Events in Moscow
Museum «Old English Courtyards Turkestan through Old Photos and Ceramics.
The exhibits (the oldest of them being dated back to the X century) follow the
evolution of the original, technically and aesthetically perfect Middle-Asia
school of ceramics that much contributed.the artistic culture of Islam. The
second, but not least, component of the exhibition is a host of unique photos,
made in Turkestan by professional photographers, scholars, royal family members,
high-ranking military officers and their wives. The pictures taken in the late
XIX - early XX centuries feature scenic details of traditional lifestyle, now
State Museum of Oriental Arts
Wang Guofeng. Promotion of the Ideal.
A special project of II Moscow Modern Arts Biennale and one of the first events
of the Year of China in Russia. A Chinese artist Wang Guofeng created a series
of large-size panoramic digital photos of state edifices in Beijing, built in
mid-1950s. A grand governmental project, intended to position the main political
and ideological priorities of the country, demanded from the artist a true-to-scale
implementation of underlying idea. A special digital image processing emphasizes
the pompous and cold architectural style of this time. Computer editing helps
the author appear at every picture in disguise of different 1950s' statesmen.
Zurab TsereteliArt Gallery
And Everywhere Shchedrin Lives...
To the 180th anniversary from the birth of M.Saltykov-Shchedrin (1826-1889).
The exhibition in Literary Museum describes the 3 activities of this great Russian
writer: literary (a writer), socially important (publicist, editor, and publisher
of the magazines «Sovremennik» and «Oteche-stvennye Zapiski») and governmental
(from a special-commissions official to vice governor). An ample selection of
this era materials - the writer's iconography, archive documents, first editions
of his books and magazine publications, painting and graphics items provide
for the insight into Russia of the second half of the XIX century, i.e., such
as Shchedrin knew. The exhibition is adorned with the illustrations to the books
of the famous satirist, by B.Kustodiev, V.Goryaev, V.Mikloshevskiy, B.Efimov
State Literary Museum
A creative project that comprises five names: Evgeniy Vakhtangov, Tatiana Faydysh,
Natalia Tolstaya, Olga Zhilinskaya, Dmitriy Krymov. They are representatives
of renowned artistic and cultured families of Moscow, and painting, fine plastics,
design, installations are their, a la lettre, familiar occupation. The exhibition
is held within the framework of a parallel program of II Moscow Modern Arts
Zurab TsereteliArt Gallery
Within the framework of II Moscow Modern Arts Biennale, the projects of the
«already noted and most promising* authors are for the first time brought together
into a program under the name «Urbanistic Formalism*. The installations in the
halls of the Moscow Museum of Modern Arts actually are the artists' thinking
on the specifics of modern society, forms and structure of a large megalopolis
Moscow Museum of Modern Arts, Exhibition halls in Ermolaevskiy Pereulak
Devoted to the Defenders of Moscow...
To the 65th anniversary of starting the counterattack of Soviet troops in the
Battle of Moscow. Heroic pages of the Moscow history, the great deed of the
Russian capital and its defenders in the course of the Great Patriotic War of
1941-45. Painting, graphics, sculpture, decorative and applied art items, numizmatics,
philately, faleristics, flyers, posters, newspapers, from the collections of
the Central Museum of Great Patriotic War, Studio of Battle Painting named after
M.Grekov, State Tretyakov's Gallery, Moscow Artists' Union, Museum of the Defence
Central Museum of Great Patriotic War of 1941-45
On the Rocks of Chukotka
The exhibition opens the door to the wonderful world of petroglyhic images of
Chukotka: pictured are mythology and hunting, animals and birds, domestic and
natural scenes, being embossed or engraved by thin lines on the boulders. They
are introduced through the photos and the estampage (replicas made by the modern
technology). Photographed Chukotka landscapes, various articles and attributes
of material and sacral life of the aboriginal population of the Russian North-East
-yaranga (tent), narty (sledge), baydara (kayak), stone implements, traditional
clothing, masterpieces of bone carving, and amulet figurines add to the impression.
One of the «Gender Art* founders, an Austrian lady artist Waltraud Hollinger,
who assumed the pseudonym Valie Export in 1967, has been one of the most influential
and provocative figures at the international artistic milieu more than 30 years.
Over 120 works (photos, video, objects, performance logs) present her creative
activity from 1970s until nowadays. It is a special project of II Moscow Modern
State Center of Modem Arts
«lberian Skin»: Photo Exhibition by Carma Casula
Carma Casula (Barcelona, 1966) is an alumna of the Madrid University Fine Arts
Faculty. She studied photography at the European Institute of Design (Milan),
took part in various prestigious projects and exhibitions in Europe and the
USA, published a number of photo-albums. Her works are stored in private and
state collections. As of now, a free lance photographer of leading Spanish and
The Treasures of Forbidden City. From the Collection of the National Museum
in Imperial Palace Gu Gong in Beijing.
Unique as per its ampleness, the collection had been gathered by the Imperial
Court of Manchoo Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) during its almost three-hundred-year
reign in China. The exhibition reflects seven millennia of Chinese history.
The rare Chinese artifacts of different epochs tell about the life of «Forbidden
City» habitants, the city being an official imperial residence, the entry to
which was prohibited for the ordinary townspeople of Beijing.
One-Pillar Chamber of Patriarch's Palace, Kremlin museums
Pierre & Gilles.
The exhibition of works by the French photo artists Pierre and Gilles, held
within the framework of II Moscow Modern Arts Biennale, gives a retrospective
on the last decade of their creative activity through 80 photos (self-portraits
and separate works). This creative union has begot a new style comprising «a
bit of photography and a bit of painting*; a new aesthetics, providing each
work with a thoroughly elaborated scenario and original entourage.
Central Exhibition Hall«Manege »
Alexander Ivanov. Biblical Sketches.
To the bicentenary from the artist's birth. Unique as of its concept and stylistic
features, his «Biblical Series* in a way draws the line under the artist's lifetime
creative quest. The exhibiiton is enriched by watercolour genre pictures and
landscapes of the late 1830s -1850s.
State Tretyakov Gallery
Alexander Volkov. Painting, Graphics.
Alexander Nikolaevich Volkov (1886-1957) is a most interesting Russian painter
who worked in the first half of the XX century. His name belongs to two cultures
at once -Russian and Uzbek (as the master lived and worked in Tashkent for long)
- and is familiar to the art fans. The exhibition devoted to the 120th anniversary
from his birth offers ca.200 works from the State Tretyakov Gallery; State Museum
of Oriental Arts; State Russian Museum; History, Architecture, and Art Museum
in New Jerusalem; and private collections.
Tretyakov Gallery in Krymskiy Val
White Gold. Classic and Contemporary Chinese Porcelain.
The exhibits feature the tradition of Jingdezhen, the porcelain capital of China.
The articles by local craftsmen were «as glaring as snow, as thin as a papersheet,
as strong as metal*. They were high-esteemed and dearly sold. The European called
Chinese porcelain «white gold*... The exhibition is one of the first events
within the framework of Year of China in Russia.
The Merovings Era — Europe without Borders.
A joint project of Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts and Museum of Prehistory and
Early History (Berlin), assisted with the State Hermitage and State Historical
Museum. A unique archaeological material (findings from the Eastern Europe and
antiquities) gives a notion on the interrelation of most complicated cultural
and historical processes that carried in the vast European area from Urals to
Baltics in the era of the early medieval civilization formation. For the first
time, the ancient complexes, once dispersed, are displayed as a whole ensemble.
Pushkin Museum of Fine Aits
A Meeting with Modigliani.
The first in Russia, this exhibition is devoted to the creative activity of
world-famous artist of the early XX century Amedeo Modigliani. On display, ca.30
pictures, drawings, and sculptures, unique biographical documents and photos
from the Modigliani Archive (Paris) that feature the quests of the artist and
tell about his exciting life story. The exhibition is contributed by the leading
museums of the world: Metropolitain, Guggenheim, and MOMA (New York); Art Institute
(Chicago); Tate-Modern Gallery (London); Museum of Modern Arts (Paris), Complesso
Del Vittoriano (Rome); etc.
Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts
Oscar Rabin, Valentina Kropivnitskaia, Alexander Rabin.
Painting and Graphics from Private Collections (Moscow, Paris, Dusseldorf).
Oscar Rabin is a founder and leader of Soviet underground art. His wife Valentina
Kropivnitskaia and son Alexander Rabin have shared the vocation (both being
the artists) and the destiny of the master (their participation in illegal exhibitions
stipulated the enforced immigration to France). The first in Moscow personal
exhibition devoted to this artist family displays ca.80 specimens of painting
and graphics of 1960-70s and the «French-Period» works since 1978.
Museum of Private Collections
Defending the Motherland. The Novodevichiy Convent in War Campaigns of the
XVI - XIX Centuries.
Russian convents were built with a view of being possibly used as fortresses.
Throughout its four-hundred-year-long history, the Novodevichiy Convent played
an important role defending Moscow from Crimea Tatars, in the Times of Trouble,
and during the Napoleon's invasion. It is described by the exhibits: military
equipment of Crimea Tatars, strelets, rertars of Russian regular army, and French
«Grand Armee* in 1812; defensive means of convent's fortress; historical maps,
plans; portraits, engravings, and miniatures on historical figures who took
part in war campaigns.
Chambers at Naprudnaya Tower, Novodevichiy Convent Museum
Love And Eros in the Art and Culture of the Ancient Times.
The theme of the exhibition is love and erotics which impregnate ancient culture
from mythology to poetry, painting and sculpture. The cult of the human body,
which was given absolute priority in Ancient Greece, natural and a bit naive
attitude to erotics in the Antiquity is reflected in vases, terracota figurines,
sculptures, gemmae, and other monuments of antique art, will not leave the visitors
State Historical Museum
Portals and Chalices. Russian Ecclesiastical Art of the XVI-XIX Centuries.
Within the framework of a project «The Art of Russian Temple*, the State Historical
Museum offers the exhibition devoted to the typology of church portals and chalices
as an inalienable part of the Orthodox church interior and the «church service
per¬formance*. Displayed are the items of old Russian decorative, applied, and
pictorial art, from the museum's collection.
The Refectory of Irina's Chambers, Novodevichiy Convent Museum
Izmailovo and Russian Governors.
The exhibition tells about ancient residence of Russian tsars Izmailovo, from
its prime period at the reign of the Tsar Alexey Mikhaylovich and his heirs
- up to the decline of "the Tsar's manor* that followed in the XVIII century,
and the foundation of Nikolayevskaya Military Alms-house in the XIX century.
The exposition is deployed in the XVII century monument, the Bridge Tower. The
objects shown - documents, portraits, engravings, household utensils, costumes,
uniforms, weapons - let the visitors plunge into history and vividly imagine
the life of this estate in past centuries.
Izmailovo Country Estate
Blessed Is He Who Goeth to Our Lord.
Displayed are over 60 watercolour and oil pictures by Russian artist Sergey
Vasilyevich Beklemishev (1870-1920) on Gospels' topics, as well as rare black-letter
editions of Old and New Testament.
Museum at Christ Our Saviour Cathedral
National Symbols of Russia. The Past and the Present.
The exhibition shows the stages of establishment, development, and changing
the main official symbols of the Russian state over the last 100 years. Visitors
will see the Russian Empire coin and award collections, numerous materials and
documents reflecting the history of establishment of the Russian Empire state
coat-of-arms and flag, and formation of the RF contemporary state symbols.
State Museum of Contemporary History of Russia
Russian Duel. To the 170th Anniversary of Pushkin's Last Duel.
The history of duel in Russia that embraces the XVIII—XX century period is
told in the speak of authentic historical documents, articles of this time,
weapons, portraits, and photos, and its reflection in literature, theatre, cinema,
and book illustration is quoted. The focus of the exhibition is made on the
materials related to Russian poetic genius Pushkin.