10 September 2021

An exhibition of photographs by Boris Skobeltsyn opened at SPbGASU 

On September 9, Saint Petersburg State University of Architecture and Civil Engineering opened the photography exhibition "Monuments of Old Russian Architecture of Pskov and Novgorod. From the Collection of the International Centre of the Roerichs". The exhibition is timed to the centennial anniversary of the outstanding restorer, photographer, honorary citizen of Pskov Boris Skobeltsyn (1921–1995).

Посетители выставки

Visitors of the exhibition

Boris Stepanovich Skobeltsyn was descended from the noble family of the Skobeltsyns. During the Great Patriotic War, he served in a fighter aviation regiment, and was awarded the Order of the Patriotic War, medals "For the Defence of Stalingrad", "For the Liberation of Warsaw", "For the Capture of Berlin" and other insignia. In 1948, he entered the Leningrad Institute of Civil Engineering (now Saint Petersburg State University of Architecture and Civil Engineering), where he studied for two years. He worked as a designer, architectural technician, and engineer. After being invited to work in a restoration workshop in Pskov, he moved to the town and devoted himself to preserving architectural monuments.

What motivated the legendary restorer to take up photography has been explained by Ekaterina Voznyak, Dean of the Faculty of Architecture, Professor at the Department of Restoration and Reconstruction of Architectural Heritage, DSc in Architecture. Boris Skobeltsyn became interested in this form of art when he was engaged in certification of buildings. His black-and-white photographs convey the spirit of the era and his concern for the heritage preservation.

Natalia Cherkashina, Director of the Public Museum named after N.K. Roerich, the International Centre of the Roerichs (Moscow), donated a number of books to the SPbGASU library, including the Roerich Pact, also known as the Treaty on the Protection of Artistic and Scientific Institutions and Historic Monuments. She believes that Boris Skobeltsyn and Nicholas Roerich are united by the idea of protecting cultural heritage and architectural monuments, which nurture the cultural space of our planet and are important as cultural heritage not only for Pskov, but for the whole of humanity.

Dmitry Revyakin, Head of the Exhibition Department of the International Centre of the Roerichs (Moscow) and Deputy Chairman of the Society of Friends of the N.K. Roerich House in Ostrov, emphasized that the St. Petersburg school of restoration has always enjoyed a high prestige in our country and abroad. He expressed the hope that despite the current problems in the field of restoration, new graduates of Saint Petersburg State University of Architecture and Civil Engineering would uphold these traditions.

The guests of the exhibition shared their memories of the famous restorer. Valery Mostovich, Associate Professor at the Department of History and Theory of Architecture of SPbGASU, during his student years had the opportunity to do an internship under the supervision of Boris Skobeltsyn, who instilled a love of Russian architecture in his students, and through it, love for their home country. His grandchildren Zoya and Aleksandr Skobeltsyn spoke of the importance of his work.

The exhibition will be open until 10 October in the exposition hall of the SPbGASU Faculty of Architecture. Opening hours: 14:00 – 15:00, other times upon request.


Text: Tatyana Petrova
Photos: Sergey Klishis

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