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Fabergé in the Age of Progress

This program is the third part of the Fabergé Rediscovered Lecture Series. Theater seating is sold-out. Tickets are available for seating in the simulcast location.

Advancements in science, technology and the humanities in the nineteenth century changed Europeans' understanding of the world around them, and the designers at the firm of Fabergé found ways to incorporate those breakthroughs into their art objects. This talk will discuss how the search for Fabergé's sources of inspiration takes us back to the innovations and feats of ingenuity popular among the firm's contemporaries.

Event Timeline

5:30-6:30 p.m. Mansion and Fabergé Rediscovered open for self-guided touring
6-6:30 p.m. Members-only wine and cheese reception. Join today!
6:30-7:30 p.m. Lecture

About the Speaker

Mikhail Ovchinnikov is the first deputy director of the Fabergé Museum in St. Petersburg, a position he has held since it opened in 2013. He previously worked in the field of post-war and contemporary Russian art. His positions included the director of Erarta Museum of Contemporary Art and curator of Avant-garde on Neva Publishing and Exhibition Project. His current memberships include the International Jury of Portrait Now! Competition run by Museum of National History of Denmark and International Council of Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens, Washington, D.C.

About the Fabergé Rediscovered Lecture Series

Designed to delight and surprise, the treasures created by the firm of Carl Fabergé have inspired admiration and intrigue for over a century, both for their remarkable craftsmanship and the fascinating histories that surround them. Now, a special exhibition at Hillwood unveils new discoveries relating to its own collection of Fabergé imperial Easter eggs and other famed works.  Whether you are a Fabergé aficionado or novice, this lecture series will offer interest and insight into the storied firm.

Wednesday, October 3: The Firm of Fabergé: Business, Clients, and Collectors, by Wilfried Zeisler

Wednesday, October 10: Russia: Royalty and the Romanovs, by Caroline de Guitaut

Tuesday, October 16: Fabergé in the Age of Progress, by Mikhail Ovchinnikov

Tuesday, October 23: Fabergé in London, by Kieran McCarthy