Books

Book Launch: Dr Rachel Morley: Performing Femininity, UCL SSEES Russian Cinema Research Group, 8 May

Book Launch: Dr Rachel Morley: Performing Femininity, UCL SSEES Russian Cinema Research Group, 8 May

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 28/04/2017 4:43 PM

Oriental dancers, ballerinas, actresses and opera singers the figure of the female performer is ubiquitous in the cinema of pre-Revolutionary Russia. From the first feature film, Romashkov’s Stenka Razin (1908), through the sophisticated melodramas of the 1910s, to Viskovsky’s The Last Tango (1918), made shortly before the pre-Revolutionary film industry was dismantled by the new […] Read More

Book launch & dance performance: The Sixth Sense of the Avant-Garde: Dance, Kinaesthesia and the Arts in Revolutionary Russia, Calvert 22, 18 May

Book launch & dance performance: The Sixth Sense of the Avant-Garde: Dance, Kinaesthesia and the Arts in Revolutionary Russia, Calvert 22, 18 May

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 18/04/2017 7:30 PM

As part of The Future is Now: Revisiting Revolution, Calvert 22 Foundation is excited to host a dynamic evening of dance to launch the new book The Sixth Sense of the Avant-Garde: Dance, Kinaesthesia and the Arts in Revolutionary Russia by Irina Sirotkina and Roger Smith (Bloomsbury Publishing). You’ll be introduced to the history of dance and movement among Russian avant-garde […] Read More

BOOK REVIEW: The Vanishing Futurist. By James Van de Pette

BOOK REVIEW: The Vanishing Futurist. By James Van de Pette

BY James Van de Pette POSTED 14/04/2017 7:31 PM

Given the seductive appeal of the Russian Revolution (at least for British audiences) it is perhaps peculiar that so few novelists, with the notable exception of Penelope Fitzgerald and The Beginning of Spring, have sought the streets of Moscow in 1917 as the backdrop to a romantic tale. Few though could be more qualified in […] Read More

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THE 5TH PUSHKIN HOUSE ANNUAL BOOK PRIZE AWARD CEREMONY & DINNER, 7th June

THE 5TH PUSHKIN HOUSE ANNUAL BOOK PRIZE AWARD CEREMONY & DINNER, 7th June

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 30/03/2017 12:00 AM

The Pushkin House Russian Book Prize, now in its fifth year, rewards the very best non-fiction writing on Russia.  Worth £5,000 to the winner, the Prize was created to encourage public understanding and intelligent debate about the Russian-speaking world.  The prize is for a book published in English, but translations from other languages, including of course […] Read More

Book Review: Galeev Gallery Celebrates Publication of the Catalogue “Kuzma Petrov – Vodkin and His School”

Book Review: Galeev Gallery Celebrates Publication of the Catalogue “Kuzma Petrov – Vodkin and His School”

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 15/03/2017 12:00 AM

As the exhibition at the Royal Academy Revolution: Russian Art 1917–1932 gathers pace and gets more and more responses and reviews in the press and online, one also learns that the viewers,  especially the British viewers, discover for themselves the art of Kuzma Petrov-Vodkin, who until recently has not been as well-known in the UK as his […] Read More

BOOK REVIEW: Nigel Cliff’s Moscow Nights by Stephen Dalziel

BOOK REVIEW: Nigel Cliff’s Moscow Nights by Stephen Dalziel

BY Stephen Dalziel POSTED 05/01/2017 12:00 AM

Nigel Cliff’s Moscow Nights (Harper Collins, 2016) by Stephen Dalziel In this superbly-written book, Nigel Cliff has uncovered one of the great personal stories of the Cold War: how an unassuming 23-year old boy from Texas could win the hearts of the Russian people at a time when mistrust between the USSR and the USA […] Read More

CFP: Stanford CREEES’ International Yearbook of Futurism Studies 2019 and Russian Futurism

CFP: Stanford CREEES’ International Yearbook of Futurism Studies 2019 and Russian Futurism

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 27/12/2016 12:00 AM

The International Yearbook of Futurism Studies for the year 2019 will be dedicated to Russian Futurism. The editors invite papers devoted to any topic related to the history of the movement and welcome new research on budetlianism vs. futurizm; Russian reports on Italian Futurism 1909-1915, 1920-1930; Futurism and Constructivism; zaum and parole in libertà; Futurism in Russian theatre, music, design, […] Read More

BOOK: A Sparrow’s Journey: John Berger reads Andrey Platonov

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 03/11/2016 12:00 AM

A Sparrow’s Journey: John Berger reads Andrey Platonov Published by House Sparrow Press Format: paperback, 102 x 182mm, 96pp, perfect bound, with cover artwork by John and Yves Berger, plus audio CD (44:34) in slipcase with 4 colour plates by Georgia Keeling. 600 copies ISBN: 978-0-9935693-2-6 RRP: £9.99 John Berger described the great Soviet writer […] Read More

EVENT: BOOK LAUNCH: Avant-Garde Textiles: Designs for Fabric by Julia Tulovsky, New York, 2 November

EVENT: BOOK LAUNCH: Avant-Garde Textiles: Designs for Fabric by Julia Tulovsky, New York, 2 November

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 28/10/2016 12:00 AM

Book launch: Avant-Garde Textiles: Designs for Fabric by Julia Tulovsky Published by Tatlin Press: Yekaterinburg, 2016 At St. Petersburg Global Trade House, 261 Fifth Ave New York, NY 10016 Wednesday, 2 November, 18:30 – 20:30  Please join us for a book-signing event with Julia Tulovsky, Curator for Russian and Soviet Nonconformist Art at the Zimmerli Art Museum […] Read More

NEWS: BBC celebrates the 150th anniversary of ‘Crime and Punishment’

NEWS: BBC celebrates the 150th anniversary of ‘Crime and Punishment’

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 14/10/2016 12:00 AM

The BBC invites readers to attend a discussion on Fyodor Dostoevsky on 1 November at Pushkin House in London marking the 150th anniversary of the publication of Crime and Punishment, RBTH reports. The discussion is taking part within the framework of the BBC World Book Club and will be broadcast on Nov. 5 on the […] Read More

BOOK: Hidden Urbanism: Architecture and Design of the Moscow Metro 1935 – 2015 by Sergey Kuznetsov, Alexander Zmeul & Erken Kagarov

BOOK: Hidden Urbanism: Architecture and Design of the Moscow Metro 1935 – 2015 by Sergey Kuznetsov, Alexander Zmeul & Erken Kagarov

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 06/10/2016 12:00 AM

Hidden Urbanism Architecture and Design of the Moscow Metro 1935 – 2015 By Sergey Kuznetsov / Alexander Zmeul / Erken Kagarov Published by DOM publishers The Moscow metro comprises a route network with a total length of 320 km and is the most fascinating underground transport system in the world. Each year more than 2.4 […] Read More

EVENT: “Medium”: presentation of the English version of a book by Sergei Khachaturov at Waterstones Piccadilly, 7 October

EVENT: “Medium”: presentation of the English version of a book by Sergei Khachaturov at Waterstones Piccadilly, 7 October

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 06/10/2016 12:00 AM

“Medium“: presentation of the English version of a book by Sergei Khachaturov Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra String Quartet performance At Waterstones Piccadilly 7 October at 7 pm On 7 October, Rossotrudnichestvo in London and Waterstones Piccadilly will host the launch of the English version of a book celebrating the 85th anniversary of the legendary Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra. The […] Read More

EVENT: Catherine Merridale & Simon Sebag Montefiore discuss ‘Lenin on the Train’ at Daunt Books Marylebone, 10 October

EVENT: Catherine Merridale & Simon Sebag Montefiore discuss ‘Lenin on the Train’ at Daunt Books Marylebone, 10 October

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 06/10/2016 12:00 AM

Catherine Merridale & Simon Sebag Montefiore discuss ‘Lenin on the Train’ At Daunt Books Marylebone 10 October at 7pm As we approach the one hundredth anniversary of the Russian Revolution, Catherine Merridale’s sparkling new book takes us to 1917 when at the height of the First World War a group within the German Government decided to […] Read More

BOOK: The Organic School of the Russian Avant-Garde by Isabel Wünsche

BOOK: The Organic School of the Russian Avant-Garde by Isabel Wünsche

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 30/09/2016 12:00 AM

The Organic School of the Russian Avant-Garde Nature’s Creative Principles By Isabel Wnsche Published by Routledge The artists of the Organic School of the Russian avant-garde found inspiration as well as a model for artistic growth in the creative principles of nature. Isabel Wünsche analyzes the artistic influences, intellectual foundations, and scientific publications that shaped the […] Read More

INTERVIEW: Tvoya Istoriya (Your Story)’s Interview with Ivan Lindsay about his new book on Soviet art

INTERVIEW: Tvoya Istoriya (Your Story)’s Interview with Ivan Lindsay about his new book on Soviet art

BY Tatiana Pokoptseva POSTED 28/09/2016 12:00 AM

Tvoya Istoriya (Your Story), the Russian federal project about people in Russian culture, art & fashion, published their recent interview with Ivan Lindsay, a London-based art dealer and writer specialising in 20th century Russian art, where he talks about his interest in Russia, collecting art and his new book ‘Masterpieces of Soviet Painting and Sculpture‘. Tatiana Pokoptseva: You are British but […] Read More

BOOK: Bolshoi Confidential by Simon Morrison

BOOK: Bolshoi Confidential by Simon Morrison

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 27/09/2016 12:00 AM

Bolshoi Confidential Secrets of the Russian Ballet from the Rule of the Tsars to Today By Simon Morrison Published by Harper Collins On a freezing night in January 2013, an assailant hurled acid in the face of the artistic director of the Bolshoi Ballet, Sergei Filin. The crime, organised by a lead soloist, dragged one […] Read More

EVENT: Book Launch: PAM WARDELL “A Very Private Affair – a Soviet Dissident’s “English Wife” at Princess Dashkova Russian Centre, 29 September

EVENT: Book Launch: PAM WARDELL “A Very Private Affair – a Soviet Dissident’s “English Wife” at Princess Dashkova Russian Centre, 29 September

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 26/09/2016 12:00 AM

Book Launch: PAM WARDELL: A Very Private Affair – a Soviet Dissident’s “English Wife” Published by Howard Press, 2016 At Princess Dashkova Russian Centre, 14 Buccleuch Place, Edinburgh EH8 9LN 29 September at 6.00pm “A Very Private Affair…” is a memoir of Speranza Howard (1903 – 95) who was born and brought up in pre-revolutionary Russia and escaped with her […] Read More

NEWS: New map celebrates Moscow’s Constructivist architecture

NEWS: New map celebrates Moscow’s Constructivist architecture

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 23/09/2016 12:00 AM

Constructivist Moscow Map by Blue Crow Media in collaboration with The Constructivist Project Moscow’s avant-­garde architecture is being celebrated with the publication of the Constructivist Moscow Map by city guide publisher Blue Crow Media in collaboration with Natalia Melikova of the Moscow-­based preservation group, The Constructivist Project and Nikolai Vassiliev of DOCOMOMO Russia. This dual language (English and Russian) guide features over 50 remarkable examples of Constructivist architecture from celebrated architects and engineers such as Melnikov, Ginzburg, Shukhov, the Vesnins and others. Buildings such as Melnikov House and Narkomfin are included along with Shukhov Tower and the Izvestia […] Read More

BOOK: Russian History through the Senses: From 1700 to the Present, ed. by Matthew P. Romaniello & Tricia Starks

BOOK: Russian History through the Senses: From 1700 to the Present, ed. by Matthew P. Romaniello & Tricia Starks

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 19/09/2016 12:00 AM

Russian History through the Senses: From 1700 to the Present Edited by Matthew P. Romaniello and Tricia Starks Published by Bloomsbury Publishing Bringing together an impressive cast of well-respected scholars in the field of modern Russian studies, Russian History through the Senses investigates life in Russia from 1700 to the present day via the senses. It […] Read More

BOOK: The Wolf Wilder by Katherine Rundell

BOOK: The Wolf Wilder by Katherine Rundell

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 16/09/2016 12:00 AM

The Wolf Wilder by Katherine Rundell Published by Bloomsbury Publishing Feodora and her mother live in the snowbound woods of Russia, in a house full of food and fireplaces. Ten minutes away, in a ruined chapel, lives a pack of wolves. Feodora’s mother is a wolf wilder, and Feo is a wolf wilder in training. […] Read More

BOOK: Rasputin by Douglas Smith

BOOK: Rasputin by Douglas Smith

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 15/09/2016 12:00 AM

Rasputin by Douglas Smith Published by Macmillan Publishers, November 2016 On the centenary of the death of Rasputin comes a definitive biography that will dramatically change our understanding of this fascinating figure. A hundred years after his murder, Rasputin continues to excite the popular imagination as the personification of evil. Numerous biographies, novels, and films […] Read More

BOOK: Lenin on the Train by Catherine Merridale

BOOK: Lenin on the Train by Catherine Merridale

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 15/09/2016 12:00 AM

Lenin on the Train By Catherine Merridale Published by Penguin Books, October 2016 A gripping account of how, in the depths of the First World War, Russia’s greatest revolutionary was taken in a ‘sealed train’ across Europe and changed the history of the world By 1917 the European war seemed to be endless. Both sides […] Read More

BOOK: Caught in the Revolution by Helen Rappaport

BOOK: Caught in the Revolution by Helen Rappaport

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 14/09/2016 12:00 AM

Caught in the Revolution by Helen Rappaport Published by Hutchinson (25 Aug. 2016) 448 pages Caught in the Revolution is Helen Rappaport’s masterful telling of the outbreak of the Russian Revolution through eye-witness accounts left by foreign nationals who saw the drama unfold. Between the first revolution in February 1917 and Lenin’s Bolshevik coup in October, […] Read More

BOOK: Russian Realisms Literature and Painting, 1840–1890 by Molly Brunson

BOOK: Russian Realisms Literature and Painting, 1840–1890 by Molly Brunson

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 14/09/2016 12:00 AM

Russian Realisms Literature and Painting, 1840–1890 By Molly Brunson Published by Northern Illinois University Press “In Russian Realisms, Molly Brunson tackles a very complicated subject and elaborates a serious philosophical context. An analysis and appreciation of this kind are long overdue.” —John Bowlt, editor of Russian Avant-Garde Theatre: War, Revolution, and Design One fall evening in […] Read More

EVENT: Book launch: Sergei Sviatchenko – Collages at Calvert 22, 27 September

EVENT: Book launch: Sergei Sviatchenko – Collages at Calvert 22, 27 September

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 12/09/2016 12:00 AM

Please join us at the Calvert 22 Bookshop for the UK launch of Sergei Sviatchenko: Collages, the gorgeous monograph on the work of the leading collage artist. You’ll be able to hear Sergei Sviatchenko in conversation with the book’s editorRick Poynor as they discuss the new publication, today’s image culture, and the career of an artist who continues […] Read More

EVENT: New Humanist Autumn 2016 Issue Launch Party at Waterstones Piccadilly, 30 August

EVENT: New Humanist Autumn 2016 Issue Launch Party at Waterstones Piccadilly, 30 August

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 18/08/2016 12:00 AM

New Humanist Autumn 2016 Issue Launch Party At Waterstones Piccadilly 30 August at 7pm Join New Humanist contributors Owen Hatherley and Dawn Foster in conversation to mark the launch of the Autumn 2016 New Humanist. The Chernobyl accident of 1986 is one of the greatest catastrophes of the nuclear age, yet its aftermath was followed by […] Read More

EVENT: Revolutionary Roads with Charlotte Hobson & Marina Stepnova at Edinburgh Book Festival, 24 August 2016

EVENT: Revolutionary Roads with Charlotte Hobson & Marina Stepnova at Edinburgh Book Festival, 24 August 2016

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 15/08/2016 12:00 AM

Revolutionary Roads with Charlotte Hobson & Marina Stepnova at Edinburgh Book Festival, 5 Charlotte Square, Edinburgh EH2 4DR 24 August, 3:30pm – 4:30pm A novel shortlisted for the Russian Booker Prize is translated into English for the first time. These two novels open up vast and memorable canvasses, though each begins in Russia at the time of […] Read More

INTERVIEW: Daniel Beer, author of The House of the Dead: Siberian Exile Under the Tsars

INTERVIEW: Daniel Beer, author of The House of the Dead: Siberian Exile Under the Tsars

BY Theodora Clarke POSTED 29/07/2016 12:00 AM

Daniel Beer is Senior Lecturer in Modern European History at Royal Holloway, University of London. He has published extensively on crime, terrorism and punishment in nineteenth century Russia. He is the author of Renovating Russia: The Human Sciences and the Fate of Liberal Modernity, 1880-1930 (Cornell UP: 2008). We spoke to him about his new […] Read More

BOOK: Georgii Krutikov- The Flying City and Beyond, by Selim O. Khan-Magomedov, translated by Christina Lodder

BOOK: Georgii Krutikov- The Flying City and Beyond, by Selim O. Khan-Magomedov, translated by Christina Lodder

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 27/07/2016 12:00 AM

Georgii Krutikov, The Flying City and Beyond / Георгий Крутиков, «Летающий город» (1928) by Selim O. Khan-Magomedov, translated by Christina Lodder The very first detailed study of Krutikov’s sensational Flying City has been translated and published.  In 1927, while a student of architecture at the Moscow VKhUTEMAS, Georgii Krutikov presented a vision for a flying city. More […] Read More

EVENT: From Leningrad to London- The legacy of Soviet picture books at House of Illustration, 26 July 2016

EVENT: From Leningrad to London- The legacy of Soviet picture books at House of Illustration, 26 July 2016

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 25/07/2016 12:00 AM

From Leningrad to London: The legacy of Soviet picture books at House of Illustration, 2 Granary Square, King’s Cross, London N1C 4BH 26 July, 7 PM Explore the impact and continuing influence of 1920s and 30s Russian children’s books: from revolutionising the English picture books of the 1930s and 40s to the way that contemporary […] Read More

EVENT: The House of the Dead- Siberian Exile Under the Tsars, author Daniel Beer in conversation with Paul Lay at Pushkin House, 27 July 2016

EVENT: The House of the Dead- Siberian Exile Under the Tsars, author Daniel Beer in conversation with Paul Lay at Pushkin House, 27 July 2016

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 13/07/2016 12:00 AM

The House of the Dead- Siberian Exile Under the Tsars, author Daniel Beer in conversation with Paul Lay at Pushkin House, 5A Bloomsbury Square, London WC1A 2TA 27 July, 7:00 – 8:30 PM  Drawing on an extensive body published sources and on hundreds of files held in archives across Russia and Siberia, this book, published this […] Read More

EVENT: Russian Highlights at The Edinburgh Book Festival, 13-29 August 2016

EVENT: Russian Highlights at The Edinburgh Book Festival, 13-29 August 2016

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 08/07/2016 12:00 AM

Russian Highlights at The Edinburgh Book Festival at Charlotte Square Gardens 13-29 August 2016 The Edinburgh International Book Festival began in 1983 and is now a key event in the August Festival season, celebrated annually in Scotland’s capital city. Biennial at first, the Book Festival became a yearly celebration in 1997. Throughout its history, the […] Read More

BOOK: Aleksandr Zhitomirsky- Photomontage as a Weapon of World War II and the Cold War, by Erika Wolf

BOOK: Aleksandr Zhitomirsky- Photomontage as a Weapon of World War II and the Cold War, by Erika Wolf

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 04/07/2016 12:00 AM

Aleksandr Zhitomirsky: Photomontage as a Weapon of World War II and the Cold War  by Erika Wolf Release – 29 November 2016 The leading Russian propaganda artist Aleksandr Zhitomirsky (1907–1993) made photomontages that were airdropped on German troops during World War II. He later worked for Pravda and other leading publications, satirizing American politics and […] Read More

BOOKS: New Translations of Russian Classics by Dostoevsky & Chekhov by Alma Classics

BOOKS: New Translations of Russian Classics by Dostoevsky & Chekhov by Alma Classics

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 29/06/2016 12:00 AM

New Translations of Russian Classics by Dostoevsky & Chekhov by Alma Classics This month Alma Classics will release new translations of important works by two Russian masters—Fyodor Dostoevsky and Anton Chekhov. Dostoevsky’s The Adolescent, translated by Dora O’Brien, is a searing piece of social commentary which is an indispensable read for any lover of the Russian […] Read More

EVENT: Celebrating Russian writer Teffi at Daunt Books Marylbone, 27 June 2016

EVENT: Celebrating Russian writer Teffi at Daunt Books Marylbone, 27 June 2016

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 24/06/2016 12:00 AM

Celebrating Russian writer Teffi at Daunt Books, 83 Marylebone High Street, London W1U 4QW 27 June, 7 – 8 pm Celebrating Russian writer Teffi – a talk with translator Robert Chandler, novelist Michael Frayn & Teffi fan Charlotte Hobson.  Pushkin Press have long championed the literary brilliance of Teffi, celebrated writer in Russia before the revolution and […] Read More

NEWS: Soviet Era Books for Children and Youth (1918-1938) online on The Princeton University Digital Library’s website

NEWS: Soviet Era Books for Children and Youth (1918-1938) online on The Princeton University Digital Library’s website

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 22/06/2016 12:00 AM

This digital collection represents 46 imprints from the Russian holdings of the Cotsen Children’s Library. All of the selections in this group were produced between 1918 and 1938 and present examples of the visual and verbal idioms artists and authors used to address the country’s children and youth in the first two decades after the […] Read More

BOOK: Central Asia in Art by Aliya Abykayeva-Tiesenhausen

BOOK: Central Asia in Art by Aliya Abykayeva-Tiesenhausen

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 13/06/2016 12:00 AM

Central Asia in Art From Soviet Orientalism to the New Republics By Aliya Abykayeva-Tiesenhausen Published by I.B. Tauris Publishers In the midst of the space race and nuclear age, Soviet Realist artists were producing figurative paintings. Why? How was art produced to control and co-opt the peripheries of the Soviet Union, particularly Central Asia? Presenting the […] Read More

EVENT: Russian Criminal Tattoos: Q&A with Fuel Publishers at Pushkin House, 15 June

EVENT: Russian Criminal Tattoos: Q&A with Fuel Publishers at Pushkin House, 15 June

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 08/06/2016 12:00 AM

Russian Criminal Tattoos and Other Stories: Q&A with Fuel Publishers  At Pushkin House, 5A Bloomsbury Square, WC1A 2TA 15 June, 7:30-8:30pm with drinks reception.  Fuel started with the Russian Criminal Tattoo books – publishing what had already appeared in Russia – but were soon sourcing and publishing original material, even creating their own collections. They […] Read More

REVIEW: Theodora Clarke’s review of Simon Montefiore’s The Romanovs: 1613 – 1918 published in East-West Review magazine

REVIEW: Theodora Clarke’s review of Simon Montefiore’s The Romanovs: 1613 – 1918 published in East-West Review magazine

BY Theodora Clarke POSTED 27/05/2016 12:00 AM

In 1945, when Averell Harriman, the United States Ambassador to the Soviet Union, congratulated him on taking Berlin, Stalin riposted: ‘Yes, but Alexander I made it to Paris.’ Even after the fall of the Russian Empire in the 20th century, every leader of this vast country has looked back to the Romanov dynasty, whether to […] Read More

BOOK: Classics for the Masses: Shaping Soviet Musical Identity Under Lenin and Stalin by Pauline Fairclough

BOOK: Classics for the Masses: Shaping Soviet Musical Identity Under Lenin and Stalin by Pauline Fairclough

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 27/04/2016 12:00 AM

Classics for the Masses: Shaping Soviet Musical Identity Under Lenin and Stalin By Pauline Fairclough Published by Yale Press Musicologist Pauline Fairclough explores the evolving role of music in shaping the cultural identity of the Soviet Union in a revelatory work that counters certain hitherto accepted views of an unbending, unchanging state policy of repression, […] Read More

BOOK: The Russian Canvas. Painting in Imperial Russia, 1757-1881 by Rosalind P. Blakesley

BOOK: The Russian Canvas. Painting in Imperial Russia, 1757-1881 by Rosalind P. Blakesley

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 26/04/2016 12:00 AM

The Russian Canvas. Painting in Imperial Russia, 1757-1881 By Rosalind P. Blakesley Published by Yale University Press Date of publication – June 7, 2016 The Russian Canvas charts the remarkable rise of Russian painting in the 18th and 19th centuries, and the nature of its relationship with other European schools. Starting with the foundation of the […] Read More

BOOK: Stalin’s Music Prize: Soviet Culture and Politics by Marina Frolova-Walker

BOOK: Stalin’s Music Prize: Soviet Culture and Politics by Marina Frolova-Walker

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 25/04/2016 12:00 AM

Stalin’s Music Prize: Soviet Culture and Politics By Marina Frolova-Walker Marina Frolova-Walker’s fascinating history takes a new look at musical life in Stalin’s Soviet Union. The author focuses on the musicians and composers who received Stalin Prizes, awarded annually to artists whose work was thought to represent the best in Soviet culture. This revealing study […] Read More

BOOK: Fine Lines: Vladimir Nabokov’s Scientific Art, Edited by Stephen H. Blackwell and Kurt Johnson

BOOK: Fine Lines: Vladimir Nabokov’s Scientific Art, Edited by Stephen H. Blackwell and Kurt Johnson

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 21/04/2016 12:00 AM

Fine Lines: Vladimir Nabokov’s Scientific Art Edited by Stephen H. Blackwell and Kurt Johnson  Published by Yale University Press, 2016 336 pages, 75 color + 94 b/w illus. This landmark book is the first full appraisal of Vladimir Nabokov’s long-neglected contributions as a scientist. Although his literary achievements are renowned, until recently his scientific discoveries were ignored […] Read More

EVENT: The 2016 Pushkin House Russian Book Prize Dinner & Discussion at Le Meridien Piccadilly, 26 April

EVENT: The 2016 Pushkin House Russian Book Prize Dinner & Discussion at Le Meridien Piccadilly, 26 April

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 19/04/2016 12:00 AM

The 2016 Pushkin House Russian Book Prize Dinner & Discussion will take place on the evening of Tuesday 26 April 2016  at the Oak Room, Le Meridien Piccadilly, London W1J 0BH  in the company of Dr Mikhail Piotrovsky & other book prize judges and authors. The event schedule is as follows: 7pm drinks; 7.30pm dinner and discussion; […] Read More

NEWS: Russian and UK Ministers of Culture meet at London Book Fair 2016

NEWS: Russian and UK Ministers of Culture meet at London Book Fair 2016

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 13/04/2016 12:00 AM

On 12 April 2016 Minister of Culture of the Russian Federation Vladimir Medinsky was in London on his working visit and took part in the London Book Fair, The Embassy of Russian Federation in London reports. On the margins of the event he held a meeting with Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport of […] Read More

EVENT: ‘My Friend Osip Mandelstam’ book pesentation at Rossotrudnichestvo, 11 April

EVENT: ‘My Friend Osip Mandelstam’ book pesentation at Rossotrudnichestvo, 11 April

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 11/04/2016 12:00 AM

Book presentation: My Friend Osip Mandelstam: Selected Illustrated Bibliography and Autographs At Rossotrudnichestvo, London 11 April at 6:30pm The poet Osip Mandelstam was one of the Soviet Union’s most outspoken critics and ultimately paid for this defiance with his life. A new book My Friend Osip Mandelstam: Selected Illustrated Bibliography and Autographs is homage to […] Read More

BOOK: Masterpieces of Soviet Painting and Sculpture by Ivan Lindsay and Rena Lavery

BOOK: Masterpieces of Soviet Painting and Sculpture by Ivan Lindsay and Rena Lavery

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 01/03/2016 12:00 AM

Masterpieces of Soviet Painting and Sculpture By Ivan Lindsay and Rena Lavery Published by Unicorn Publishing Group, 2016 The large body of painting and sculpture created in the Soviet Union reflects—and in many cases, pushes against—the restrictions and complexities inherent in making art under totalitarianism. This book presents beautiful reproductions of a wide range of […] Read More

INTERVIEW: Simon Sebag Montefiore discusses Russia & his new book on the Romanovs

INTERVIEW: Simon Sebag Montefiore discusses Russia & his new book on the Romanovs

BY Theodora Clarke POSTED 17/02/2016 12:00 AM

Simon Sebag Montefiore is a prizewinning historian whose bestselling books have been published in over forty languages. Catherine the Great and Potemkin was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize; Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar won the History Book of the Year Prize at the British Book Awards; Young Stalin won the Costa Biography Award, […] Read More

BOOK: The Land of Fire by artists from Azerbaijan

BOOK: The Land of Fire by artists from Azerbaijan

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 02/02/2016 12:00 AM

The Land of Fire by artists from Azerbaijan Catalogue of an exhibition at Sotheby’s, London on 19th – 24th December 2015 Published by Unicorn Press This exhibition, held at the London premises of Sotheby’s presents an extensive collection of works by Azerbaijani artists which has been carefully selected and caters for the most discerning tastes of connoisseurs and lovers of modern […] Read More

NEWS: Pushkin House announces judges for 2016 Russian book prize

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 26/01/2016 12:00 AM

Pushkin House is pleased to announce the launch of its 2016 Russian book prize with a distinguished panel of international judges. The jurors include Mikhail Piotrovsky, director of the Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg; Baroness Elizabeth Smith of Gilmorehill, founding trustee of the John Smith Trust; Geoffrey Hosking, emeritus professor of Russian history, School of Slavonic […] Read More

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