Talks and Events

Close Up: Andrey Zvyagintsev Film Retrospective,  BFI London, 1 – 22 February

Close Up: Andrey Zvyagintsev Film Retrospective, BFI London, 1 – 22 February

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 17/01/2018 11:00 AM

Don’t miss the BFI’s tribute to Russian filmmaker Andrey Zvyagintsev this February. Highlights range from his astonishing debut The Return to Leviathan – winner of the BFI London Film Festival’s Best Film Award – to his most recent achievement Loveless which Peter Bradshaw described as an “eerie thriller of hypnotic, mysterious intensity” in The Guardian. To enjoy two tickets for the […] Read More

LEONID PASTERNAK AND HIS DAUGHTERS, AS TOLD BY HIS GRANDCHILDREN, PUSHKIN HOUSE, 24 JANUARY

LEONID PASTERNAK AND HIS DAUGHTERS, AS TOLD BY HIS GRANDCHILDREN, PUSHKIN HOUSE, 24 JANUARY

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 17/01/2018 9:06 AM

An evening with the descendants of the Pasternak family, talking about the lives and work of artist Leonid Pasternak, father of Boris Pasternak, and his daughters Josephine and Lydia, who lived in England for most of their lives after emigrating with their father in 1921 to Berlin, and coming to England in the 1930s. Boris […] Read More

VLADIMIR VYSOTSKY – A CELEBRATION OF THE 80TH ANNIVERSARY OF VYSOTSKY’S BIRTH: “SATIRICAL VYSOTSKY”, Pushkin House, 23 January

VLADIMIR VYSOTSKY – A CELEBRATION OF THE 80TH ANNIVERSARY OF VYSOTSKY’S BIRTH: “SATIRICAL VYSOTSKY”, Pushkin House, 23 January

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 16/01/2018 10:52 AM

Vladimir Vysotsky was a singer, songwriter and actor who had an immense and enduring effect on Russian culture. He became widely known for his unique singing style and for his lyrics, which featured social and political commentary often expressed in humorous and down-to-earth language. He was also a prominent stage and screen actor.  He gave voice […] Read More

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THE PARADOXES OF TRUST: THE RUSSIAN REVOLUTION AND SOVIET SOCIETY, PUSHKIN HOUSE, 22 January

THE PARADOXES OF TRUST: THE RUSSIAN REVOLUTION AND SOVIET SOCIETY, PUSHKIN HOUSE, 22 January

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 15/01/2018 9:45 AM

Generalised social trust is essential for the peace and prosperity of any society. It was under serious strain in Russia, as the 1905 revolution revealed. In 1917-21 the new Soviet Government deliberately destroyed or fatally weakened most of the symbolic systems & institutions which earlier had sustained at least a limited measure of social trust: […] Read More

A VISION OF THE APOCALYPSE: DECODING ST BASIL’S CATHEDRAL, RED SQUARE, PUSHKIN HOUSE, 17 JANUARY

A VISION OF THE APOCALYPSE: DECODING ST BASIL’S CATHEDRAL, RED SQUARE, PUSHKIN HOUSE, 17 JANUARY

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 03/01/2018 9:40 PM

In a lecture for Pushkin House, historian and specialist in Moscow history Sergei Nikitin will demystify this architectural masterpiece and symbol of Russia, built in 1561 by Ivan the Terrible. He will ask – where do the brightly coloured, eastern forms of St Basil’s Cathedral come from, built in the middle of what was once a […] Read More

DWELLING AND RHYTHM IN ARCHITECTURE: AN EVENING DEDICATED TO CONSTRUCTIVIST ARCHITECT MOISEI GINZBURG, PUSHKIN HOUSE, 16 JANUARY

DWELLING AND RHYTHM IN ARCHITECTURE: AN EVENING DEDICATED TO CONSTRUCTIVIST ARCHITECT MOISEI GINZBURG, PUSHKIN HOUSE, 16 JANUARY

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 02/01/2018 12:38 PM

This event will be a celebration of the first ever English publication of Moisei Ginzburg‘s Rhythm in Architecture (1922) and Dwelling: Five Years’ Work on the Problem of the Habitation (1934). Alexei Ginzburg, grandson of the architect, will talk about the books, his grandfather’s theory, and the ongoing restoration of seminal Constructivist building – Narkomfin – […] Read More

‘In search of the ‘Scythians’: The Art and Culture of the Early Nomads of Siberia and Central Asia’  by Dr Konstantin Chugunov, Cambridge, 11 January

‘In search of the ‘Scythians’: The Art and Culture of the Early Nomads of Siberia and Central Asia’ by Dr Konstantin Chugunov, Cambridge, 11 January

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 28/12/2017 12:28 PM

Konstantin Chugunov, Senior Researcher of the State Hermitage, Leader of the archaeological expedition that has been working in Tuva for many years, and Keeper of the Collections of Antiquities of Siberia will give a lecture at the Pembroke College in Cambridge. The ongoing exhibition at the British Museum was inspired by archaeological findings of  K.Chugunov and his […] Read More

TATYANA VOLTSKAYA POETRY READING, Pushkin House, 9 January

TATYANA VOLTSKAYA POETRY READING, Pushkin House, 9 January

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 28/12/2017 10:00 AM

Tatiana Voltskaya is a prominent poet, essay writer and freelance journalist. Tatiana is the author of ten volumes of poetry.  “Arrow” («Стрела») 1994 ,  “Shadow” («Тень») 1998, «Cicada” («Цикада»)  2002, «Cicada» (London, Bloodaxe, 2006, «Trostdroppar», (Stockholm, 2009),  “Tatiana’s Letter” («Письмо Татьяны») 2011, “From the Varangians to the Greeks” («Из варяг в греки») 2012, “The Corner […] Read More

IGOR GOLOMSTOCK MEMORIAL EVENING, PUSHKIN HOUSE, 11 JANUARY

IGOR GOLOMSTOCK MEMORIAL EVENING, PUSHKIN HOUSE, 11 JANUARY

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 23/12/2017 2:34 PM

The art historian Igor Golomstock, who died last July, was born on 11 January 1929, in the old Russian city of Tver.  Please join us to celebrate Igor’s life and work on what would have been his 89th birthday. Igor is best known for his Totalitarian Art (1990), the first serious study of the similarities […] Read More

Evening with the Cambridge Professor Irina Kirillova, Rossotrudnichestvo, 21 December

Evening with the Cambridge Professor Irina Kirillova, Rossotrudnichestvo, 21 December

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 20/12/2017 9:58 AM

The event is simultaneously a book launch and the evening of reminiscences, brought together by the main theme. “Encounters of an Old Emigre with Remarkable Russian People” will be the main theme of the event featuring the Cambridge Professor of the Russian Language and Literature  Irina Kirillova who launches her new book titled  “Encounters. Remarkable […] Read More

Russian Art and Culture Helps Rediscover Works by Russian-Ukrainian Avant-Garde Artist Alexis Gritchenko

Russian Art and Culture Helps Rediscover Works by Russian-Ukrainian Avant-Garde Artist Alexis Gritchenko

BY Irene Kukota POSTED 18/12/2017 5:40 PM

On 28th November, the team of the Russian Art and Culture  celebrated the London launch of Dynamocolour  — the first monograph on the oeuvre of the Ukrainian-Russian avant-garde artist Alexis Gritchenko written by the art historian Vita Susak.  The event took place during the Russian Art Week at the Shapero Rare Books Gallery, in the immediate […] Read More

INSOMNIA. POETIC SKETCH OF MARINA TZVETAEVA’S WORKS, ROSSOTRUDNICHESTVO, 20 DECEMBER

INSOMNIA. POETIC SKETCH OF MARINA TZVETAEVA’S WORKS, ROSSOTRUDNICHESTVO, 20 DECEMBER

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 18/12/2017 1:40 AM

“One can instantly recognise in herself the beating of the real, not the bookish, life,” — once observed  poet and critic Vladimir Narbut when speaking about Marina Tsvetaeva.  And Vladislav Khodasevich, who witnessed her to be striving not for “the artistic but rather psychological certainty,” also remarked: “Her poetry tends to transform itself into a […] Read More

Arctic Convoys Weekend. Film Screening Followed by Q&As with British War Veterans, Cambridge, 16 December

Arctic Convoys Weekend. Film Screening Followed by Q&As with British War Veterans, Cambridge, 16 December

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 12/12/2017 10:41 AM

A one-off chance to watch a series of short films created by Cambridgeshire schoolchildren with the help of with Independent Film Trust) about the Arctic Convoys and their role in World War II: the teams of ships that sailed through the Arctic from the UK to Russia delivering life-saving supplies. This project involved schoolchildren from local […] Read More

THE DMITRIEV AFFAIR, Pushkin House, 19 December

THE DMITRIEV AFFAIR, Pushkin House, 19 December

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 11/12/2017 12:42 PM

Yuri Dmitriev, a Gulag researcher, who had been locating and exhuming the mass graves of Stalin’s victims since 1980-s, was arrested  on 13th December 2016 and imprisoned on trumped-up charges. His trial started in June 2017 and is still going on. The Dmitriev affair will be discussed by lawyers and human rights activists. The event […] Read More

Margaret Watkins, Leningrad and Moscow 1933, Pushkin House, Until 9 February 2018

Margaret Watkins, Leningrad and Moscow 1933, Pushkin House, Until 9 February 2018

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 10/12/2017 4:09 PM

Margaret Watkins (1884 -1969) is an outstanding photographer of Canadian Scottish descent who was unknown for most of her lifetime, and until some 40 years after her death when gallerist  and journalist Joe Mulholland discovered her archive of several thousand negatives.  The Margaret Watkins exhibition, showcasing her photographs from Moscow and Leningrad 1933. This is her first retrospective in […] Read More

LESLEY CHAMBERLAIN IN CONVERSATION WITH ROSAMUND BARTLETT: REFLECTIONS ON THE RUSSIAN SOUL, PUSHKIN HOUSE, 13 DECEMBER

LESLEY CHAMBERLAIN IN CONVERSATION WITH ROSAMUND BARTLETT: REFLECTIONS ON THE RUSSIAN SOUL, PUSHKIN HOUSE, 13 DECEMBER

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 08/12/2017 12:50 AM

This is going to be the event marking the launch of two enlightening new books on Russian culture from distinguished historians Lesley Chamberlain and Rosamund Bartlett – Arc of Utopia: The Beautiful Story of the Russian Revolution and The Russian Soul: Selections from A Writer’s Diary Lesley Chamberlain’s Arc of Utopia: The Beautiful Story of the Russian Revolution offers a […] Read More

I’ve Been Abducted Hundreds of Times.*Gosha Ostretsov to Open New Exhibition in Paris, 9 December 2017 – 19 January 2018

I’ve Been Abducted Hundreds of Times.*Gosha Ostretsov to Open New Exhibition in Paris, 9 December 2017 – 19 January 2018

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 08/12/2017 12:01 AM

This exhibition is a travelling project started this summer in Venice. I’ve  Been Abducted Hundreds of Times is both a hallucination game and an archeology of the future, which develops in the form of a scenario, whose components enter into dialogue, complement or contradict each other. They are relics of the Soviet world, archives, interstellar […] Read More

Gennadii Shpalikov and the Cinema of Impossibility: Auteurism, Cinephilia and Politics from VGIK to Lenfil’m, SSEES, 11 DECEMBER

Gennadii Shpalikov and the Cinema of Impossibility: Auteurism, Cinephilia and Politics from VGIK to Lenfil’m, SSEES, 11 DECEMBER

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 07/12/2017 3:47 PM

Alex Graham (UCL SSEES) will speak on the following topic: Gennadii Shpalikov and the Cinema of Impossibility: Auteurism, Cinephilia and Politics from VGIK to Lenfil’m Gennadii Shpalikov was a unique literary talent and widely considered the most promising young screenwriter of his generation, until a change in political epochs coincided with a desperate personal unravelling to precipitate […] Read More

A Feminist Perspective on Dmitri Prigov’s Manifesto, Calvert 22, 12 December

A Feminist Perspective on Dmitri Prigov’s Manifesto, Calvert 22, 12 December

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 07/12/2017 10:11 AM

Join this panel discussion exploring the recent history of feminism in Russia and its perspectives on art with the curator of Calvert 22 Foundation’s exhibition Dmitri Prigov. Theatre of Revolutionary Action Elizaveta Butakova-Kilgarriff, the co-editor of the new book Cosmic Shift: Russian Contemporary Art Writing Elena Zaytseva, feminist art critic Katy Deepwell, and artists Maria Kapajeva and Natalia Mali. “Where are our hands, in which our future lies?” asks […] Read More

Russkaya Capella, Celebratory Concert, Glasgow University Memorial Chapel, 7 December

Russkaya Capella, Celebratory Concert, Glasgow University Memorial Chapel, 7 December

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 05/12/2017 3:01 PM

Russkaya Capella, famous for their recent reanimation of Kastalsky’s work, is soon to give Christmas series of concerts. The first one in a row is the Celebratory Concert, commemorating 100 years of teaching Russian at the University of Glasgow. The programme of the concert will consist of the Russian Orthodox liturgical music, readings from literary […] Read More

Britain and the Russian Revolution, Marx Memorial Library, 7 December

Britain and the Russian Revolution, Marx Memorial Library, 7 December

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 05/12/2017 2:49 PM

A talk with With Professor Mary Davis. Continuing the theme of the previous talks delivered on the subject, this time the lecture will be on the impact Russian Revolution gave to the socialist and workers’ movement in the UK Read More

Talk by Dr Natalia Budanova “Femininity and Revolution: women in early Soviet art, 1917-1932”, Trinity Hall Lecture Theatre, 5 December

Talk by Dr Natalia Budanova “Femininity and Revolution: women in early Soviet art, 1917-1932”, Trinity Hall Lecture Theatre, 5 December

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 04/12/2017 12:28 PM

On 8th March 1917 in war-torn Petrograd, marches and demonstrations took place, devoted to the International Women’s Day. This became one of the first major sparks that ignited the fierce fire of the Russian Revolution. In this talk, the art historian Dr Natalia Budanova will discuss how the changed role of women in the new […] Read More

The Russian Revolution: Did Lenin Lead To Stalin?Brynmill Community Centre, 7 December

The Russian Revolution: Did Lenin Lead To Stalin?Brynmill Community Centre, 7 December

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 04/12/2017 10:00 AM

What is the point of capitalism? Right across the world people are starting to re-examine socialist ideas as an alternative to this barbaric and failing system. But every time they do they are lectured by academics, press barons and politicians who tell them. “Well socialism was full of nice promises but in fact it just […] Read More

THE RARITIES OF SOVIET PIANO MUSIC, PUSHKIN HOUSE, December 7

THE RARITIES OF SOVIET PIANO MUSIC, PUSHKIN HOUSE, December 7

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 03/12/2017 12:24 PM

Pushkin House is proud to present a programme of rarely performed Soviet music. The pianist on the night is Pietro Bonfilio, a winner of numerous international piano competitions, having toured extensively in Europe and Asia. He specialises in the music of Dmitri Kabalevsky, whose Third Sonata and Preludes have recently been recorded for the Piano […] Read More

New Writings: Socialist spectatorship, Capitalist Spectatorship,  BFI Reuben Library, 4 December

New Writings: Socialist spectatorship, Capitalist Spectatorship, BFI Reuben Library, 4 December

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 02/12/2017 3:45 PM

As part of the BFI’s series profiling cutting-edge new work in film studies, John David Rhodes and Emma Widdis from University of Cambridge will  explore connections between their new books, Spectacle of Property: The House in American Film and Socialist Senses: Film, Feeling, and the Soviet Subject, 1917-1940. Both scholars are particularly interested in  how differ […] Read More

Russian Winter Weekend Concert, London, Dorich House, 7 December

Russian Winter Weekend Concert, London, Dorich House, 7 December

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 02/12/2017 10:30 AM

Russian music performed by Alena Lugovkina (flute) and Anne Denholm (harp), and Russian poetry read by Susan Porrett, in the unusual and eclectic setting of Dorich House Museum, Kingston –  former studio home of the Russian sculptor Dora Gordine and her husband the Hon. Richard Hare, a scholar of Russian art and literature. Alena Lugovkina […] Read More

THE EITINGONS – IN CONVERSATION WITH MARY-KAY WILMERS, Pushkin House, 5 December

THE EITINGONS – IN CONVERSATION WITH MARY-KAY WILMERS, Pushkin House, 5 December

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 24/11/2017 5:10 PM

London Review of Books editor Mary-Kay Wilmers as reveals her astonishing family history and shines new light on Russia from the October Revolution to the Cold War. Mary-Kay Wilmers first began exploring the history of her remarkable family twenty years ago and made many surprising discoveries along the way. The result is The Eitingons: a […] Read More

New Writings: Socialist Spectatorship, Capitalist Spectatorship, Reuben Library, 4 December

New Writings: Socialist Spectatorship, Capitalist Spectatorship, Reuben Library, 4 December

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 21/11/2017 10:00 AM

This December, London academic community starts with the launch of Emma Widdis’s pioneering new book, Socialist Senses: Film, Feeling, and the Soviet Subject, 1917–1940, published by Indiana University Press. As part of the BFI’s series profiling cutting-edge new work in film studies, Emma Widdis and John David Rhodes of the University of Cambridge will explore connections between their new books, Socialist Senses and Spectacle of Property. How do films produced […] Read More

TRIP TO ONE OF THE LEADING EUROPEAN ART FAIRS BRAFA 2018. BRUSSELS, 1-3 February

TRIP TO ONE OF THE LEADING EUROPEAN ART FAIRS BRAFA 2018. BRUSSELS, 1-3 February

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 20/11/2017 2:00 PM

The Brussels Art Fair (BRAFA), created in 1956, is one of the world’s oldest and most prestigious art fairs. It is an exceptional showcase of high quality and rare pieces dating from the Bronze Age to the present day, covering some 5000 years of history. Brafatakes usually place during the last ten days of January. The first major art event of the year, it is […] 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

State Tretyakov Gallery Lecture At BRAFA: Secrets Of Old Paintings, 1 February 2018

State Tretyakov Gallery Lecture At BRAFA: Secrets Of Old Paintings, 1 February 2018

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 19/11/2017 11:40 AM

BRAFA (Brussels Art Fair) in collaboration with Russian Art and Culture is delighted to welcome the State Tretyakov Gallery with the lecture “Paradoxes or the secrets of old paintings”. The event will take place on February 1, 2018 at Tour&Taxis in Brussels at 4 pm. Special favorable conditions are reserved for readers and subscribers of Russian Art and Culture.  BRAFA is one of the oldest art fairs […] 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ART RIOT: POST-SOVIET ACTIONISM, Saatchi Gallery, 16 November – 7 January

ART RIOT: POST-SOVIET ACTIONISM, Saatchi Gallery, 16 November – 7 January

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

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