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Bettina Jungen

Bettina Jungen is the curator of Russian art at the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College, which holds a sizeable collection of Russian art mostly dating from the first half of the 20th century. Her current major project is the publication of a catalogue raisonné of this collection. Bettina completed her studies in Russian literature and linguistics and in the history of art with a Ph.D. thesis about Soviet sculptor Vera Mukhina. Before she joined the Mead she taught the history of Russian and European art at the Universities of Zurich and Basel and contributed to major exhibitions of Russian avant-garde art in Germany and Switzerland.

 

I started my Likhachev Fellowship with specific questions about artists and their works. In order to find answers, I spent a lot of time viewing objects and talking to colleagues at various museums, the access to which has been generously enabled by the extraordinary team of the Likhachev Foundation. Without their support I would have never achieved so much in just two weeks. Of greatest value for my projects were the - mostly unanticipated - contacts with experts in various areas. Everybody was extraordinary generous with their time and, in addition, introduced me to other people who showed and told me things, which I would not have discovered otherwise. Last but not least, I took home inspiration from the projects of my co-fellows. In short: it was a very enjoyable and productive stay in St. Petersburg.