News
The 2017 Golden Unicorn Award Nominee Shortlist

The 2017 Golden Unicorn Award Nominee Shortlist

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 18/11/2017 5:00 PM

  The Golden Unicorn Awards were created in celebration of the best of Russian film and foreign films about Russia, and the cross-cultural nature of the Russian Film Week. The symbol of the unicorn being relevant to both British and Russian folklore. We are so proud to be working towards building a bridge between the […] Read More

Festival, Film
RUSSIAN FILM WEEK, 19-26 November

RUSSIAN FILM WEEK, 19-26 November

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 18/11/2017 10:36 AM

Russian Film Week (RFW) returns this year for the second time and is twice as big, marking it as the biggest cross-cultural Russian event to have taken place outside of Russia. RFW aims to move beyond global politics and focus on bridging the widening gap between Russia and the West through culture. And while a handful […] Read More

Film, Research
RUSSIAN FILM WEEK: MUSIC IN FILM, 20 November

RUSSIAN FILM WEEK: MUSIC IN FILM, 20 November

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 18/11/2017 12:39 AM

A tribute to renowned Soviet film director, Mikhail Kalik (1927-2017) and his films with music scores by internationally acclaimed composer, Mikael Tariverdiev. A great name of 60’s Soviet cinema, Kalik’s films were banned, shelved and almost forgotten. Two short documentaries will be shown exploring Kalik and Tariverdiev’s work as well as stylish film To Love […] Read More

Exclusively Living
Interviews, Research
Science Into Art: Can New Technologies Restore Art’s True Image?

Science Into Art: Can New Technologies Restore Art’s True Image?

BY Irene Kukota POSTED 17/11/2017 8:31 PM

Dr. Roman Maev is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Physics at the University of Windsor, Canada, whose research interests lie in theoretical fundamentals of physical acoustics, ultrasonic and nonlinear acoustic imaging, nano-technology and advanced research in art analysis. Apart from being author of multiple publications, he holds 32 US and International Patents and […] Read More

Festival, Music
London International Medtner Festival, 26 -27 November

London International Medtner Festival, 26 -27 November

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 17/11/2017 5:00 PM

With the support of the Eastern Seasons, Pushkin House, Russian Embassy, GB-Russia Society, Rossotrudnichestvo and City, University of London Second International Festival dedicated to Nikolay Medtner (1880-1951) will take place in London on Sunday 26th and Monday 27th November 2017.  Honorary Patron  of the 2nd International Medtner Festival is Nikolay Lugansky  and the Artistic Director  is Dr Alexander Karpeyev PROGRAMME OF EVENTS: Sunday 26 NOVEMBER 14:30-16:00 […] Read More

Exhibitions, Reviews
TATE MODERN CURATOR NATALIA SIDLINA ON THE RECENTLY OPENED RED STAR OVER RUSSIA EXHIBITION

TATE MODERN CURATOR NATALIA SIDLINA ON THE RECENTLY OPENED RED STAR OVER RUSSIA EXHIBITION

BY Marina Maximova POSTED 16/11/2017 6:15 PM

This year is a big Russian year for Tate Modern. Following Eric Bulatov’s sculptural installation Forward and a large-scale retrospective of the conceptual art pioneer Ilya Kabakov, Tate Modern launches its new exhibition Red Star Over Russia. The display, which opened exactly 100 years after the Bolshevik party took control, showcases 250 artefacts including posters, photographs, paintings, and publications from the collection of the late David King. It explores 50 years […] Read More

Research, Talks and Events
CALL FOR PAPERS: 21ST CENTURY RUSSIAN CINEMA: ON BOUNDARIES, MARGINS AND SPACE,  Submission deadline: 31 December 2017

CALL FOR PAPERS: 21ST CENTURY RUSSIAN CINEMA: ON BOUNDARIES, MARGINS AND SPACE, Submission deadline: 31 December 2017

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 15/11/2017 10:19 AM

Department of Slavic Studies at Graz announces its new symposium Russian Cinema: on Boundaries, Margins and Space to take place on 8-9 June, 2018 to take place at the University of Graz, Austria When the Russian drama Leviathan (Andrei Zvyagintsev) was released in 2014, it won immediate international acclaim, winning an Oscar nomination for Best […] Read More

Talks and Events
Soviet Childhood, V&A Museum of Childhood, 16 November

Soviet Childhood, V&A Museum of Childhood, 16 November

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 14/11/2017 10:00 AM

An evening of talks marking the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution. Leading academic experts on Soviet history and culture will explore its impact on childhood. Presentations will look at the Soviet children’s film studio Soiuzdetfilm and the Society for Co-operation in Russian and Soviet Studies’ incredible children’s literature collection, as well as exploring children’s […] Read More

Exhibitions
Lenin: Leader of the Russian Revolution, The North Wall Gallery, Oxford, 8 November – 18 November

Lenin: Leader of the Russian Revolution, The North Wall Gallery, Oxford, 8 November – 18 November

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 13/11/2017 3:00 PM

This show will be the first among a number of national exhibitions marking the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution to focus on Lenin. Drawing on extensive material owned by the Society for Co-operation in Russian and Soviet Studies, the exhibition will feature items never before seen in public. Founded in 1924 by intellectuals such […] Read More

Art Market, Russian Art Week
Russian Art Week Guide, November 2017

Russian Art Week Guide, November 2017

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 13/11/2017 9:00 AM

Our new Russian Art Week Guide is up and out! In this issue, Simon Hewitt, our international editor, reviews the forthcoming auction sales and interviews Marat Gelman, curator of Art Riot at the Saatchi Gallery. Further to that, Juliet Bingham talks about her role as curator of the Ilya and Emilia Kabakov retrospective at Tate Modern. You will […] Read More

Film
Angel:legnA: Premiere at God’s House Tower as Part of Southampton Film Week,13-19 November

Angel:legnA: Premiere at God’s House Tower as Part of Southampton Film Week,13-19 November

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 12/11/2017 11:15 PM

Kye Wilson’s new moving-image artwork Angel:legnA employs the motifs and working methods of celebrated film-maker Andrei Tarkovsky to explore collective human experience. Interweaving Tarkovsky’s memories and dreams with those of participants, Wilson consciously reimagines notions of self in order to demonstrate how readily everyone can engage with and contribute to quality art. Kye Wilson is […] Read More

Music
The Nikitins in the UK: A Legendary Russian Duo Comes to Cambridge, Murray Edwards College, 18 November

The Nikitins in the UK: A Legendary Russian Duo Comes to Cambridge, Murray Edwards College, 18 November

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 12/11/2017 8:05 PM

You have a unique opportunity to come and listen to the legendary duo (now trio), which provided the beautiful soundrack for the film Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears (yes, yes,  this haunting melodious Aleksandra, Aleksandra song written in collaboration with Yuri Vizbor). Now you will be able to see and listen to them live. […] Read More

Books, Exhibitions, Russian Art Week
Exhibition of Works by Artist Alexis Gritchenko, Shapero Rare Books Gallery,  27 November-1 December

Exhibition of Works by Artist Alexis Gritchenko, Shapero Rare Books Gallery, 27 November-1 December

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 12/11/2017 11:27 AM

Exhibition of works and presentation of the new monograph “Alexis Gritchenko. Dynamocolor” by Vita Susak, from the Malabart collection. In collaboration with Russian Art and Culture at the Shapero Rare Books. Alexis Gritchenko (1883-1977) was a painter, art critic, whose creative work is closely connected with Ukraine, Russia and France. In 1910-ies he developed his own art direction — colordynamos, based on the cubism principles […] Read More

Exhibitions, Performance Art
INSIDE PUSSY RIOT, SAATCHI GALLERY, 14 NOVEMBER – 24 DECEMBER

INSIDE PUSSY RIOT, SAATCHI GALLERY, 14 NOVEMBER – 24 DECEMBER

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 10/11/2017 3:24 PM

An exciting all-female cast have been announced for Inside Pussy Riot – the new immersive theatre show from Les Enfants Terribles, the creators of Olivier nominated hit Alice’s Adventures Underground, Bird&Carrot (Brodsky/Baryshnikov) and Pussy Riot’s co-founder Nadya Tolokonnikova. Director Christa Harris comments, I am tremendously excited to be directing an immersive experience with a group […] Read More

Exhibitions, Film
RUSSIAN FILM WEEK, 19-26 NOVEMBER

RUSSIAN FILM WEEK, 19-26 NOVEMBER

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 10/11/2017 2:34 PM

Russian Film Week comes back to London for the second time, bringing a large number of latest releases from this year, as well as a series of exhibitions that will run along with the festival. Just like the previous year, the feast of Russian cinematography kicks off with a red carpet premiere ceremony on 19th […] Read More

Interviews, Music
WHEN RUSSIA MEETS BRITAIN. INTERVIEW WITH CONDUCTOR ALEXANDER DMITRIEV

WHEN RUSSIA MEETS BRITAIN. INTERVIEW WITH CONDUCTOR ALEXANDER DMITRIEV

BY Anna Lumbroso POSTED 10/11/2017 1:27 PM

In October, Cadogan Hall hosted the St Petersburg Symphony orchestra under the leadership of Chief Conductor Alexander Dmitriev. A true maestro, Dmitriev has been working with his orchestra for more than 40 years. The programme was full of Russian soul. He opened the concert with the famous and beloved Romeo and Juliet Ouverture. Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece […] Read More

Dance
Svetlana Zakharova in Amore Triple Bill, Coliseum, 21- 25 November

Svetlana Zakharova in Amore Triple Bill, Coliseum, 21- 25 November

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 08/11/2017 10:00 AM

Prima ballerina Svetlana Zakharova, Principal of the Bolshoi Theatre and étoile at La Scala Theatre Ballet brings her new triple bill AMORE to the Coliseum in November. Svetlana will be joined by some of the Bolshoi Theatre’s brightest stars including Mikhail Lobukhin, Denis Rodkin and Denis Savin as well as choreographer/dancer Patrick de Bana. Music will […] Read More

Books, Talks and Events
Book Discussion With the Author: ‘A People’s History of the Russian Revolution’ by Neil Faulkner,  Conway Hall Book Club, 24 November

Book Discussion With the Author: ‘A People’s History of the Russian Revolution’ by Neil Faulkner, Conway Hall Book Club, 24 November

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 07/11/2017 10:00 AM

The Russian Revolution may well be the most misunderstood event in modern history. In A People’s History of the Russian Revolution, Neil Faulkner sets out to debunk the myths. In this fast-paced introduction to tumultuous events, the Russian people are the heroes. Faulkner shows how a mass movement of millions, organised in democratic assemblies, mobilised […] Read More

Research, Talks and Events
Stenton Lecture and Workshop 2017, University of Reading, 23 November

Stenton Lecture and Workshop 2017, University of Reading, 23 November

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 06/11/2017 1:00 PM

The Stenton lecture is an annual lecture by an eminent historian, hosted by the Department and held in honour of its founders, Sir Frank and Lady Stenton, both of whom were responsible for building the reputation of the University of Reading as a centre for historical excellence. The Stenton Lecture: ‘The Russian Revolution: A Hundred Years On’, […] Read More

Research
Lazar Khidekel Society Brings Masterpieces From the Art Collection of Lazar Khidekel on Google Arts & Culture

Lazar Khidekel Society Brings Masterpieces From the Art Collection of Lazar Khidekel on Google Arts & Culture

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 05/11/2017 7:07 PM

Starting October 24, 2017, over 150 artefacts from the Lazar Khidekel Society can be viewed online on Google Arts & Culture by people around the world due to a new partnership between the Google and the Lazar Khidekel Society.   Thanks to this new virtual exhibition, users will be able to see the icons of the early Suprematism movement such as Lazar Khidekel’s […] Read More

Research, Talks and Events
Prigov is Dead. Long Live Dmitri Aleksanych!, Courtauld Institute of Art, 20 November

Prigov is Dead. Long Live Dmitri Aleksanych!, Courtauld Institute of Art, 20 November

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 05/11/2017 4:18 PM

Organised by Professor Sarah Wilson: The Courtauld Institute of Art Dr Elizaveta Butakova: Calvert 22 Foundation             Dmitri Prigov was an artist, poet, performer and writer. A key figure of the Moscow Conceptualist group, his work has had a lasting influence on subsequent generations of Russian artists (including some of the artists […] Read More

Research, Talks and Events
Poetic Performance: The Script and the Voice, Courtauld Institute of Art, 20 November

Poetic Performance: The Script and the Voice, Courtauld Institute of Art, 20 November

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 05/11/2017 10:00 AM

Speakers include Sabine Haensgen: University of Zurich Organised by Professor Sarah Wilson: The Courtauld Institute of Art Dr Elizaveta Butakova: Calvert 22 Foundation   A lecture by Sabine Haensgen, followed by Viktor Misiano in conversation with Sarah Wilson Dmitri Prigov was an artist, poet, performer and writer. A key figure of the Moscow Conceptualist group, his work has […] Read More

Music
Music of the Russian Revolution 1917 Gala Concert, Rossotrudnichestvo, 17 November

Music of the Russian Revolution 1917 Gala Concert, Rossotrudnichestvo, 17 November

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 04/11/2017 10:00 AM

The programme of the final concert of the Russian Revolution of 1917 will comprise music written by Rachmaninov, Medtner, Scriabin, Prokofiev, Stravinsky, Glier and is devoted to the February Revolution 1917. You will hear a wide range of compositions written either just before or after the 1917 revolution in Russia. You will hear most wonderful […] Read More

Exhibitions, Interviews
101ST KM: FURTHER EVERYWHERE – PUSHKIN HOUSE PROVIDING A HOME FOR POETRY IN EXILE

101ST KM: FURTHER EVERYWHERE – PUSHKIN HOUSE PROVIDING A HOME FOR POETRY IN EXILE

BY Borimir Totev POSTED 03/11/2017 1:12 PM

Recently the Pushkin House inaugurated the opening of the 101st km – Further and Everywhere pavilion conceived by the Russian artist and architect Alexander Brodsky. This project was meant to mark the centenary of the Russian revolution and honour the memory of the Russian poets in exile.  Hung inside with poetry by 20 Russian poets, […] Read More

Theatre
Stage Russia: Anna Karenina, Barbican,16 November

Stage Russia: Anna Karenina, Barbican,16 November

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 03/11/2017 10:00 AM

Directed and choreographed by Angelica Cholina, this internationally award winning Vakhtangov Theatre production of Anna Karenina is a choreographed interpretation of Leo Tolstoy’s classic novel. Cholina strives to find the equivalent of Tolstoy’s words in harmony and movement, with every gesture holding meaning. The music of Alfred Schnittke helps to reveal the characters and their depth, together […] Read More

Exhibitions, Reviews
SCREAMS OF TIMES PAST – ALFRED KUBIN AT THE RICHARD NAGY GALLERY

SCREAMS OF TIMES PAST – ALFRED KUBIN AT THE RICHARD NAGY GALLERY

BY James Butterwick POSTED 02/11/2017 2:00 PM

Lao Tzu wrote that, “knowing others is wisdom. Knowing the self is enlightenment. Mastering others requires force. Mastering the self requires strength”. Alfred Kubin, “my conceptions do not follow any aesthetic canon, nor are they caricatures, they escape all formulations, but I know that certain creative forces drive me irresistibly”. If one examines the premise […] Read More

Talks and Events
An Evening with D.A.P (Dmitri Aleksandrovich Prigov): A Phantom Broadcast, Calvert 22, 14 November

An Evening with D.A.P (Dmitri Aleksandrovich Prigov): A Phantom Broadcast, Calvert 22, 14 November

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 02/11/2017 10:00 AM

To accompany the exhibition Dmitri Prigov. Theatre of Revolutionary Action, London-based artist Richard Crow (The Institution of Rot) presents an experimental immersive audio-visual performance that attempts to “make contact with the re-imagined body of Dmitri Prigov”. An Evening with D.A.P (Dmitri Aleksandrovich Prigov): A Phantom Broadcast is both a sound séance, and “an active homage of hauntology” that connects places […] Read More

Music, Talks and Events
Rebels in Music and Literature. Prokofiev, Medtner  and Shostakovich in Unison with Russian Writers, RCM, 13 November

Rebels in Music and Literature. Prokofiev, Medtner and Shostakovich in Unison with Russian Writers, RCM, 13 November

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 01/11/2017 1:24 PM

RCM musicians perform avant-garde piano music from early 20th-century Russia, which both inspired and was inspired by revolutionary poets. Interspersed with readings by students from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, we hear defiant pieces from two young musical rebels, Prokofiev and Shostakovich, and the turbulent work Medtner’s friends nicknamed the ‘war sonata’. This concert […] Read More

Exhibitions
FABERGE AND THE RUSSIAN REVOLUTION. Bentley & Skinner, 7-30 November

FABERGE AND THE RUSSIAN REVOLUTION. Bentley & Skinner, 7-30 November

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 31/10/2017 10:20 AM

An exhibition of objets d’art by Carl Faberge to mark the hundredth anniversary of the 1917 revolution for five days only from Tuesday 7th to Thursday 30th November 2017, 10.00am to 5.00pm, admission free. The 7th of November is an ordinary day for most of us but this year it is going to be 100 […] Read More

Art Market, Russian Art Week
RA+C SALES PREVIEW NOVEMBER 2017

RA+C SALES PREVIEW NOVEMBER 2017

BY Simon Hewitt POSTED 30/10/2017 2:30 PM

Alexander Deneika (1888-1965) threatens to be the most prominent figure in the London salerooms this November, with two powerful inter-war works each expected to bring around £3m. His 5ft 8in Coal Miner (1925) at Sotheby’s on November 28 is the left-hand, and only surviving figure, from a wider canvas painted by Deneika after visiting the […] Read More

Talks and Events
POETRY EVENING WITH EVGENIYA LAVUT: GENERATION 2000-2010S: ROOTS OF THE UNROOTED AND RULES OF THE UNCENSORED

POETRY EVENING WITH EVGENIYA LAVUT: GENERATION 2000-2010S: ROOTS OF THE UNROOTED AND RULES OF THE UNCENSORED

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 29/10/2017 11:53 AM

In a personal view of today’s poetry scene in Russia, leading Russian poet Evgeniya Lavut will trace the development of hermeticism and irony from the poetic language of the late Soviet period in the poetry of the new generation. Reading poems by significant modern authors and showing some video fragments, she will illustrate how Russian […] Read More

Talks and Events
John Milner: Art on the edge of extinction in revolutionary Russia, University of Bristol, 7 November

John Milner: Art on the edge of extinction in revolutionary Russia, University of Bristol, 7 November

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 28/10/2017 10:00 AM

Autumn Art Lectures 2017: The art of revolutions In 1917 the Russian Revolution seized private collections, shut galleries, and prevented artists from meeting wealthy patrons. But in the dictatorship of the proletariat workers would own nothing individually – but everything collectively. The radical avant-garde rapidly recognised in the Bolshevik State their only source of funding. […] Read More

Books
Translating the Russian Classics: Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky. With Nicolas Pasternak Slater and Rosamund Bartlett, Calvert 22, 6 November

Translating the Russian Classics: Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky. With Nicolas Pasternak Slater and Rosamund Bartlett, Calvert 22, 6 November

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 27/10/2017 11:30 AM

Sarah J. Young will chair the discussion between Nicolas Pasternak Slater and Rosamund Bartlett, who will share their insight into the process of translating Russian classics, an issue which continues to spark controversy even today, with a focus on the works of Fyodor Dostoevsky and Leo Tolstoy, Oxford University Press have published a brand new edition of Crime and Punishment by […] Read More

Exhibitions, Interviews, Performance Art
It Is Like Coming Up From a Deep Dive: One Needs to Spend Some Time Decompressing. Alexander Shishkin- Hokusai on Being a Contemporary Artist in Russia.

It Is Like Coming Up From a Deep Dive: One Needs to Spend Some Time Decompressing. Alexander Shishkin- Hokusai on Being a Contemporary Artist in Russia.

BY Olga Pogasova POSTED 26/10/2017 8:00 PM

Early in October, many locals residing in the vicinity of the Shtager Gallery curiously observed the setting up of the installation by artist Alexander Shishkin-Hokusai. Some got scandalised, others were delighted at it and even joined the performance later. This was the inauguration of Storming – the installation dedicated to the centenary of the Russian […] Read More

Performance Art, Talks and Events
Total, Phantom, Monumental: The Art of Installation in the work of Dmitri Prigov and Ilya & Emilia Kabakov, Calvert 22, 1 November

Total, Phantom, Monumental: The Art of Installation in the work of Dmitri Prigov and Ilya & Emilia Kabakov, Calvert 22, 1 November

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 26/10/2017 10:00 AM

To accompany Calvert 22 Foundation’s Dmitri Prigov. Theatre of Revolutionary Action, investigate installation art and hear the exhibition’s curator Elizaveta Butakova-Kilgarriff in conversation with Katy Wan, Assistant Curator at Tate Modern. The pair will discuss installation and the various approaches taken to the genre by Dmitri Prigov and by Russian-born artists Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, as well as the continued relevance of installation […] Read More

Music
Russian Culture to Aid British Charity. The Passage Celebrates Russian Soul at the Royal Festival Hall, 7 November

Russian Culture to Aid British Charity. The Passage Celebrates Russian Soul at the Royal Festival Hall, 7 November

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 25/10/2017 7:00 PM

Night Under The Stars presents an evening of music celebrating the many-layered ‘Russian Soul’, described by writers such as Tolstoy and Dostoevsky as a spirit of depth, strength, warmth and passion – qualities that permeate the music of the great Russian composers. Rachmaninov’s beguiling Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini is performed by pianist Boris […] Read More

Art Market, Russian Art Week
Russian Art Week in London: 24 November – 1 December 2017

Russian Art Week in London: 24 November – 1 December 2017

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 25/10/2017 11:16 AM

The next Russian Art Week will take place in London from 24 November to 1 December 2017. Russian Art Week, coinciding with the June and November auctions of Russian Art at Sotheby’s, Christie’s, MacDougall’s and Bonhams, attracts anyone who’s anyone in the Russian Art world. RUSSIAN ART+CULTURE publishes the official guide to Russian Art Week. […] Read More

Exhibitions, Talks and Events
GREAT TATAR – where Russia meets the East, GRAD TOUR, 21-27 January 2018

GREAT TATAR – where Russia meets the East, GRAD TOUR, 21-27 January 2018

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 25/10/2017 10:03 AM

GRAD gallery invites you on its version of Grand Tour of  Russia and its regions. Today, Tatars are Russia’s largest minority at about five million people. Although they are named after a Mongol tribe, the Tatars trace their origins to the ancient Bulgars. Volga Bulgaria was the first state formed in the region, created by […] Read More

Exhibitions
100 Year Anniversary of the 1917 October Revolution in Posters, AntikBar Gallery, 25 October – 7 November

100 Year Anniversary of the 1917 October Revolution in Posters, AntikBar Gallery, 25 October – 7 November

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 24/10/2017 4:00 PM

The twentieth century was shaped by several key global events. One of them – the 1917 October Revolution in Russia – led to the creation of a completely new social structure, government and system of beliefs. The events of the Russian Revolution have been described in many books and portrayed in films but very few […] Read More

Research, Talks and Events
A SATANIC VINAIGRETTE: WRITINGS ON THE RUSSIAN REVOLUTION, Pushkin House, 31 October

A SATANIC VINAIGRETTE: WRITINGS ON THE RUSSIAN REVOLUTION, Pushkin House, 31 October

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 24/10/2017 10:12 AM

For all sides of the political divide, the Russian Revolution of October 1917 remains a crucial event of 20th century history. The hopes and expectations raised by the first socialist revolution were immense: the revolution promised that a new world and new ways of living were possible, that the inequality and cruelty of capitalism could […] Read More

Performance Art, Theatre
Dostoevsky’s Demons and The Catechism of a Revolutionary, Calvert 22, 31 October

Dostoevsky’s Demons and The Catechism of a Revolutionary, Calvert 22, 31 October

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 23/10/2017 5:42 PM

Calvert 22 will host live performance in collaboration with SplitMoon Theatre company alongside their new production of Demons, Fyodor Dostoevsky’s tragic satire of Russian radicals which blurs the lines between good and evil. Two actors from the SplitMoon ensemble will perform a dramatised version of the chapter The Tsarevich, which Dostoevsky developed out of Sergei Nechaev’s Catechism of a Revolutionary. The dramatisation […] Read More

Books, Music, Talks and Events
SUBKULTURA: STORIES OF YOUTH AND RESISTANCE IN RUSSIA 1815-2017. ARTEMY TROITSKY IN CONVERSATION WITH ALEXANDER KAN, Pushkin House, 28 October

SUBKULTURA: STORIES OF YOUTH AND RESISTANCE IN RUSSIA 1815-2017. ARTEMY TROITSKY IN CONVERSATION WITH ALEXANDER KAN, Pushkin House, 28 October

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 23/10/2017 10:58 AM

Artemy Troitsky is both a chronicler of and a participant in some of the most exciting elements of Russian popular culture in the last half-century. Working variously as a journalist, music critic, concert promoter, broadcaster and academic, he has witnessed at first hand the underground movements which have shaped contemporary Russia. These are the stories […] Read More

Music
Vladimir Ashkenazy to Conduct Works by Shostakovich and Rachmaninov, Royal Festival Hall, 26 October

Vladimir Ashkenazy to Conduct Works by Shostakovich and Rachmaninov, Royal Festival Hall, 26 October

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 22/10/2017 8:17 PM

Rachmaninov’s First Piano Concerto reflects all the youthful freshness of a student composer. Shostakovich’s First Symphony, likewise written while he was still a student, received instant worldwide recognition. Shostakovich’s close friend Shebalin lived and worked under the Soviet regime, yet his music remained resolutely optimistic. Meanwhile Kabalevsky focused on writing lighter music for young performers […] Read More

Interviews
If One Respects Nature and Tradition, Nature Lovingly Returns This Hundredfold. Interview with Sculptor Dashi Namdakov.

If One Respects Nature and Tradition, Nature Lovingly Returns This Hundredfold. Interview with Sculptor Dashi Namdakov.

BY Irene Kukota POSTED 22/10/2017 6:45 PM

Dashi Namdakov is a Russian sculptor, graphic artist and jeweller. An ethnic Buryat and Buddhist by faith, he comes from the Chita region of Siberia, close to the Russian -Chinese Border. In his work Dashi draws on traditional Buryat crafts, on ancient artistic styles of the Eurasian steppes, and on Buddhist and shamanic mythology. He […] Read More

Music
Chamber choir Myriad: Viva La Revolution! 28 October at Holy Trinity Church

Chamber choir Myriad: Viva La Revolution! 28 October at Holy Trinity Church

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 22/10/2017 2:00 PM

In this anniversary year of the Russian Revolution, chamber choir Myriad explores music inspired by and surrounding revolutions. With compositions from Russia and Cuba through to spirituals and elegies of the American and Spanish Civil Wars, we make a fascinating journey through music written at times of great upheaval. Prepare for a thrilling ride with […] Read More

Music
Revolution! Russian piano and choral music of the 20th century. 28 October at St James’s Church

Revolution! Russian piano and choral music of the 20th century. 28 October at St James’s Church

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 22/10/2017 10:00 AM

Russian piano and choral music of the 20th century marking 100 years since the Russian Revolution. Featuring pianist Martin James Bartlett, former BBC Young Musician of the Year — and music by Rachmaninov, Scriabin, Prokofiev, Grechaninov, Chesnokov and others. The music will be woven together by narrative written by Rufus Stilgoe, author of our acclaimed Christmas Truce […] Read More

Music, Talks and Events
Descendant of Alexander Kolchak to Perform Tchaikovsky and Borodin in Memory of Russian Revolution, Rossotrudnichestvo, 26  October

Descendant of Alexander Kolchak to Perform Tchaikovsky and Borodin in Memory of Russian Revolution, Rossotrudnichestvo, 26 October

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 21/10/2017 5:03 PM

A celebration and commemoration of the 100 year anniversary of the Russian Revolution. In memory of Admiral Alexander Kolchak, the Russian naval commander, and his search for Romance in the Revolution. a concert of music by famous Russian composers including Tchaikovsky and Borodin and the poetry of the Revolution. A chance to revisit the Romance […] Read More

Talks and Events
“BEAUTY IN HELL: CULTURE IN THE GULAG”: EXHIBITING THE LIVES AND THE ART OF THE PRISONERS OF THE SOLOVKI PRISON CAMP, Pushkin House, 27 October

“BEAUTY IN HELL: CULTURE IN THE GULAG”: EXHIBITING THE LIVES AND THE ART OF THE PRISONERS OF THE SOLOVKI PRISON CAMP, Pushkin House, 27 October

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 21/10/2017 12:00 PM

This talk will be about “Beauty in Hell: Culture in the Gulag”, a virtual exhibition on the cultural resistance by the prisoners of the Solovki Prison Camp. The exhibition is hosted on the website of The Hunterian museum to mark the centenary of the October Revolution by focussing on the traumatic events that came as a long-term […] Read More

Exhibitions, Interviews
HEROES AND CLOWNS RUN RIOT AT THE SAATCHI. Interview with Curator of ART RIOT: Post-Soviet Actionism

HEROES AND CLOWNS RUN RIOT AT THE SAATCHI. Interview with Curator of ART RIOT: Post-Soviet Actionism

BY Simon Hewitt POSTED 20/10/2017 3:42 PM

The new Saatchi show ART RIOT: Post-Soviet Actionism, staged under the auspices of the Tsukanov Foundation (November 16–December 31), showcases Russians who have turned political protest into an art form. Oleg Kulik, AES and Blue Noses, who emerged after the fall of Communism, rub shoulders with such latterday scourges of Putinism as Pussy Riot, Piotr […] Read More

Exhibitions, Talks and Events
ART RIOT: POST-SOVIET ACTIONISM, Saatchi Gallery, 16 November – 31 December 2017    

ART RIOT: POST-SOVIET ACTIONISM, Saatchi Gallery, 16 November – 31 December 2017    

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 20/10/2017 3:09 PM

On 16 November 2017, the Tsukanov Family Foundation and Saatchi Gallery will open Art Riot: Post-Soviet Actionism, an exhibition dedicated to Post-Soviet protest art over the past 25 years, a world premier for protest artists Pussy Riot and Pyotr Pavlensky. Alongside this exhibition, award-winning theatre group Les Enfant Terribles will present Inside Pussy Riot, a ground-breaking immersive theatre experience including […] Read More

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