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Black and white artwork by Lazar Knidekel.



In Besieged Leningrad: Architect Alexander Nikolsky

The Harriman Atrium hosts an exhibit of lithographs of famed Soviet architect Alexander Nikolsky (1884-1953).

The majority of the lithographs date from 1942-43 during the Leningrad siege, when artists and architects sought safety and worked in the gloomy cellars of the Academy of Arts and the Hermitage. The works on exhibit are from the archive of artist Lazar Khidekel, Nikolsky’s student and sometime collaborator. A few of Khidekel’s works will also be on view, including an exquisite pencil portrait of the architect.

The exhibit is curated by Regina Khidekel, Director of the Russian-American Cultural Center.