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

News
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

Exclusively Living
News
THE TRAGEDY OF THE RUSSIAN POET WITH ROBERT CHANDLER, MARKUS LÄHTEENMÄKI AND CLEMENTINE CECIL, Pushkin House, 25 October

THE TRAGEDY OF THE RUSSIAN POET WITH ROBERT CHANDLER, MARKUS LÄHTEENMÄKI AND CLEMENTINE CECIL, Pushkin House, 25 October

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 20/10/2017 11:29 AM

During the Soviet era, poetry became a dangerous, subversive activity; nevertheless, poets such as Osip Mandelstam and Anna Akhmatova continued to defy the censors. Robert Chandler is chief editor of The Penguin Book of Russian Poetry, an anthology that traces Russian poetry from its Golden Age to the modern era, including work by several lesser […] Read More

Music, Talks and Events
Prof Ivan Hewett’s Lecture on Russian Composers of the XXth Century and Concert, Royal Festival Hall, 26 October

Prof Ivan Hewett’s Lecture on Russian Composers of the XXth Century and Concert, Royal Festival Hall, 26 October

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 20/10/2017 9:20 AM

An introduction to the evening’s programme with broadcaster and Royal College of Music professor, Ivan Hewett. Accompanying the talk, students from the Royal College of Music will perform a selection of chamber works: Scriabin Two Poèmes, Op. 32 Scriabin Fantasie in B minor, Op. 28 Mosolov Four Newspaper Announcements for voice and piano, Op. 21 Prokofiev Five Poems for voice and piano, Op. 36, No. […] Read More

Exhibitions, Interviews
Tate Modern Curator Juliet Bingham On The Recently Opened Ilya and Emilia Kabakov Exhibition

Tate Modern Curator Juliet Bingham On The Recently Opened Ilya and Emilia Kabakov Exhibition

BY Marina Maximova POSTED 20/10/2017 8:30 AM

This autumn Tate Modern stages the first in the UK major retrospective show of the works by artists Ilya and Emilia Kabakov. Curated in close dialogue with the duo, and organised in collaboration with the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg and the State Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow, the exhibition offers the opportunity to see some […] Read More

Film, Music
JOHN LEMAN RILEY IN CONVERSATION WITH CONDUCTOR FRANK STROBEL, Prior to Premiere of Eisenstein’s October, Pushkin House, 24 October

JOHN LEMAN RILEY IN CONVERSATION WITH CONDUCTOR FRANK STROBEL, Prior to Premiere of Eisenstein’s October, Pushkin House, 24 October

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 19/10/2017 8:00 PM

In conversation with the leading conductor Frank Strobel,  film expert and musicologist John Leman Riley will be exploring the history and continuing relevance of Soviet film music. The event will take place ahead of a historic screening of October two days later at the Barbican accompanied by a full symphony orchestra playing Oliver Meisel’s original 1928 score […] Read More

Research
Translations and Dialogues: The Reception of Russian Art Abroad. 25-27 October in Venice

Translations and Dialogues: The Reception of Russian Art Abroad. 25-27 October in Venice

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 19/10/2017 2:00 PM

The reception of Russian art in Europe and the United States is the subject of a three-day international conference, initiated by Silvia Burini, Director of the Centro Studi sulle Arti della Russia (CSAR) at the University Ca’ Foscari in Venice and Natasha Kurchanova, former President of the Society of Historians of East European, Eurasian, and Russian Art and Architecture, Inc. (SHERA), and co-organized by CSAR, […] Read More

Books
Launch of Artemy Troitsky’s Book Subkultura at Calvert 22, 23 October

Launch of Artemy Troitsky’s Book Subkultura at Calvert 22, 23 October

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 19/10/2017 10:34 AM

On 23rd October, journalist Artemy Troitsky launches his new book SUBKULTURA: Stories of youth and resistance in Russia, 1815-2017, published by The New Social in collaboration with HOME. These are the stories of a different Russia – not the land of tsars and generals, but of anarchists and artists, punks and dandies, gopniks and hipsters. Subkultura shines a light on the rebellious heroes of […] Read More

Books, Talks and Events, Theatre
Mystery-Bouffe Promenade Revival. 28-29 October at Waterstones Piccadilly

Mystery-Bouffe Promenade Revival. 28-29 October at Waterstones Piccadilly

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 18/10/2017 12:30 PM

A unique promenade, site-specific revival of Mystery-Bouffe.In celebration of the centenary of the Russian Revolution, we are reviving the atmosphere of 1917 Russia, in a new version of Mystery-Bouffe by Vladimir Mayakovsky. This immersive, site-specific production pays homage to the original production, directed by Vsevolod Meyerhold and designed by Kazimir Malevich. In celebration of the […] Read More

Film, News
Andrey Zvyagintsev’s Loveless Wins The Best Film Award at the BFI London Film Festival 2017

Andrey Zvyagintsev’s Loveless Wins The Best Film Award at the BFI London Film Festival 2017

BY Irene Kukota POSTED 17/10/2017 7:43 PM

Film director Andrey Zvyagintsev, previously known for The Return and especially the  LFF2014 Best Film winner Leviathan won another Best Film Award at the BFI London Film Festival 2017 for his recently released Loveless (Nelyubov’). The LFF competition winners (official competitors) were announced  on 14th October, Saturday.   The film narrates of  Zhenya and Boris — a couple going through a vicious divorce […] Read More

Film
Tsar to Lenin + Introduction by Barbara Slaughter, 22 October at Barbican

Tsar to Lenin + Introduction by Barbara Slaughter, 22 October at Barbican

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 16/10/2017 10:00 AM

A rare chance to see Herman Axelbank’s remarkable documentary record of the Russian Revolution. Made in 1936, the film begins with archive footage of the Tsar and his family on vacation, and moves through to protests, demonstrations and the Bolshevik revolution itself. Narrated by the American writer, poet and political activist Max Eastman. Read More

Film
Seventh Annual Diaspora – Israeli-Russian Film Festival, New York, 22 October

Seventh Annual Diaspora – Israeli-Russian Film Festival, New York, 22 October

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 15/10/2017 10:31 PM

Russian American Cultural Center is pleased to announce: The Seventh Annual Diaspora – Israeli-Russian Film Festival presented in collaboration with The Division of Russian and Slavic Studies, Hunter College, CUNY RACC’s film festivals are the only international forums representing Russian immigrant filmmakers in the United States and around the world, given the experience of immigration and the search […] Read More

Theatre
SplitMoon Theatre to Stage Dostoevsky’s Demons, St Leonard’s Church, 25 October – 11 November

SplitMoon Theatre to Stage Dostoevsky’s Demons, St Leonard’s Church, 25 October – 11 November

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 15/10/2017 1:20 PM

SplitMoon Theatre will stage the première of a new production of Demons at St Leonard’s Church in Shoreditch. Dramatised from Dostoevsky’s novel by Peter Stürm, who also directs, the site-responsive show will run from 25 October to 11 November 2017 and coincide with the Centenary of the Russian Revolution.  Demons is Dostoevsky’s prophetic vision of the Russian Revolution, and the subsequent bloodshed under the Soviet regimes. […] Read More

Music
Voices of Revolution, Royal College of Music, 23 October

Voices of Revolution, Royal College of Music, 23 October

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 14/10/2017 8:32 PM

From paintings of gnomes, witches and medieval castles to the final pealing bells of the Great Gate of Kiev, Mussorgsky’s most famous piano work takes listeners on a musical tour of an art gallery. Alongside, RCM pianists bring to life excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s characterful pieces for each month of the year and Rachmaninov’s richly complex Etudes-tableaux. […] Read More

Music
RUSSIAN COMPOSERS IN EXILE: A CELLO & PIANO RECITAL, The Pushkin House, 22 October

RUSSIAN COMPOSERS IN EXILE: A CELLO & PIANO RECITAL, The Pushkin House, 22 October

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 14/10/2017 12:13 PM

Cellist Alexey Sarkissov and pianist Alexander Karpeyev present a programme of Russian classical composers, who were suppressed during the Communist regime or had to leave the country altogether. The programme includes Grechaninov’s rarely-performed Sonata for cello and piano, Stravinsky’s Suite Italienne and the dramatic sonata by Shostakovich written months before his music was condemned by […] Read More

Interviews, Research
Madame Gulnar and Russian Literature. Interview with scholar Türkan Olcay about First Russian Female Orientalist Olga Lebedeva.

Madame Gulnar and Russian Literature. Interview with scholar Türkan Olcay about First Russian Female Orientalist Olga Lebedeva.

BY Borimir Totev POSTED 13/10/2017 4:01 PM

In Turkey the study of literary translations of Russian literature is largely unwritten as yet – or rather – it is contained in just a few brief pages. A Bulgarian- Turkish scholar Türkan Olcay produced an extensive research on the first Russian female orientalist Olga Sergeevna Lebedeva (1854–after 1912),  who under the pseudonym ‘Gülnar’, first introduced […] Read More

Film, Talks and Events
Keele University Professor Valentina Polukhina Talks on Joseph Brodsky, Rossotrudnichestvo, 13 October

Keele University Professor Valentina Polukhina Talks on Joseph Brodsky, Rossotrudnichestvo, 13 October

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 13/10/2017 3:04 PM

Professor of the Keele University Valentina Platonovna Polukhina is a Russian-British literary critic and a world famous expert on biography and literary legacy of the poet Joseph Brodsky. She dedicated most of her life to studying his works. On June 23, 2014 the Royal Society of Literature in  the UK awarded V. Polukhina with the honorable […] Read More

Film, Talks and Events
KEEP MY WORDS FOREVER: FILM SCREENING AND DISCUSSION WITH ROMA LIBEROV, Pushkin House, 19 October

KEEP MY WORDS FOREVER: FILM SCREENING AND DISCUSSION WITH ROMA LIBEROV, Pushkin House, 19 October

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 13/10/2017 9:07 AM

Osip Mandelstam’s story epitomises the fate of Russian poets. The Soviet state strove to kill him and to obliterate his poems. They succeeded in extinguishing his life, but not his work: cold, starvation and torture drove him to madness and death in the camps, yet his poems lived on. His wife, Nadezhda Mandelstam, saved them […] Read More

Exhibitions, Talks and Events
ART, SPACE AND THE FUTURE. TATE MODERN, 18 OCTOBER

ART, SPACE AND THE FUTURE. TATE MODERN, 18 OCTOBER

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 12/10/2017 5:00 PM

Next week, on the opening day of the Tate Modern retrospective, ‘Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: Not Everyone Will Be Taken into the Future’, Tate Modern is hosting a conversation on the legacy of Russian Cosmism within contemporary art. In the 1980s, Russia became infatuated with a space-centred utopian concept called Cosmism. Cosmism saw the vision and […] Read More

Talks and Events
Russia 1917-2017: From Tsars and Lenin to Putin and Trump. 15 October, a part of Cliveden Literary Festival.

Russia 1917-2017: From Tsars and Lenin to Putin and Trump. 15 October, a part of Cliveden Literary Festival.

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 12/10/2017 11:00 AM

Cliveden is the magnificent English country house with a unique and extraordinary history of politics and intrigue, aristocracy and espionage, sex and scandal. Time and again, Cliveden itself has become a character in the story of these isles. Ever since 1666, the house has also been known for its literary salon, helping to inspire writers […] Read More

Books, Talks and Events
Book launch – Holidays in Soviet Sanatoriums, Calvert 22, 19 October

Book launch – Holidays in Soviet Sanatoriums, Calvert 22, 19 October

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 12/10/2017 9:00 AM

This book is the first to offer a comprehensive collection of photographs and text on Soviet-era sanatoriums from Armenia to Uzbekistan. All the photographs are specially commissioned for the book, taken by a team of young photographers specialising in the post-Soviet territories. Originally conceived in the 1920s, sanatoriums afforded workers a place to holiday, courtesy […] Read More

Music
Lament and Inspiration, the Royal College of Music, 18 October

Lament and Inspiration, the Royal College of Music, 18 October

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 11/10/2017 2:57 PM

Dedicated ‘in memory of a great artist’ to pianist Nikolai Rubinstein, lament is at the heart of Tchaikovsky’s piano trio. Mournful and lyrical, Rachmaninov was inspired to use the same form for his first Trio élégiaque. In between we hear Glazunov’s landmark saxophone quartet, dedicated to Le Quatuor de la Musique de la Garde Républicaine ensemble. […] Read More

Opportunities, Research
“Eisenstein for the Twenty-first Century” Symposium. Call For Papers. Deadline: 1 January, 2018

“Eisenstein for the Twenty-first Century” Symposium. Call For Papers. Deadline: 1 January, 2018

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 11/10/2017 10:41 AM

Marking the 120th anniversary of Sergei Eisenstein’s birth, the international symposium Eisenstein for the Twenty-first Century, Prato, Italy, June 21-22, 2018 will examine the legacy of the revolutionary Russian director and film theorist and his continuing relevance to contemporary screen studies. Over the last two decades, our understanding of Eisenstein’s oeuvre and aims has been reshaped by publications and translations […] Read More

Exhibitions
Revolutionizing the World, Cal State LA Fine Arts Gallery, 9-18 October

Revolutionizing the World, Cal State LA Fine Arts Gallery, 9-18 October

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 10/10/2017 4:21 PM

In commemoration of the centennial of the Russian Revolution, California State University, Los Angeles will present an exhibition titled “Revolutionizing the World: The Russian Revolution at Its Centenary, 1917-2017.” The exhibition will kick off at Cal State LA on Oct. 9 and will travel to Sonoma State and then to Chico State. The exhibition uses […] Read More

Music, Talks and Events
VALERY GERGIEV VISITS WALES FOR EXCLUSIVE EVENT IN WALES, 11 October

VALERY GERGIEV VISITS WALES FOR EXCLUSIVE EVENT IN WALES, 11 October

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 10/10/2017 12:32 PM

One of the world’s most sought-after conductors, Valery Gergiev, is set to visit Wales next week as part of the commemorative arts season: R17.   R17 (or “Russia 17”) marks 100 years since the Russian revolution, and Wales’ unique relationship with the emerging Soviet Union of the time, through a year-long season of artistic events. […] Read More

Music
St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra Alexander Dmitriev with Peter Donohoe, Cadogan Hall, 16 October

St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra Alexander Dmitriev with Peter Donohoe, Cadogan Hall, 16 October

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 10/10/2017 9:04 AM

The St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra is one of the leading symphony orchestras of Russia, tonight conducted by its Chief Conductor Alexander Dmitriev and joined by English pianist Peter Donohoe for a programme of masterpieces by Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov. The evening’s programme opens with one of the most famous love themes in the world played by […] Read More

Art Market
Silver, Objets de Vertu & Russian Works of Art On Sale at Freeman’s Auction, 17 October

Silver, Objets de Vertu & Russian Works of Art On Sale at Freeman’s Auction, 17 October

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 09/10/2017 3:45 AM

  To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, on 17th October, Freeman’s, the US oldest auction house based in Philadelphia, holds an exceptional sale of Pre-revolutionary Russian masterworks, including an Imperial presentation ring by Michael Perkhin for Faberge (Lot 21 Est. $80,000-120,000), an exceptional cloisonne enamel box by Feodor Ruckert (Lot 8 Est. […] Read More

Exhibitions
Freedom for All? The History of One People in the Years of Revolution, The Jewish Museum and Tolerance Centre, Moscow, 17 october 2017 – 14 january 2018

Freedom for All? The History of One People in the Years of Revolution, The Jewish Museum and Tolerance Centre, Moscow, 17 october 2017 – 14 january 2018

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 07/10/2017 12:29 PM

In 2017 we are marking centenary of  the Russian Revolution of 1917. Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center presents an exhibition dedicated to this occasion.  ‘Freedom for All? The History of One People in the Years of Revolution’ is a multidisciplinary exhibition project by the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center and the Museum of Jewish History in Russia. […] Read More

Talks and Events
Hermitage Art Week, MacDougall’s Gallery, 16 – 19 October

Hermitage Art Week, MacDougall’s Gallery, 16 – 19 October

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 06/10/2017 10:29 AM

The Hermitage Foundation UK launches series of lectures by visiting curators from the Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg,  hosted by MacDougall Arts. The Art Week will consist of four lectures in Russian (simultaneous translation into English will be available) that will be held at 6pm each day at MacDougall’s gallery. 16 October  Yulia Lukyanova (the Hermitage […] Read More

Books, Talks and Events
A Cloud in Trousers – PoArtry of the Revolution, Waterstones Piccadilly, 12 October

A Cloud in Trousers – PoArtry of the Revolution, Waterstones Piccadilly, 12 October

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 06/10/2017 2:13 AM

To commemorate the centenary of the Russian Revolution, join  a group of UCL SSEES graduates who are presenting a short evening of literature, a night of cabaret in the spirit of the famous Stray Dog Cabaret. We’ll be entertained with poetry, music and drama, including the works of Vladimir Mayakovsky, Aleksander Blok, Osip Mandelstam and […] Read More

Film, Music
Philharmonia Orchestra – Battleship Potemkin: Live Screening, Royal Festival Hall, 12 October

Philharmonia Orchestra – Battleship Potemkin: Live Screening, Royal Festival Hall, 12 October

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 05/10/2017 5:30 PM

The Philharmonia’s Voices of Revolution: Russia 1917 series opens with the live screening of a silent film that tells an iconic story from the first Russian Revolution in 1905. Battleship Potemkin, Sergei Eisenstein’s 1925 masterpiece of film-making and Soviet propaganda, portrays mutiny in the Imperial navy. Its most dramatic sequence is one of the most famous in […] Read More

Exhibitions, Reviews
WHERE NOW? ‘REBOOTED’ BIENNALE MUST ADAPT TO MOSCOW’S SHIFTING ARTISTIC LANDSCAPE

WHERE NOW? ‘REBOOTED’ BIENNALE MUST ADAPT TO MOSCOW’S SHIFTING ARTISTIC LANDSCAPE

BY Simon Hewitt POSTED 05/10/2017 1:30 PM

THE MOSCOW BIENNALE, seemingly moribund two years ago, has survived. But is it as relevant today as when it was launched in 2005? Back then Moscow was recovering from the financial crisis of 1998, when Russia devalued the ruble and defaulted on its debt. The city’s nascent gallery-scene lacked international focus. The fairs Art Moskva […] Read More

Exhibitions
Textiles by Russian Artist Olga Nikich at Styled By Design Exhibition in Mayfair, 3- 7 October

Textiles by Russian Artist Olga Nikich at Styled By Design Exhibition in Mayfair, 3- 7 October

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 04/10/2017 4:47 PM

Styled by Design is a new exhibition of framed 20th Century textiles, will reveal a varied collection of rare and limited edition printed textiles imagined by Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, William Scott, Alexander Calder, Pablo Picasso, John Piper, Zandra Rhodes and many more in London this October. This historically significant exhibition will celebrate the revolutionary relationship […] Read More

Exhibitions, Music
Opera: Passion, Power and Politics at the V&A, 30 September – 25 February. In collaboration with the Royal Opera House

Opera: Passion, Power and Politics at the V&A, 30 September – 25 February. In collaboration with the Royal Opera House

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 04/10/2017 2:00 PM

A spectacular and vivid journey through 400 years of operatic and European history, Opera: Passion, Power and Politics opened on 30 September. Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, 1934, is explored in detail throughout the run of this V&A exhibition. Both avant-garde and propaganda material will be on display alongside a painting inspired by Shostakovich’s First Symphony […] Read More

Exhibitions
RED STAR OVER RUSSIA. A REVOLUTION IN VISUAL CULTURE 1905–55. 8 November – 18 February at Tate Modern

RED STAR OVER RUSSIA. A REVOLUTION IN VISUAL CULTURE 1905–55. 8 November – 18 February at Tate Modern

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

2017 marks the centenary of the October Revolution. Rebellion brought hope, chaos, heroism and tragedy as the Russian Empire became the Soviet Union, endured revolutions, civil war, famine, dictatorship and Nazi invasion. A new visual culture arose and transformed the fabric of everyday life. The core of this exhibition comes from the extraordinary collection of photographer […] Read More

Music
Semyon Bychkov and Janine Jansen Perform Britten and Mahler, Barbican, 5 October

Semyon Bychkov and Janine Jansen Perform Britten and Mahler, Barbican, 5 October

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 03/10/2017 3:00 PM

Following her LSO Artist Portrait last season, Janine Jansen presents Britten’s Violin Concerto, a grief-stricken yet achingly beautiful violin-concerto-as-requiem, written in despair at the victory of General Franco in the Spanish Civil War. The work struggles between an encroaching darkness and that very last candle-flame of hope, which ever refuses to be fully extinguished. With […] Read More

Film
Margy Kinmonth film ‘REVOLUTION – NEW ART FOR A NEW WORLD’ will air on BBC4, 8 November

Margy Kinmonth film ‘REVOLUTION – NEW ART FOR A NEW WORLD’ will air on BBC4, 8 November

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

Foxtrot Films announced that its feature documentary about the art of the Russian Revolution, REVOLUTION: NEW ART FOR A NEW WORLD produced & directed by Margy Kinmonth and co-produced by Maureen Murray, will air on BBC4 this autumn as part of the BBC’s Russian Season to mark the centenary of the Russian Revolution in October […] Read More

Books, Theatre
KAZAKH ARTS FESTIVAL, London, Bridewell Theatre, 3-7 October

KAZAKH ARTS FESTIVAL, London, Bridewell Theatre, 3-7 October

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 03/10/2017 2:38 AM

This autumn, the Kazakh Arts Festival together with Aitmatov Academy, Dulat Issabekov Foundation, S’Bride Foundation and with the support of Samruk Kazyna Trust  celebrate the work and life of the famous Kazakh playwright Dulat Issabekov, who also turns  75  in October 2017. For his  Diamond Jubilee a selection of his popular plays such as  “The Actress” and the […] Read More

Talks and Events
WHAT IS LEFT OF ART? EXHIBITIONS INSTEAD OF ARTWORKS: A TALK WITH KIRILL SVETLYAKOV, the Pushkin House, 11 October

WHAT IS LEFT OF ART? EXHIBITIONS INSTEAD OF ARTWORKS: A TALK WITH KIRILL SVETLYAKOV, the Pushkin House, 11 October

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 02/10/2017 11:15 PM

A talk with chief curator of the New State Tretyakov Gallery and co-curator of METAGEOGRAPHY. SPACE – IMAGE – ACTION Kirill Svetlyakov, one of the leading curators and art theorists in Russia today. Kirill will talk about the status and perception of works of art in the context of modern museums, exhibitions and post-industrial culture. Kirill Svetlyakov has […] Read More

Music
UK premieres of Larcher and Bruch BBC Symphony Orchestra/Vedernikov, Barbican, 4 October

UK premieres of Larcher and Bruch BBC Symphony Orchestra/Vedernikov, Barbican, 4 October

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 02/10/2017 3:18 PM

A programme of variety and invention from a quartet of Austro-German composers opens with music by a BBC SO favourite, Thomas Larcher (whose Symphony made such an impact at the 2016 BBC Proms). It is followed by a UK premiere of Bruch’s Double Piano Concerto (with two of today’s most exciting young pianists), a work […] Read More

Film, Talks and Events
WHAT’S LEFT? A CENTURY IN REVOLUTION, Programme of Films, Art-Projects and Discussions Run By Durham University, 29 September – 8 October

WHAT’S LEFT? A CENTURY IN REVOLUTION, Programme of Films, Art-Projects and Discussions Run By Durham University, 29 September – 8 October

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 01/10/2017 10:52 PM

Durham University is pleased to announce the special programme of films, art-projects and discussions, titled What’s Left? A Century in Revolution, which takes place at Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle, between Friday 29 September and Sunday 8 October. The programme is produced as part of the Cross-Language Dynamics (Open World Research Initiative Project)  and is curated by a team of Durham scholars (Dušan Radunović as lead curator) and […] Read More

Exhibitions, Talks and Events
Exclusive trip to Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, 21 October

Exclusive trip to Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, 21 October

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 01/10/2017 9:00 PM

Join us for the exclusive trip to Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts on Saturday, 21 October. This is a whole day visit to Sainsbury Centre in Norfolk. In October 2017 it marks the anniversary of the Russian Revolution by staging two major exhibitions throughout the Russia Season contrasting Russian art and life, before and after […] Read More

Talks and Events
VIRGINIA WOOLF AND THE SUPPRESSED CHAPTER FROM DOSTOEVSKY’S THE DEMONS: LECTURE AND READING, The Pushkin House, 5 October

VIRGINIA WOOLF AND THE SUPPRESSED CHAPTER FROM DOSTOEVSKY’S THE DEMONS: LECTURE AND READING, The Pushkin House, 5 October

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 01/10/2017 11:06 AM

A reading of Virginia Woolf’s translation of the suppressed chapter, “Stavrogin’s Confession”, from Dostoevsky’s novel Demons. The reading by Samuel Collings, who will play the role of Stavrogin in a new dramatisation of the book opening in London in October and produced by SplitMoon Theatre, will be preceded by a talk on the book and the suppressed chapter by Irina […] Read More

Music
Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra Perform Stravinsky and Rimsky-Korsakov at The Cadogan Hall, 8-9 October

Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra Perform Stravinsky and Rimsky-Korsakov at The Cadogan Hall, 8-9 October

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 30/09/2017 5:38 PM

Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra return to Cadogan Hall with two programmes celebrating the music of Rimsky-Korsakov and his most famous pupil Stravinsky. Following his success last year with both Prokofiev concerti, Kristóf Baráti returns with the Mariinsky for Stravinsky’s Violin Concerto in D on 9th October. Rimsky-Korsakov’s suite from The Tale of Tsar Saltan is […] Read More

Exhibitions, Talks and Events
FALLEN: Revolution – Propaganda – Iconoclasm, Art Exchange, University of Essex, 16 September – 4 November 2017

FALLEN: Revolution – Propaganda – Iconoclasm, Art Exchange, University of Essex, 16 September – 4 November 2017

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 30/09/2017 10:27 AM

The University of Essex marks the centenary of the Russian Revolution with an exhibition that explores the rise and fall of the cult of Vladimir Lenin. From the exhilaration of the early Soviet years, to the systematic imposition of a personality cult that was used to enforce the will of the Communist Party, FALLEN documents […] Read More

Exhibitions
Shtager Gallery Stages New Installation: Storming by Alexander Shishkin-Hokusai, London, 10 October

Shtager Gallery Stages New Installation: Storming by Alexander Shishkin-Hokusai, London, 10 October

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 29/09/2017 6:23 PM

Shtager Gallery/Elephant & Castle Experimental Space announce the launch of Storming — total installation of the seminal Russian artist Alexander Shishkin-Hokusai (b. 1969, St. Petersburg, Russia) which will be shown in London for the first time. The installation consists of 43 hand-painted plywood sculptures and is created especially for the London exhibition to follow the Frieze art fair and to mark the […] Read More

Performance Art, Theatre
Xameleon Theatre Presents: A Dog’s Heart, Pleasance Theatre Islington, 5-7 October

Xameleon Theatre Presents: A Dog’s Heart, Pleasance Theatre Islington, 5-7 October

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 29/09/2017 5:23 PM

In a surrealistic stroke, a brilliant medical professor transforms a stray dog into a monstrous man who rebelliously turns against his creator… Written in 1925, by Russian author Mikhail Bulgakov’s satirical masterpiece was banned in Russia for 60 years for its controversial portrayal of the social clash between the classes and generations. The story, featuring […] Read More

Talks and Events
EMILIA KABAKOV IN CONVERSATION WITH ELENA ZAYTSEVA, The Pushkin House, 3 Ocotber

EMILIA KABAKOV IN CONVERSATION WITH ELENA ZAYTSEVA, The Pushkin House, 3 Ocotber

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 29/09/2017 4:59 PM

Join us for an evening with Emilia Kabakov, of the celebrated Kabakov artistic duo, whose major retrospective is to open at Tate Modern in mid October. In an exclusive discussion with curator Elena Zaytseva for Pushkin House, Emilia will talk about her collaborative work with her husband Ilya Kabakov, the construction of some of their […] Read More

Film, Talks and Events
REIMAGINING EARLY SOVIET ANIMATION: AN EVENING OF SCREENINGS & LECTURES IN COLLABORATION WITH ESTETIKA ZVUKA, The Pushkin House, 1 October

REIMAGINING EARLY SOVIET ANIMATION: AN EVENING OF SCREENINGS & LECTURES IN COLLABORATION WITH ESTETIKA ZVUKA, The Pushkin House, 1 October

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 29/09/2017 4:53 PM

For this event eight pre-revolutionary and early Soviet animated silent shorts have been chosen. Contemporary Russian electronic musicians have composed soundtracks to accompany each one, allowing a new perception of each animated story. The screening will be open with a lecture explaining the origins of Soviet cinema and its influence upon contemporary film today. This project […] Read More

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