St Petersburg art school explores tie-up with China

Naked ambition? A life drawing class at the St Petersburg Academy of Arts, which has confirmed that it has been approached about opening branches in China National Geographic Image Collection/Alamy Stock Photo

The St Petersburg Academy of Arts, which is popular with Chinese students, has been approached about opening branches in China. Also known as I.E. Repin St. Petersburg State Academic Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture, the schools main website is available in Chinese—but not in English.

A delegation from the Chinese province of Hainan visited the institute for talks in June. Meanwhile, teachers and students from the Repin Institute reportedly participated in a joint plein air painting session in Hainan in May to mark the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Russia and the Peoples Republic of China.

We have a lot in common with [Chinese art academies] Semyon Mikhailovsky, St Petersburg Academy of Arts

Semyon Mikhailovsky, the rector of the Russian academy confirms that proposals have been made by provincial leaders and representatives of Chinese business to create branches of the Repin Institute. But while these proposals “deserve attention”, he says, there is “no chance” such plans can go ahead without the participation of large, well-known Chinese academies.

“We have a lot in common with [Chinese art academies],” Mikhailovsky says, “both in the sense of Soviet history and in the sense of camaraderie and friendly relations”. He adds that China wants to lead the future of technology but also art. “They have a special attitude to education in various fRead More – Source