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University Library presents St. Petersburg exhibit

The University Library is presenting "St. Petersburg: Window on the East/Window on the West," an exhibition devoted to the Russian city's publishing history and the role it played in nurturing the arts at the turn of the 20th century.

Janet Crayne, head of the Slavic and East European Division, arranges early 20th century Russian Symbolist works included in the "St. Petersburg: Window on the East/Window on the West" exhibition at the University Library. Below, a costume design by Lev Bakst, who was known for his designs for Ballet Russe. The exhibit runs through Nov. 22 at the Special Collections Library.(Photos by Paul Jaronski, U-M Photo Services)

The exhibition, drawing on the library's rich collections, is presented in conjunction with this fall's "Celebrating St. Petersburg: 300 Years of Cultural Brilliance," a multidisciplinary festival to mark the 300th anniversary of the founding of St. Petersburg. The exhibition will run through Nov. 22 at the Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library. Admission is free.

Correspondence, manuscripts, journals and monographs, city plans, graphics, and digital images illustrate the artistic activity that characterized the period known as the Silver Age of Russian Art. First editions by writers such as Anna Akhmatova, Boris Pasternak, Osip Mandel'shtam and Vladimir Mayakovsky, a diary penned by Lily Brik and a publisher's mark designed by Mstislav Dobouzhinsky will be on display. Works by world-famous personalities in dance, theater and music—including correspondence between the artists Natalya Goncharova and Mikhail Larionov about Sergei Diaghilev, and hand-painted costume designs by Lev Bakst for Vaslav Nijinsky in the Ballet Russe—will be available for viewing.

A public program to mark the opening of the exhibit will feature Kelly Miller, a U-M graduate, who will present "St. Petersburg and Early 20th-Century Russian Literature and the Arts." The program is p.m. Sept. 25.

Exhibition hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m.-noon Saturday in the Special Collections Library on the 7th floor of the Hatcher Library. For more information about the exhibition, call (734) 764-9377.

"Celebrating St. Petersburg: 300 Years of Cultural Brilliance" is a multidisciplinary festival sponsored by U-M during the fall semester. It will feature an exclusive exhibition of fine and decorative art in the Museum of Art on loan from the Hermitage Museum, and it will involve many well-known Russian performers.

For information on St. Petersburg festival events, visit

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