The lasting and unchanging quality of Saint-Petersburg rests within its culture. Embodied in the unique architectural space of the city, its historical ensembles and monuments, its museum collections, its art, theatre and literary activities, it is heavily rooted in the traditions of classical scholarship and distinctive features of the Saint-Petersburg lifestyle.
The unrenderable atmosphere that preserves the values of cultural heritage and that at the same time is full of vivid creative processes, acquires special significance in the context of the city’s modern dynamic development.
The joint implementation and support of cultural programs and projects in the fields of educational, outreach and creative activities are thought to be more and more of a necessity today.
One can literally say that the core of such activity inside the cultural space of our city is now the Saint-Petersburg State University that accumulates within its walls both the traditional and the innovatory views on science, culture and enlightenment.
The Philology and Arts Department of the Saint-Petersburg State University is widely and actively engaged in scientific research, creative and practical work in humanities, which helps to unite intellectual, creative and scientific potential to work on unique cultural projects and achieve tangible results in preservation of sublime examples of national culture and arts.
An outreach- and education-oriented project, the creation of the “Nabokov House Virtual Museum” allows to both evaluate and colligate a wide range of solidly historical and creative works and materials of various aspects of research related to the great author’s work and also to reflect on his special role in Russian and Western-European culture, as well as the Saint-Petersburg period of life for the Nabokovs.
The work touches on the issues of preservation of historical monuments and their significance in cultural and spiritual upbringing. The project’s goal is to create a system of multimedia products, including a virtual historical and art museum, electronic anthologies of scientific and research works, an electronic library, virtual pathways allowing to imagine the scope of research and artistic reconstruction conducted to present the landmark to a wide range of experts both in Russia and abroad.
A number of researchers and experts from the “V.V. Nabokov Museum of Philology and Arts Department of the Saint-Petersburg State University”, as well as professors at various departments of the Saint-Petersburg State University whose works contain extensive information on Russian history, culture, literature, architecture and arts, are attracted to actualizing the project.
To a great extent the goal of this project is, through popularization of the materials available at the V.V. Nabokov Museum, to display the significance of V.V.Nabokov’s work as that of one of the most prominent figures of the Russian world.
Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov occupies a unique place in the history of world literature. A representative of two cultures, a writer who was identically masterful in both Russian and English languages, having brought fame to the Russian literature on two continents, Vladimir Nabokov is an iconic figure of the XX century, uniting the Russian, European and American cultures. Aside from his literary activity, Nabokov for many years translated the classic Russian literature into English, taught Russian language and literature at American universities.
As a result of work put in the project, the first part of the “Nabokov House Virtual Museum” has been completed, and it can be presented to experts of the largest museums, libraries, higher education establishments, as well as other educational and cultural institutions. Furthermore, the materials will be sent to foreign universities with Russian departments.
The range of users will presumably comprise experts in various fields: philologists, historians, fine art experts, architects, archaeologists, restorers, museum staff and representatives of cultural establishments, university students of humanities departments and students of art schools.
The database on V.V.Nabokov’s life and work located at the “Russian World” centers will allow using the project results in education, scientific research, restoration and museum work and also as a program for distance learning. The methods that serve as the project basis, as well as the results of their implementation, can break new grounds in solving specific problems of other contemporary museums. The acquired results are the basis for carrying out further studies in history, archaeology, museum management studies and multimedia technologies in research of humanities.