Siege of Leningrad brought to UK

Posted on Tuesday 10th January 2017

SIEGE OF LENINGRAD BROUGHT TO UK through art and ENDURANCE exhibition in cambrdige!
For the first time, this selection of works by the WWII Leningrad survivor Elena Marttila will be exhibited in the UK:
- Lithographs and engravings create a visual diary of the terrible winter of 1941 - 42
- Historians DR John Barber and art historian Larissa Haskell, who personally endured the Siege of Leningrad, will formally open the exhibition on 19 January
- Exhibition will include talks and screenings from 20 January to 19 March

One of the most tragic events in human history will be powerfully depicted in an exhibition beginning this month. Selected works created by the artist, Elena Marttila, during the winter of 1941-42 in Leningrad will feature in ART AND ENDURANCE IN THE SIEGE OF LENINGRAD, which runs until 19 March at Darwin College, Cambridge.

The exhibition will also include various talks and film screenings to provide a cultural and historic insight into this period of World War II.
It is the first time that Elena's Leningrad series of works has been shown to the UK public. The lithographs and engravings create a visual diary of the Blockade that lasted 872 days and cost the lives of a million people, most of whom died of starvation.
Elena Marttila, Darwin College Cambridge
To mark her 94th birthday, Elena is delighted that her record of life under extreme conditions 75 years ago will be shown to modern viewers, offering them a unique insight into the dark days that Leningrad endured.
The exhibition is a tribute to Elena's life, legacy and artistic integrity and is dedicated to her friends and fellow Leningraders who lived and died during the siege.
"While my hand can still hold a pencil, I will continue to tell the story of my fellow Leningraders, who are dear to my heart."
Said Elena.
"I wish for this exhibition to become a warning against the dangers of war for the preservation of our humanity."
The exhibition will be curated by Ksenia Afonina - An independent curator and researcher into the art of World War II and Libby Howie, an independent curator with a specialist knowledge of graphic art. Dr John Barber, Dr Olga Kucherenko, Dr Jeremy Hicks, Professor Katherine Hodgson and Professor Marina Frolova-Walker are some of the names to give enlightening talks and presentations on life in Leningrad during World War II.
Photo taken from Darwin College Cambridge
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Fridays 2-6pm, Saturdays and Sundays 1-5pm
The Old Library, Darwin College, Silver Street, Cambridge, CB3 9EU
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Photo taken from Darwin College Cambridge

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