The Kotchoubey Readings is an annual international conference which is being held by St. Petersburg campus of National Research University Higher School of Economics under the auspices of the Kotchoubey family to focus on the phenomenon of private collecting and discuss its role in preserving cultural heritage.
The venue is the mansion of the master of ceremonies of the court of Emperor Nicholas II Vasily Petrovich Kochubey in Tsarskoye Selo where the Kotchoubey Management Training Centre (Kotchoubey Centre) is situated. The mansion was built in 1911-1913. It is a historical and cultural monument of federal significance. It has historic interiors, a collection of furniture and objects of arts and crafts.
National Research University “Higher School of Economics” (“HSE”) in Saint-Petersburg conducts the II Kotchoubey Readings “Private collections: objects, stories, emotions” under the patronage of the Kotchoubey family.
The conference is organized as a platform for a wide international exchange of experience and opinions in the field of creation, preservation and presentation of private collections. It is intended to provide a discussion of the most important concerns about the role of private collecting in the preservation of cultural heritage. Emphasis will be placed on the relationship of collectibles, related background and emotions that they cause to all those involved – collectors, patrons of art, spectators, as well as representatives of the professional museum community – custodians, managers, guides.
The event is focused on modern interactive formats that allow to combine vivid presentations of successful cases with project work in mixed groups of professionals of different levels and areas of activity that will provide multi-level project interaction to solve actual problems of the industry. Two days in the Kotchoubey’s mansion will be devoted to discussing possible ways and projects of practical international cooperation in the field of creation, preservation and representation of private collections.
Information Letter (download)
Those who wish to take part in the conference are invited to register before October 1. The registration form can be accessed from the top of the page. If the REGISTER button is not immediately visible, you should scroll down. Please note – the fact of registration is not a confirmation to participate in the conference, wait for the official invitation!
The organizing committee offers to non-resident participants an accommodation in a comfortable hotel in the Kotchoubey Сеntre – indicate in the application the need for accommodation and the number of days (from one to four if you plan to stay for the weekend), and the organizing committee will contact you to provide information on the cost of living.