International Conference: 100 Years of German-Russian Cultural Exchange: The First Russian Art Exhibition, October 15-16, 2021

5 October 2021

Jacobs University Bremen in cooperation with the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin is holding the international conference 100 Years of German-Russian Cultural Exchange: The First Russian Art Exhibition on October 15 -16, 2021. The two-day event will present new research on the First Russian Art Exhibition, moving away from the narrow focus on the show’s avant-garde art display and examining instead its broader historical scope and art historical implications.

Particular emphasis will be on the intentions of the Soviet state, the expectations of German leftist artists and intellectuals, the goals and organization of the exhibition, the role and participation of individual artists in the show, among them Naum Gabo, El Lissitzky, and David Shterenberg, as well as the reception of the exhibition within artistic and architectural circles in Germany, Central- and Eastern Europe, and Japan in the 1920s, and the whereabouts of the works exhibited.

Please find more details at: Conference The First Russian Art Exhibition | Russian Art & Culture Group (

Program of the event

The conference language is English. The conference is planned as a hybrid event; papers will be presented at the Dietrich-Bonhoeffer-Saal of the Staatsbibliothek Berlin, Potsdamer Platz, or via Zoom, and all will be accessible via Zoom. There is the option for a limited number of participants to join the event at the Staatsbibliothek. SARS-CoV-2 infection protection measures are in place for on-site participation. Attendance is free of charge for both options. Registration – either for participation on site or via Zoom – until October 10, 2021 is mandatory.

To register, please send an e-mail to

For remote participation, please register via our Zoom-Online-Form