Articles By Irene Kukota

PIANIST ALEXEI VOLODIN, WITH EDITH PENA, PRESENT STORYTELLERS: MEDTNER & STRAVINSKY,  MERCHANT TAYLORS’ HALL , 27 NOVEMBER

PIANIST ALEXEI VOLODIN, WITH EDITH PENA, PRESENT STORYTELLERS: MEDTNER & STRAVINSKY, MERCHANT TAYLORS’ HALL , 27 NOVEMBER

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

Alexei Volodin has long been a champion of Nikolai Medtner’s music, feeling that his work is unfairly overshadowed by some of his contemporaries. As part of his mission to make Medtner’s music better known Volodin will perform a programme that presents three of his Fairy Tales and the Piano Quintetalongside the version of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring for two pianos. Alexei Volodin comments: […] Read More

Religious Procession in Kursk Province, Ilya Repin. Lecture by Mariska Beekenkamp-Wladimiroff, 21 November

Religious Procession in Kursk Province, Ilya Repin. Lecture by Mariska Beekenkamp-Wladimiroff, 21 November

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 19/11/2017 5:55 PM

A Masterpiece a Week is a term long class, run during lunch time, of some of the most famous and highly regarded paintings in the world.  This course gives you the chance to see some of the highlight works from galleries across the world, across the different art historical periods. On Tuesday, 21st November Mariska Beekenkamp-Wladimiroff […] Read More

Erté’s Alphabet Shows in London as Part of Erté: A Celebration, Grosvenor Gallery, Until 30 November

Erté’s Alphabet Shows in London as Part of Erté: A Celebration, Grosvenor Gallery, Until 30 November

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 19/11/2017 11:37 AM

‘He had neither equal nor rival; he was, and remains, unique’ – art critic Brian Sewell on Erté This November, a collection of more than 100 original gouaches by the Russian-born French artist known by his pseudonym Erté (Romain de Tirtoff,1892-1990) goes on show at London’s Grosvenor Gallery. All works in the exhibition are for sale. Among the […] Read More

The exhibition «Comrade, believe…» PUSHKIN IN DIALOGUE WITH THE EPOCH. THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE REVOLUTION IN RUSSIA, The National Pushkin Museum, 16 November 2017- 16 February 2018

The exhibition «Comrade, believe…» PUSHKIN IN DIALOGUE WITH THE EPOCH. THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE REVOLUTION IN RUSSIA, The National Pushkin Museum, 16 November 2017- 16 February 2018

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 19/11/2017 11:30 AM

  The exhibition is organized by the oldest National Pushkin Museum in Russia, possessing a unique collection that provides a chance to learn of the reception of A. Pushkin’s life and works in the Soviet times. The visitors will also see rarely exhibited materials from the museum collection. In the 100th anniversary of the October […] Read More

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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