head of Contemporary Art at the State Hermitage Museum.

Please see the invitation attached for further information on all the speakers' papers and timings 

If you are interested in attending the conference please register by emailing: We hope to see you all there!

Can Contemporary Art Mix with Old Masters?

Wednesday, 30 April 2014  Safra Lecture Theatre, King’s College London Strand, London WC2R 2LS

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  • 11:00am Welcome Remarks by Prof. Evelyn Welch Vice Principal, Arts & Sciences  King’s College London
  • 11:30am “Contemporary Art in an Encyclopaedic Museum” Prof. Mikhail Piotrovsky  Director The State Hermitage Museum
  • 12:00pm “Homage to the Hermitage” Prof. Kaspar König Chief Curator  MANIFESTA 10
  • 12:30pm “The Fruitful Conversation: Contemporary Art in the British Museum” Dr. Neil McGregor Director British Museum
  • 1:00pm Q&A
  • 1:30pm - 2:30pm Lunch
  • 2:30pm  “Retrace Your Steps: Remember Tomorrow”  Hans Ulrich Obrist  Co-Director, Exhibitions & Programmes  Serpentine Galleries
  • 3:00pm  “Artemisia Gentileschi and Contemporary Art”  Prof. Sarah Wilson  Curator Courtauld Institute of Art
  • 3:30pm  “Contemporary Images of Russia in an Historic Context” Ekow Eshun Creative Director Calvert 22 Foundation
  • 4:00pm  “Matching the Contemporary with ‘Old Art’ ” Dr. Dmitry Ozerkov  Head of Contemporary Art The State Hermitage Museum
  • 4:30pm Q&A
  • 5:30pm Closing Reception