On February 21st the State Hermitage Museum and Maison Cartier will hold an international online conference “Cartier Art Dialogues” to celebrate the opening of the exhibition “Cartier: Passing on heritage and savoir faire. Masterpieces from the Hermitage Museum and the Cartier Collection”. The conference is organized in collaboration with Cartier’s partneruniversities around the world and will take place in the General Staff Building of the State Hermitage Museum.

Cartier is especially proud to host this conference to encourage dialogues between generations, countries, different styles and forms of art.

In today’s context building and maintaining bridges between history and modernity, craftsmanship and innovative technologies is crucial more than ever. Both the State Hermitage Museum and Maison Cartier find it important to preserve heritage, expand it and explore new territories while staying true to its values and identity.

Renown professionals and international experts will gather offline and online to discuss the“living heritage” and the importance of cross-generational dialogues, to talk about trends and new formats of art with a special focus on the transformations in opera, theatre and ballet. Participants will also take a glance at the digital and technological facets of fashion, architecture, blockchain and the art market of tomorrow.

The lineup of speakers and moderators includes:

Mikhail Piotrovsky – Director of The State Hermitage Museum
Cyrille Vigneron – President & CEO, Cartier
Hervé Chandè– General Director, Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain
Pierre Rainero – Image, Style and Heritage Director, Cartier
Alber Elbaz – Creative Director of AZ Factory
Golshifteh Farahani – Iranian actress of theatre and cinema and environmental activist

Mélanie Lauren– French director and actress and environmental activist

Junya Ishigami – Japanese architect, founder of junya.ishigami+associates

Diana Vishneva – National artist of Russia, prima ballerina at the Mariinsky theatre, Founder and Artistic Director of the international contemporary dance festival Context. Diana Vishneva

Stefano Boeri – Italian architect and urban planner, President of Fondazione Triennale Milano, architect of the Bosco Verticale in Milan

Solano Benitez – Paraguayan architect, Golden Lion Award winner at Venice Biennial 2016

Jason Bailey – Founder of the art & tech platform Artnome.com

Teodor Currentzis – Founder and Artistic Director of the musicAeterna Orchestra and Choir

Nanne Dekking – Founder andCEO ofArtoryLLC, New York andArtory GmbH, Berlin. Member on the Board of the Hermitage Foundation in Amsterdam

Anita Gigovskaya – President of Condé Nast Russia

Ekaterina Inozemtseva -Chief curator at Garage Museum of Contemporary Art

Varvara Melnikova – CEO of the Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design

Dmitri Ozerkov – Director of Contemporary Art Department of the State Hermitage Museum,and Head of Hermitage 20/21 Project for Contemporary Art

Laurent Salomé – Director of the National Museum of Versailles Palace

Sarah Sze – American contemporary artist, sculptor
Nadia Taiga – Executive Director at Snark.art

And other international personalities from art and culture.

Registration and more information about the program, timing and speakers are available on the website https://cartier-artdialogues.com