Today on September 14th, all parks and museums of Peterhof Museum-Reserve except those in the Grand Peterhof Palace and on Pravlenskaya Street, are closed due to a storm warning!  



XII International Conference
From 27.09.2021 to 28.09.2021

The conference is held as a part of the official schedule of the celebration of Peter the Great 350th anniversary

On the eve of the anniversary year, this conference of the Peterhof State Museum-Reserve is dedicated to the fate of the palaces that belonged to Peter I, and his contemporaries.

Announcing the theme of the conference, we refer to the practice that has been developed in modern research work: studying an architectural monument as the embodiment of a certain artistic style we shift our attention to the circumstances of its creation and changes made by its new owners. In this context, the personality of the author of an architectural object is re-interpreted, when both the architect and the owner, Royal customer, become ideologists and participants of the construction. We propose to discuss the influence of the personal tastes and political ideas of the ruler on the architectural design of his palaces and residences, and, more broadly, the change in the aesthetic priorities of that time. It would also be important to discuss how, in the course of museumification of a palace, the museum decides what image of the Owner it would represent.

Architectural initiatives of Peter I are numerous, many cities are proud of the houses, where Peter I stayed, buildings and fortresses laid by Peter I himself or built according to his projects. Some of them, like the ensemble of the Peterhof palaces, have been preserved in memorial integrity for three centuries. Palaces of Peter the Great, as well as the architectural complexes designed or inspired by him, could be interpreted as "portraits" of the first Emperor of Russia - the embodiment of his personal qualities, political and aesthetic priorities, and the historical and cultural experience he gained during his European travels. The historical dynamics of the attitude to Peter I as a political figure can be traced in the fate of Peter's architectural monuments.

Historians, art historians, cultural scientists, researchers of Peter the Great. We would also like to invite employees of museums, academic and educational institutions in Russia and Europe who explore the history of palaces and their owners. We plan to organize a special section for foreign participants (online, with the use of Zoom application). The working language of the section is English.

The following topics are proposed for discussion:

  • palaces of Peter the Great: design-construction-monument;
  • history of the construction of imperial residences and palaces in the epoch of Peter the Great;
  • interaction of Royal customers, palace architects, and artists during the epoch of Peter the Great;
  • memory of the personality of Peter I in the palace and park spaces of the 18th – 19th centuries;
  • museumification of the palace - the experience of designing the image of its Owner;
  • personality of Peter I in the historical memory and the dynamics of the attitude to the artifacts of his epoch.

In order to participate in the conference, you are to send an application, including your full name, contact details, information about your institution, and an abstract (2,000-3,000 characters) before July 1, 2021 to the following address:

The Conference Organizing Committee reserves the right to reject applications that do not correspond to the theme of the conference and do not meet the above requirements. As a result of the conference, we plan to publish a collection of articles and then include it in the RSCI (Russian Science Citation Index).

The working language of the conference is Russian (English – for the international section). Registration is free-of-charge.

The format and dates of the conference may be altered due to the epidemiological situation. The conference may be held online.

Working group of the conference:

Anna V. Liashko, Cand. Sc. Cultural Studies, Head of Department of Cultural Heritage Preservation and Learning,

Pavel V. Petrov, Ph.D. in History, Head of Museum Research Department,

Alexei A. Ashikhmin, Specialist of Museum Research Department

Tel.: 8 (812) 420-56-75, Museum Research Department
Tel.: 8 (962) 719-84-56, P. V. Petrov

What's on