Lecture: Porcelain Figures of "The Nationalities of Russia," presented by Tina Khmelnitskaya

Thursday 8 May 2014 5:30pm - 7:30pmTickets available
$20, $10 Member, $7 Student

Location: Visitor Center Theater

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At the request of Tsar Nicholas II, a set of porcelain figures that describe the history of Russia’s diverse cultural heritage was created between 1907 and 1917 by Pavel P. Kamensky at the Imperial Porcelain Factory in St. Petersburg. The Nationalities of Russia series celebrates the ideal of respect of different ethnic cultures, and promotes the idea of “living together while remaining different.”

These figures were commissioned as the Russian government shifted away from the Russification policies of the early 1900s. During this time, the Russian Empire underwent a tumultuous period of interethnic strain and strife. Economic problems and social conflict were compounded by these policies. Under the pressure of public opinion, the government revised the national policy.

Some of these fascinating figures are now part of Hillwood’s collection. This lecture presents more about the entire series of figures, commissioned as the Russian government publically embraced the population’s diversity.


5:30-6:30 pm Mansion and Passion of the Empress open for touring. A Hillwood curator will be stationed in the Mansion to help you explore more about this evening's topic.

6:30-7:30 pm Lecture


About the Speaker

Dr. Ekaterina Khmelnitskaya—who goes by Tina—is a curator of the Russian Porcelain and Ceramics collection of the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg. 

A 2001 graduate of St. Petersburg State University, she defended her doctoral dissertation in 2007 on the styles of the interiors of the palace of the Romanov Grand Duke Vladimir. Since 2001, she has worked at the State Hermitage Museum, and since 2003 she has been a curator of Russian porcelain.  She has received research support for work in Germany from the German Chancellor Fellowship and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, and from the Max-Planck-Institut for research in Italy—Florence in 2010 and Rome in 2011. In 2012 she was a Fulbright Scholar at the Library of Congress and a Visiting Scholar at Stanford’s Center on Russian, Eastern European and Eurasian Studies.

Tina is the author of more than 50 scholarly publications, including guidebooks as well as scholarly articles and 8 books on the porcelain collection of the State Hermitage Museum and about independent contemporary artists. She participated in organizing over twenty Hermitage exhibitions, including exhibitions in Japan, Germany, and Scotland as well as Russia.  She was in charge of  two porcelain exhibitions: “Under the Imperial Monogram: Porcelain from the collection of the State Hermitage Museum” (with Irina Bagdasarova) at the Kremlin in Moscow, 2007; and “Heraldry on Russian Porcelain” (with Irina Bagdasarova) at the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg in 2008.

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