EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMME RUN BY THE BRITISH COUNCIL AND THE STATE TRETYAKOV GALLERY DURING THE “FROM ELIZABETH TO VICTORIA: ENGLISH PORTRAITS FROM THE NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY COLLECTION” EXHIBITION
Both the UK and Russia have widely-spoken languages and rich literary traditions. We share a deeply held respect for each other’s culture and literature. Therefore, we are proud to announce an unprecedented cultural exchange project: the National Portrait Gallery and the State Tretyakov Gallery are to exchange their collections as part of the UK-Russia Year of Language and Literature 2016 thus continuing this significant collaboration between the UK and Russia.
Portraits of some of Russia’s greatest cultural figures, including Tolstoy, Tchaikovsky and Mussorgsky will be on display at the National Portrait Gallery in London from March to June 2016, and from April until July visitors of the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow will have a chance to see portraits of Shakespeare, Isaac Newton, Charles Dickens, Elizabeth I and many more famous Britons whose influence on the political, intellectual and scientific history can hardly be overestimated.
As part of the educational programme run in parallel with the exhibition the British Council will present lectures about the life of people in portraits and the epoch they lived in.
11 public evening lectures will take place at the Tretyakov Gallery where leading British and Russian writers, curators, journalists and academics will focus on 400 years of British history in portraits – from Elizabeth to Victoria.
Lectures will cover a wide range of topics and events: the history of neo-court culture in England, how Shakespeare's works spread around the world, the role of women in the XVIII century, the origins of feminism, the life of James Cook and the development of the UK as a maritime power, Darwin's theory, political satire of William Hogarth and Lawrence Sterne, Victorian literature, how the Royal Academy of Arts was formed, the legacy of Charles Dickens, and the confrontation between Charles I and John Milton.