Date
Monday 26 February 2018 to Wednesday 28 February 2018
Location
Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts

The British Council and the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts are hosting the International Research Vipper Conference, with talks by Peter Osborne, Professor of Modern European Philosophy and Director of the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy (CRMEP) at Kingston University London and Matthew Gale, Head of Displays and Curator (Modern Art) at Tate Modern.

About the Vipper Conference

The conference, first held 50 years ago in 1968, this year will run from 26-28 February at the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts under the title ‘Classics and Contemporaneity. Reflections’. It is linked to the Pushkin XXI - a museums' upcoming programme and branch. Participants include professionals such as museum directors, curators, artists, and academics from across Russia as well as the United Kingdom, Belgium, Germany, Denmark, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway,  Switzerland and the USA. Among the speakers are Kasper Koenig, Matthew Gale, and Peter Osborne. 

The conference programme includes series of events adjust for a wider audience. 

Full programme can be found on the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts website. 

Talks by Peter Osborne and Matthew Gale

26 February

Hall 30, the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts (Main building)

12 Volkhonka Street

Peter Osborne: "Contemporising the classical / classicising the contemporary"

Session: Vipper Readings. Problematics.

This session begins at 10 am. 

27 February

Hall 30, the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts (Main building)

12 Volkhonka Street

 

Matthew Gale: "Permanence and change: some thoughts on displaying the collection at Tate Modern"

Session: The threats and challenges of modernity in the museum New classics and new collections.

This session begins at 2 pm. 

About the speakers

Peter Osborne is Professor of Modern European Philosophy and Director of the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy (CRMEP), Kingston University London. He has held Visiting Chairs in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Paris 8 (2014), the Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm (2015) and Yale University School of Art (2017). His books include "The Politics of Time: Modernity and Avant-Garde" (1995; 2011), "Philosophy in Cultural Theory" (2000), "Conceptual Art" (2002), "Anywhere or Not at All: Philosophy of Contemporary Art" (2013) and "The Postconceptual Condition" (January 2018).

Peter Osborne has contributed with essays to many catalogues including Manifesta 5, Tate Modern, Biennale of Sydney, Walker Art Center Minneapolis, National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design Oslo, CGAC in Santiago de Compostela and Reina Sofia, Madrid. He was co-curator of the Norwegian Representation at the Venice Biennale (2011) and key-note speaker at the 2nd World Biennial Forum in São Paulo (2014) on Making Biennials in Contemporary Times.

Matthew Gale joined Tate in 1995 and is now Head of Displays and Curator (Modern Art) at Tate Modern. He is responsible for seasonal re-expositions of the permanent collection and temporary exhibitions. His research interests concern international exchanges in the first half of the 20th century. He curated and co-curated a number of large-scale exhibitions including Giorgio Morandi (2001), Constantin Brancusi: The Essence of Things (2004), Dalí & Film (2007), Francis Bacon (2008), Futurism (2009), Arshile Gorky (2010), Joan Miró: The Ladder of Escape (2011),  Paul Klee: Making Visible (2014), Wifredo Lam (2016) and Red Star Over Russia: A Revolution in Visual Culture 1905-55 (2017). 

Matthew Gale holds a PhD from the Courtauld Institute of Art in London. In his thesis, he explored the relationship between Giorgio de Chirico’s paintings and intellectual circles in Italy and France. His publications are mainly on surrealism and related issues. He has a long-standing expertise in matters relating to provenance research.