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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 mostly extinct.

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 et al.

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 Biennale.

Zurab TsereteliArt Gallery

Urbanistic Formalism.

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 habitation.

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 of Moscow.

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.

Polytechnical Museum

Valie Export.

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 Arts Biennale.

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 other media.

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 HallManege

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 untouched.

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 performance*. 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 XVIIIXX 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.

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