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Anastasia A. Sabinina

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Anastasia A. Sabinina — Postgraduate Student, School of Arts and Cultural Heritage, The European University at St. Petersburg, Gagarinskaya St. 6/1A, 191187 St. Petersburg, Russia.

ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0009-0000-7753-9061

E-mail: asabinina@eu.spb.ru


History of Arts




Vol. 71


pp. 225–233


April 11, 2023

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August 18, 2023

Date of publication

March 25, 2024



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The paper examines the All-Slavic Art and Industry Exhibition. Preparations took 10 years: from 1902 to 1912. Using archival materials and early 20th century periodicals, the author analyses the exhibition as part of a global trend toward national and international art exhibitions and as a reflection of the St. Petersburg art scene at the turn of the 20th century, which welcomed contemporary art from various countries: from Germany to Japan. The exhibition was organized by the Petersburg Slavic Benevolent Society, which established a dedicated Exhibition Committee. The committee secured permission from the Tsar and funding from the Minister of Finance to carry out the project. The exhibition aimed to foster new trade contacts and showcase the unity and cohesion of the Slavic peoples in response to the perceived threat of cultural expansion by Hungary and Germany. As attendees showed increasing enthusiasm for the exhibition, the organizers expanded their plans, making them more ambitious and costly. However, the exhibition ultimately did not take place due to foreign policy issues. This study contextualizes the All-Slavic exhibition within the political climate of the time and explores the role of art in international diplomacy. Additionally, the research highlights other All-Slavic art exhibition projects, including those held abroad.


All-Slavic Exhibition, Art and Industry Exhibition, Slavic Benevolent Society, Cultural Diplomacy, Pan-Slavism, Slavic Idea, Cultural Contacts, Cultural Ties.


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