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5 January 2016

Siege of Leningrad brought to UK

through Art and Endurance exhibition in Cambridge

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

Historian 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.

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 Katharine 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.

Opening times: Fridays 2-6pm, Saturdays & Sundays 1-5pm

Venue: The Old Library, Darwin College, Silver Str, Cambridge, CB3 9EU


Notes for editors, included with this Press release:

The full story of Elena Marttila, written by Olga Kucherenko and Ksenia Afonina

Programme of talks and film screenings

An invitation to the preview of the exhibition on 19 January 2017, 6:00 - 7:30 pm

For more information, contact:

Anthony Burr 07766 459 469

Yana Maksimochkina 07412 47 77 97