Hostile toward both the Academy of Arts and 19th century Realism, the World of Art artistic movement owed its singular vision, practical organization, and public success largely to Sergey Diaghilev, who in November 1898 launched the celebrated magazine of the same name (Mir Iskusstva [World of Art], St. Petersburg, 1898-1904), sponsored a cycle of important national and international art exhibitions (1899-1906), and with great aplomb, propagated Russian art and music in the West. In this lecture we will examine the following questions:

Distinctive features of Russian Symbolism

Aims of the World of Art movement

Role of Sergey Diaghilev in promotion of Russian Art in the West


Natalia Murray

Natalia Murray was born in St Petersburg where she gained BA and MA in Art History at the Academy of Fine Arts before taking the PhD course at the Hermitage Museum

In 2015 she has been awarded PhD at the Courtauld Institute of Art.

Her books and articles extend across the wide field of 19-20 century Russian art, and she has featured in films dedicated to the Hermitage museum and the Russian revolution and in programmes for BBC Radio 4 and the BBC World Service. Natalia is also trustee of the Russian Avant-Garde Research Project - a UK-based charity which shares one of her aspirations to reduce the number of fakes on the Russian art market.