She. the Title of Artist

Project by Maria Godovannaya, Yaroslav Volovod and Yana Mikhalina at the Museum of the Russian Academy of Fine Arts

The feminist art-research is conducted by a St.Petersburg-based artist Masha Godovannaya and two curators – Yaroslav Volovod and Yana Mikhalina. The interdisciplinary project is based on the affinity group principle and touches upon several areas, such as: artistic research, sociology of art, visual sociology, art-history and curatorial research. Apart from investigating the archives of the Academy of Fine Arts on the “female history” and addressing issues of the history of the Museum collection, the project “She. Title of Artist” explores the role and the status of women in two institutions which form the Academy: the Repin Institute and the Museum of the Academy of Fine Arts. The research results are presented as audio- and video-installations displayed in several museum rooms.

Maria Godovannaya, Yaroslav Volovod, Yana Mikhalina (St. Petersburg)

MashaGodovannaya 2013-1 by Natasha Schastneva 1000

Maria Godovannaya holds a Master’s Degree in film and video from Bard College (New York, USA, 2011). Her experimental woks have been screened at leading international festivals. Maria works as an independent curator for film and video projects.



Yaroslav Volovod – BA (Philology), indologist (graduated from the St. Petersburg State University, Oriental Studies), studied in Central Institute of Hindi (Dehli, India, 2012-2013), at present he is a Master degree student, his program is Curatorial Studies (joint degree of the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences of the St. Petersburg State University and Bard College, USA), currently he works on a dissertation on Contemporary Indian Art under Olesya Turkina’s supervision.


Копия Яна Михалина

Yana Mikhalina – editor, Master degree student (Curatorial Studies, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences of the St. Petersburg State University).

The Museum of the Russian Academy of Fine Arts


The Museum of the Russian Academy of Fine Arts is one of the oldest museums in Russia. It holds a truly unique collection. The Museum was established in 1757 during the reign of Empress Elisabeth just a short time after the Academy itself had been founded. From the outset, the goal of the Museum was to nurture its future artists with perfect samples of art. The year 1758 is considered to be a year of the Museum establishment. The foundation of the holdings sprawls from the Count Ivan Shuvalov’s collection of over 100 paintings and drawings by European masters, including works by Raphael, Veronese and Rubens. The Museum collection nowadays includes drawings, engravings and paintings by Russian and Western European masters, as well as a collection of the antique casts and Western European sculptures which served as models for drawing classes (over 3000 objects). The building of the Academy of Arts was erected from 1764 to 1788 by the design of Jean-Baptiste Vallin de la Mothe and Aleksandr Kokorinov, two professors of the Academy’s architecture class. It represents an outstanding architectural monument of the early Russian Classicism.

Adress: 17 Universitetskaya emb., Vasilievsky Island
How to get to the museum: Sportivnaya-2 metro station; trolleybuses 7 and 24 depart from the Gostiny Dvor metro station, buses – 7, 24
Tel.: (812) 323-3578
Museum Hours: Wednesday–Sunday 11:00-19:00
Closed: Monday, Tuesday
Ticket: 200 rub.