CreativeMornings is a breakfast lecture series for the creative community around the world. Every month we pick up a new theme for all cities. The global theme of May is ‘REALITY’. St. Petersburg speaker is Ilya Doronchenkov, Dean of the Art History department at the European University in St. Petersburg. Ilya will be presenting his retrospective take on the status of reality in the arts. Why do some artists try to gain power over the subject matter, while others stick to imitating it? ?And how different is the way we now perceive pieces of art compared to the way their contemporaries did?