Interviews

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Maria Alexandrova: Ballet Shielded Me From the World I Could Not Understand. The Bolshoy Prima on Life, Dance and the London Russian Ballet School.

Maria Alexandrova: Ballet Shielded Me From the World I Could Not Understand. The Bolshoy Prima on Life, Dance and the London Russian Ballet School.

BY Valeria Stračevská POSTED 29/09/2017 4:43 PM

Recently London was abuzz with the new project of the London Russian Ballet School  — The Romantic Revolution  — A Charitable Gala evening of ballet performances at the Palladium Theatre featuring both students of LRBS and stars from the Bolshoy and the Mariinsky Maria Alexandrova, Vladislav Lantratov, Katerina Krysanova and Semyon Chudin. The reactions of […] Read More

Diana Vishneva to Speak about Art and Fashion, September 22

Diana Vishneva to Speak about Art and Fashion, September 22

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 14/09/2017 9:22 AM

The talk will be hosted by the famous editor and journalist Aliona Doletskaya. She will interview onstage Diana Vishneva, the Mariinsky Ballet prima, and Tatiana Parfionova, the founder of the Tatiana Parfionova Fashion House. They will explore the ways art influences fashion, and fashion fuels art. The candid conversation will be conducted in Russian with […] Read More

Olga Tobreluts: With Return to Antiquity, Ancient Mythology Will Also Come Back.

Olga Tobreluts: With Return to Antiquity, Ancient Mythology Will Also Come Back.

BY Irene Kukota POSTED 09/09/2017 1:19 PM

The Hall of Art in Budapest, also known as Kunsthalle, has recently launched its new exhibition season with The New Mythology – a solo show featuring works by Russian artist Olga Tobreluts.  It is the artist’s first collaboration with the museum which has been made possible through the active support of the Ural Vision Gallery from Yekaterinburg. The […] Read More

A Memorable Decade with London Philharmonic Orchestra. Interview with Vladimir Jurowski

A Memorable Decade with London Philharmonic Orchestra. Interview with Vladimir Jurowski

BY Matteo Morelli POSTED 31/07/2017 10:37 AM

Russian-born Vladimir Jurowski is one of today’s most sought-after and dynamic conductors, who also acts as the Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor of the celebrated London Philharmonic Orchestra. As the LPO website informs, a wide selection of Vladimir Jurowski’s live recordings with the Orchestra  was released on its LPO Label, including Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 3 and Symphonic Dances; Tchaikovsky’s Symphonies 1, 4, […] Read More

Representing Revolution: the Challenges of Commemoration. Interview with Russkaya Capella. Part II

Representing Revolution: the Challenges of Commemoration. Interview with Russkaya Capella. Part II

BY Ashley Holdsworth POSTED 28/07/2017 11:40 AM

We continue the publication of interview with Svetlana Zvereva. Svetlana Zvereva is co-Musical Director of Russkaya Cappella, a chamber choir based in Glasgow and specialising in Russian Orthodox liturgical music, folk song and art song. Russkaya Cappella produced a season of concerts in June 2017, Music from the Time of the Earthquake, which featured recently […] Read More

Finding Kastalsky. Interview with Co-Founders of Russkaya Capella Svetlana Zvereva and Stuart Campbell

Finding Kastalsky. Interview with Co-Founders of Russkaya Capella Svetlana Zvereva and Stuart Campbell

BY Ashley Holdsworth POSTED 21/07/2017 3:59 PM

In June 2017 a rare piece by Alexander Kastalsky, Requiem for Fallen Brothers, which had laid forgotten for many decades, was performed by Russkaya Capella in Glasgow. The choral work was composed in 1917. The Russkaya Cappella is a unique musical Russian-British collaboration, a mixed chamber choir with a wide repertoire drawn from Russia’s rich musical heritage, sadly unfamiliar […] Read More

INTERVIEW: Conversation with Erik Bulatov on his Monumental Installation at Tate Modern. By Katya Belyaeva

INTERVIEW: Conversation with Erik Bulatov on his Monumental Installation at Tate Modern. By Katya Belyaeva

BY Katya Belyaeva POSTED 09/06/2017 2:07 PM

Forward 2016 is Erik Bulatov’s first sculpture which was conceived following a visit to a decommissioned 19th century iron foundry in Maubourguet, France. The work consists of the word ‘forward’ spelled out four times in Cyrillic letters, each standing ten feet high and arranged in a wide circle. The project was supported by the London non-profit organisation […] Read More

“Art is the Only Thing Worth Pursuing”. Short Interview with Irina Korina at the Venice Biennale

“Art is the Only Thing Worth Pursuing”. Short Interview with Irina Korina at the Venice Biennale

BY Irene Kukota POSTED 02/06/2017 3:58 PM

This year, Irina Korina was among the Russian artists hand-picked by Christine Macel, Chief Curator at the Musée National d’Art Moderne – Centre Pompidou in Paris and the Curator of 57th Venice Biennale. Macel invited 120 artists to present their signature works for the Viva Arte Viva!  Biennale project. Her choice of Russian artists was an […] Read More

Interview with Russian Art Collector and Art-Dealer Maxim Bokser.

Interview with Russian Art Collector and Art-Dealer Maxim Bokser.

BY Natasha Butterwick POSTED 17/05/2017 2:33 PM

Maxim Bokser, the renowned Moscow-based collector is soon launching his inaugural catalogue “Bokser. Kollektsia” which features works on paper from his private collection at the eponymous  exhibition “Bokser. Collection” at the ”Nashi Khudozhniki” (i.e. Our Artists) gallery between 25 May – 23 July in Moscow. Some items from his collections will also be displayed in London […] Read More

INTERVIEW: “Fire, death, anxiety, love, fear…it’s all there” – Mikhail Baryshnikov on the Premiere of Brodsky/Baryshnikov Project in London. By Irene Kukota

INTERVIEW: “Fire, death, anxiety, love, fear…it’s all there” – Mikhail Baryshnikov on the Premiere of Brodsky/Baryshnikov Project in London. By Irene Kukota

BY Irene Kukota POSTED 29/03/2017 12:00 AM

Brodsky / Baryshnikov is a one-man show based on the poems of Nobel laureate Joseph Brodsky, performed by Mikhail Baryshnikov. The show will be arriving to London for the first time this May.  I.K.  How would you describe Brodsky/Baryshnikov in one sentence? Mikhail Baryshnikov. A poetic journey What made you say “yes “ to participating in Brodsky/Baryshnikov project staged […] Read More

INTERVIEW: The Moscow Triennale Curators Share their Vision for the Russian Contemporary Art, its Major Trends and Future. By Katya Belyaeva.

INTERVIEW: The Moscow Triennale Curators Share their Vision for the Russian Contemporary Art, its Major Trends and Future. By Katya Belyaeva.

BY Katya Belyaeva POSTED 21/03/2017 12:00 AM

On 10th March of 2017, the very first triennale of contemporary Russian art launched at the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow. According to Kate Fowle (the chief curator of the museum), the triennale is the perfect chance to explore the artistic processes happening across Russia —  yes, this year, it is only Russian […] Read More

INTERVIEW: Imagine Moscow. Interview with Eszter Steierhoffer. By Katya Belyaeva

INTERVIEW: Imagine Moscow. Interview with Eszter Steierhoffer. By Katya Belyaeva

BY Katya Belyaeva POSTED 19/03/2017 12:00 AM

On 15 March, the Design Museum launched its exhibition Imagine Moscow: Architecture, Propaganda, Revolution exploring the designs for six prospective architectural projects for Moscow submitted between 1920s and 1930s following, the Russian Revolution. These grandiose, sometumes utopian projects have never been built.  Katya Belyaeva spoke with the curator Eszter Steierhoffer about the exhibition and asked for her commentary. […] Read More

INTERVIEW: Violinist Alexander Sitkovetsky about His Family Background, Mentors and Performing Classical Music. By Irene Kukota.

INTERVIEW: Violinist Alexander Sitkovetsky about His Family Background, Mentors and Performing Classical Music. By Irene Kukota.

BY Irene Kukota POSTED 06/03/2017 12:00 AM

Alexander Sitkovetsky is a British violinist of Russian origin. Although still young, he already has his page on BBC Music and is known to have performed with the Netherlands Philharmonic, the Philharmonia, Royal Philharmonic, London Mozart Players, Konzerthaus Orchester Berlin, Brussels Philharmonic, the European Union Chamber Orchestra, Malmo Symphony Orchestra, Anhaltische Philharmonie Dessau, Academy of St. Martin’s […] Read More

INTERVIEW: Joseph Backstein on His Work and Contemporary Art Practices. By Katya Belyaeva

INTERVIEW: Joseph Backstein on His Work and Contemporary Art Practices. By Katya Belyaeva

BY Katya Belyaeva POSTED 02/03/2017 12:00 AM

Joseph Backstein has been named among the leading curators in Russia over the last 30 years.  Artistic Director of the State Centre for Museums and Exhibitions ROSIZO, the Academic supervisor of the Institute of Contemporary Art (Moscow) and former Commissioner of the Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, he graduated from the Moscow Institute of Computer Sciences and holds […] Read More

INTERVIEW: Josephine Burton Shares her Ideas on Russian Art and Running of DashArts. By Anna Prosvetova.

INTERVIEW: Josephine Burton Shares her Ideas on Russian Art and Running of DashArts. By Anna Prosvetova.

BY Anna Prosvetova POSTED 17/02/2017 12:00 AM

Josephine Burton co-founded Dash Arts with Tim Supple in 2005. Since then, they have produced cross-art cross-cultural work in the UK, ranging from an Indian A Midsummer Night’s Dream to an Arabic Series of live events. Focusing on experiences of art as a phenomenon through which we engage and see the world, the company have tried […] Read More

INTERVIEW: Artist Pyotr Pavlensky Comments on His Current Situation. By Alexandra de Viveiros.

INTERVIEW: Artist Pyotr Pavlensky Comments on His Current Situation. By Alexandra de Viveiros.

BY Alexandra de Viveiros POSTED 07/02/2017 12:00 AM

Our Paris correspondent Alexandra de Viveiros recently met Pyotr Pavlensky, the artist who fled Russia to the French capital. Pavlensky was accused of sexual assault by the Russian authorities, a case that has divided   Society, and especially the art-world with opinions ranging from “Pavlensky is a criminal” to “Pavlensky is the martyr of the system”. The artist’s […] Read More

INTERVIEW: Evgeny Goremykin of London Russian Ballet School. By Leah Lord.

INTERVIEW: Evgeny Goremykin of London Russian Ballet School. By Leah Lord.

BY Leah Lord POSTED 01/02/2017 12:00 AM

The London Russian Ballet School is unique in its offer of an authentically Russian ballet education in the heart of the UK capital. The school provides vocational and recreational training as well as conducting outreach work via its associated charity, Kids Love Lambeth. Leah Lord sat down with Director Evgeny Goremykin to find out more […] Read More

INTERVIEW. Revolution: Russian Art 1917-1932. Interview with Ann Dumas, John Milner and Natalia Murray. By Lauren Warner.

INTERVIEW. Revolution: Russian Art 1917-1932. Interview with Ann Dumas, John Milner and Natalia Murray. By Lauren Warner.

BY Lauren Warner POSTED 27/01/2017 12:00 AM

In the wake of the approaching exhibition Revolution: Russian Art 1917-1932 commemorating the centenary of the 1917 Russian Revolution at the Royal Academy, Lauren Warner, speaks with all three curators of the exhibition – Natalia Murray, Ann Dumas and John Milner. The show will open on 11th February and will run until 17th April 2017 […] Read More

INTERVIEW: Vitaly Komar on Yalta-1945 at the Ben Uri Gallery

INTERVIEW: Vitaly Komar on Yalta-1945 at the Ben Uri Gallery

BY Marina Maximova POSTED 20/12/2016 12:00 AM

The Ben Uri Gallery in London is showing the monumental installation Yalta-1945 created by the Russian-born USA-based artists Vitaly Komar and Alexander Melamid – two of the most recognized unofficial artists from the USSR. The polyptych is inspired by the Yalta Conference of 1945, where Roosevelt, Churchill, and Stalin made important decisions regarding the future […] Read More

INTERVIEW: Princess Katya Galitzine on The Prince George Galitzine Memorial Library in St Petersburg

INTERVIEW: Princess Katya Galitzine on The Prince George Galitzine Memorial Library in St Petersburg

BY Lauren Warner POSTED 18/11/2016 12:00 AM

Our editor, Lauren Warner, spoke with Princess Katya Galitzine, co-founder of The Prince George Galitzine Memorial Library in St Petersburg, about the Library and her upcoming event with Simon Sebag Montefiore on 5 December about his book, The Romanovs 1613-1918. Lauren Warner: When did you set up the Galitzine Library? Katya Galitzine: When my father, George died […] Read More

INTERVIEW: Douglas Smith on Rasputin and his role in Russian History

INTERVIEW: Douglas Smith on Rasputin and his role in Russian History

BY Theodora Clarke POSTED 01/11/2016 12:00 AM

An award-winning historian and translator, Douglas Smith is the author of four books on Russia, including Working the Rough Stone (1999), Love & Conquest (2004) and Former People (2012). His works have been translated into a dozen languages. He studied German and Russian at the University of Vermont and has a doctorate in history from […] Read More

INTERVIEW: Director Margy Kinmonth on Revolution – New Art for a New World

INTERVIEW: Director Margy Kinmonth on Revolution – New Art for a New World

BY Theodora Clarke POSTED 27/10/2016 12:00 AM

Margy Kinmonth is an award winning film and television director whose many credits include Mariinsky Theatre and Nutcracker Story for ITV about Russian opera and ballet; Outback Art – The Goldrush for C4; Rubens – A Master in the Making, and Hermitage Revealed. Her series Naked Hollywood with Arnold Schwarzenegger won BAFTA best documentary series. Kinmonth’s authored investigative films include The Secret World of Haute Couture, shot […] Read More

INTERVIEW: Jay Vincze, Head of London Impressionist & Modern Art at Christie’s, on Kandinsky’s ‘Rigid and Curved’, 1935

INTERVIEW: Jay Vincze, Head of London Impressionist & Modern Art at Christie’s, on Kandinsky’s ‘Rigid and Curved’, 1935

BY Anna Prosvetova POSTED 19/10/2016 12:00 AM

Wassily Kandinsky painted Rigide et Courbé (Rigid and Curved) in December 1935, marking the second anniversary of his arrival in Paris following the closure of the Bauhaus in Berlin. Estimated at $18-25 million, the painting is being offered from an important private American collection and has not been on the market since 1964. The upcoming […] Read More

INTERVIEW: Ivan Lindsay on masterpieces of Soviet art

INTERVIEW: Ivan Lindsay on masterpieces of Soviet art

BY Theodora Clarke POSTED 29/09/2016 12:00 AM

Ivan Lindsay is a London-based art dealer and writer specialising in 20th century Russian paintings and sculpture with a particular interest in art created during the Soviet period. Our Editor Theodora Clarke talked to Ivan about his recent book, ‘Masterpieces of Soviet Painting and Sculpture,’ which will be launched on 10 October at Waterstones Piccadilly. Published by the Unicorn Press, 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

INTERVIEW: Alexandra Sankova, director of the Moscow Design Museum, on Soviet utopia at London Design Biennale

INTERVIEW: Alexandra Sankova, director of the Moscow Design Museum, on Soviet utopia at London Design Biennale

BY Anna Prosvetova POSTED 22/09/2016 12:00 AM

Alexandra Sankova is a graphic designer and director of the Moscow Design Museum, which she founded in 2012 together with Nadezhda Bakuradze, Stepan Lukyanov and Valery Patkonen. Previously, she worked as the director of the non-profit organization “New Graphics,” curating various graphic design competitions, projects and events, and as Senior Advisor for cultural affairs at the […] Read More

INTERVIEW: Tvoya Istoriya (Your Story) project speak to Theodora Clarke about promoting Russian culture in the UK

INTERVIEW: Tvoya Istoriya (Your Story) project speak to Theodora Clarke about promoting Russian culture in the UK

BY Theodora Clarke POSTED 01/09/2016 12:00 AM

Tvoya Istoriya (Your Story), the Russian federal project about people in Russian culture, art & fashion, published their recent interview with Theodora Clarke, Editor of Russian Art and Culture and the founder of Russian Art Week, where she talks about the founding of Russian Art and Culture and promotion of Russian culture in the UK. […] 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

INTERVIEW: David McAllister on The Australian Ballet’s Cinderella, choreographed by Alexei Ratmansky

INTERVIEW: David McAllister on The Australian Ballet’s Cinderella, choreographed by Alexei Ratmansky

BY Alexei Ratmansky POSTED 21/07/2016 12:00 AM

David McAllister is the Artistic Director of The Australian Ballet since July 2001. He joined the ballet company in 1983 and became Principal Artist in 1989. His many principal roles with the company included those in Onegin, Romeo and Juliet, La Fille mal gardée, The Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote, The Sentimental Bloke, Coppélia, Manon, La Sylphide, Sinfonietta […] Read More

INTERVIEW: Gabriel Prokofiev on music in the cinema, Sergei Prokofiev’s legacy and classical music today

INTERVIEW: Gabriel Prokofiev on music in the cinema, Sergei Prokofiev’s legacy and classical music today

BY Anna Prosvetova POSTED 07/07/2016 12:00 AM

Son of artist Oleg and grandson of composer Sergei, Gabriel Prokofiev is a London-based composer, producer, and founder of the NONCLASSICAL record label and club night. His work is informed by his backgrounds in both classical and popular music, especially his work as a DJ and a producer of hip-hop, grime and electro. Gabriel will […] Read More

INTERVIEW: Rachel Valentine Smith of The Faction on Gorky’s Vassa Zheleznova, gender equality and contemporary theatre

INTERVIEW: Rachel Valentine Smith of The Faction on Gorky’s Vassa Zheleznova, gender equality and contemporary theatre

BY Anna Prosvetova POSTED 30/06/2016 12:00 AM

Rachel Valentine Smith is a director, producer, designer and filmmaker. She joined The Faction Theatre Company in 2011, was appointed Associate Director in 2012 and has been Co-Artistic Director of the company since April 2015. In addition to directing main stage productions, she has pioneered work in psycho-cultural practice in partnership with Media and the Inner World, an AHRC research […] Read More

INTERVIEW: Olivia Ahmad on curating a major exhibition of Soviet children’s picture books at the House of Illustration

INTERVIEW: Olivia Ahmad on curating a major exhibition of Soviet children’s picture books at the House of Illustration

BY Anna Prosvetova POSTED 27/06/2016 12:00 AM

Olivia Ahmad is the curator at the House of Illustration, established in London in 2002. She is responsible for its exhibitions programme and artistic residencies, and recently curated A New Childhood: Picture books from Soviet Russia. We have met with Olivia to talk about the ideas behind this show, important works and artists of the period and how the UK publishing […] Read More

INTERVIEW: Michael Boyd on staging Eugene Onegin for Garsington Opera

INTERVIEW: Michael Boyd on staging Eugene Onegin for Garsington Opera

BY Anna Prosvetova POSTED 16/06/2016 12:00 AM

Sir Michael Boyd was born in Belfast and studied English at Edinburgh University. In 1979 he won a British Council fellowship to study as trainee director under Anatoly Efros at the Malaya Bronnaya Theatre, Moscow. He joined the Royal Shakespeare Company as associate director in 1996 and was artistic director of the company 2002–12. Major […] Read More

INTERVIEW: Assistant Curator of the Lenbachhaus on Kandinsky and the Blue Rider Group

INTERVIEW: Assistant Curator of the Lenbachhaus on Kandinsky and the Blue Rider Group

BY Theodora Clarke POSTED 16/06/2016 12:00 AM

The Lenbachhaus has the world’s largest collection of art of ‘Der Blaue Reiter’ (The Blue Rider), one of the most important groups of avant-garde artists in the early twentieth century. The core of this treasure consists of the generous donation by the painter Gabriele Münter, who was Wassily Kandinsky’s companion until 1914. On occasion of […] Read More

INTERVIEW: Julian MacKay on his studies at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy and ballet career

INTERVIEW: Julian MacKay on his studies at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy and ballet career

BY Leah Lord POSTED 08/06/2016 12:00 AM

In June 2015, Julian MacKay made history as the first American male to graduate with a full diploma from the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow, having attended both the lower and upper schools. In his final year of training, he won medals at five international ballet competitions, including a scholarship prize at the prestigious Prix […] Read More

ARTICLE: Theodora Clarke’s interview with the Royal Collection curator about recent Fabergé discovery published in Mayfair Times

ARTICLE: Theodora Clarke’s interview with the Royal Collection curator about recent Fabergé discovery published in Mayfair Times

BY Theodora Clarke POSTED 19/05/2016 12:00 AM

As a special feature, Mayfair Times’ May issue includes an interview of our editor, Theodora Clarke, with Caroline de Guitaut, a Senior Curator at The Royal Collection, about Fabergé works in the Royal Collection and Caroline’s recent discovery of a missing Fabergé piece. Go to pages 55-56 to read the complete article. You can read the latest issue of Mayfair […] Read More

INTERVIEW: Susan Jaques on Catherine the Great and her passion for art and power

INTERVIEW: Susan Jaques on Catherine the Great and her passion for art and power

BY Theodora Clarke POSTED 17/05/2016 12:00 AM

Susan Jaques is a journalist specializing in art. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Stanford University and an MBA from UCLA. She is the author of A Love for the Beautiful: Discovering America’s Hidden Art Museums and lives in Los Angeles, California, where she’s a gallery docent at the J. Paul Getty Museum. […] Read More

INTERVIEW: Irina Starkova on her first solo exhibition Still Lives at Erarta Galleries London

INTERVIEW: Irina Starkova on her first solo exhibition Still Lives at Erarta Galleries London

BY Anna Prosvetova POSTED 17/05/2016 12:00 AM

Born in Moscow, 1987, Irina Starkova currently resides between London and Monaco. She studied painting at the Andriyaka Art School in Moscow between 2001-2006, and also worked with the Russian artist Boris Parkhunov. In 2015, Irina was one of 50 artists out of 3,000 entries to be selected for the Winsor & Newton Painting Prize for […] Read More

INTERVIEW: Dr Rosalind Blakesley on curating Russia & the Arts Exhibition at NPG in London

INTERVIEW: Dr Rosalind Blakesley on curating Russia & the Arts Exhibition at NPG in London

BY Theodora Clarke POSTED 29/04/2016 12:00 AM

Dr Rosalind Polly Blakesley was educated at the universities of Cambridge and Oxford, and spent a year affiliated to Moscow State University while completing a doctorate on 19th-century Russian painting. She was then a junior fellow at The Queen’s College, Oxford, an affiliated research fellow at the Russian Institute of Art History in Moscow, and held teaching […] Read More

INTERVIEW: Albertina Director Dr Klaus Albrecht Schröder on Russian Avant-gardes exhibition in Vienna

INTERVIEW: Albertina Director Dr Klaus Albrecht Schröder on Russian Avant-gardes exhibition in Vienna

BY Theodora Clarke POSTED 14/04/2016 12:00 AM

Professor Dr Klaus Albrecht Schröder is the Manager and Director of the Albertina, Vienna, a position he has held since 2000. He is also the curator of the current exhibition Chagall to Malevich – The Russian Avant-Gardes at the museum, a cooperation of the Albertina, Vienna and the State Russian Museum, Saint Petersburg. Professor Dr Schröder spoke to our […] Read More

INTERVIEW: Orlando Figes on being Historical Consultant to BBC’s War & Peace

INTERVIEW: Orlando Figes on being Historical Consultant to BBC’s War & Peace

BY Theodora Clarke POSTED 01/03/2016 12:00 AM

Orlando Figes is a British historian and writer best known for his works on Russian history. He is Professor of History at Birkbeck College, University of London. Figes is known for his works on Russian history, in particular A People’s Tragedy (1996), Natasha’s Dance (2002), The Whisperers (2007), Crimea (2010), Just Send Me Word (2012) and Revolutionary Russia: […] 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

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