Beauty in Hell: Culture in the Gulag

Andrea Gullotta has written to me that the virtual exhibition “Beauty in Hell: Culture in the Gulag” is now online here.


"The exhibition is devoted to the Solovki prison camp and the cultural resistance of its inmates. It is the result of a collaborative effort with The Hunterian Museum and Russian partners (mainly Memorial, but also state institutions such as the Museum of the History of the Gulag). The exhibition displays unpublished documents from Russian archives, and includes prisoners’ paintings, theatre photographs, a selection of literary texts composed by the prisoners (with audio recordings in Russian and English) and some historical documents such as the personal file of Naftalii Frenkel’, the camp’s guide prepared by the prisoner Vladimir Zotov for his fiancée and the photo album created by camp administration as a gift for Gor’kii, Stalin and Kirov."