Reviews

WINGS OF PRAYER OR DESPAIR? AMBIGUOUS RUSSIA OVERSHADOWS VENICE BIENNALE. BY SIMON HEWITT

WINGS OF PRAYER OR DESPAIR? AMBIGUOUS RUSSIA OVERSHADOWS VENICE BIENNALE. BY SIMON HEWITT

BY Simon Hewitt POSTED 19/05/2017 3:25 PM

VIVA ARTE VIVA! is the slogan of this year’s Venice Biennale. Sounds upbeat, tutti frutti and full of joie de vivre. The Russian Pavilion is anything but. In a coup of breathtaking audacity even by his own flamboyant standards, Pavilion Curator Semyon Mikhailovsky, Rector of the St Petersburg Academy, exploits the 1917 Revolution to slam […] Read More

TEFAF NEW YORK SPRING REVIEW, by Milan Tessler

TEFAF NEW YORK SPRING REVIEW, by Milan Tessler

BY Milan Tessler POSTED 13/05/2017 10:45 AM

Last weekend, the European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF) rolled into New York for its second splash in America. As with the Old Masters edition in late October 2016, the Maastricht-based art fair again found a formidable home in the Park Avenue Armory. This time, however, the fair invited galleries to represent the very finest of […] Read More

Review: Dual Perspectives: St Peterburg State University of Architecture and Civil Engineering. By Eleanor Hemming

Review: Dual Perspectives: St Peterburg State University of Architecture and Civil Engineering. By Eleanor Hemming

BY Eleanor Hemming POSTED 11/05/2017 4:24 PM

Following its success in Moscow last year, Dual Perspectives has come to the St Petersburg State University of Architecture and Civil Engineering, where you will be able to visit until the fourth of June. As part of the UK-Russia year of Science and Education, this exhibition showcases the works of two men who were both […] Read More

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SOUNDS OF THE REVOLUTION. Review

SOUNDS OF THE REVOLUTION. Review

BY Iva Novakova POSTED 10/05/2017 12:11 PM

What could be a better place in London than the British Library to resurrect a revolutionary atmosphere of 1917 Russia and retrospectively reflect on the world-changing events of the period! A brief encounter with Lenin alias Jacob Richter, together with the architectural features of the Entrance Hall – its monumental scale with whitewashed and bricked walls resembling […] Read More

Three Comrades (Drei Kameraden) by the Sovremennik Theatre.

Three Comrades (Drei Kameraden) by the Sovremennik Theatre.

BY Anna Prosvetova POSTED 09/05/2017 12:00 PM

This new tour of the Sovremennik theatre in London also meant the premiere of  Erich Maria Remarque’s Drei Kameraden on London stage with brilliant performances by Alexander Khovansky and Chulpan Khamatova.   Some things never get old: love, death, friendship, and an inspiring story. The Moscow theatre Sovremennik included the novel ‘Three Comrades’  into the repertoire of their […] Read More

BRODSKY/BARYSHNIKOV: THE ART OF POETIC MEMORY.

BRODSKY/BARYSHNIKOV: THE ART OF POETIC MEMORY.

BY Irene Kukota POSTED 05/05/2017 5:20 PM

From the cultural perspective, London is an extremely privileged city: the delights it enjoys are unprecedented. Brodsky/Baryshnikov show is one of such rare artistic feasts available to the local litterati. It is a rare occasion when two geniuses so harmoniously meet. What makes it even more precious to the Russian public is the fact that it […] Read More

US AND THEM. NOVIKOV & NAZARENKO NAIL IT IN PARIS. BY SIMON HEWITT

US AND THEM. NOVIKOV & NAZARENKO NAIL IT IN PARIS. BY SIMON HEWITT

BY Simon Hewitt POSTED 05/05/2017 10:53 AM

The colourful exhibition HE+SHE, featuring works by Tatyana Nazarenko & Igor Novikov, opened at Galerie Shchukin, just off the Champs-Elysées, on April 27 and runs until June 14. Our International Editor Simon Hewitt reports. When Igor Novikov and Tatyana Nazarenko married in July 2014, glamorous images of their celebratory boat-trip along the River Moscova floated […] Read More

DON’T STOP THE CARNIVAL. JAN FABRE SAILS FROM THE NEVA TO THE GRAND CANAL. BY SIMON HEWITT

DON’T STOP THE CARNIVAL. JAN FABRE SAILS FROM THE NEVA TO THE GRAND CANAL. BY SIMON HEWITT

BY Simon Hewitt POSTED 04/05/2017 9:00 PM

Belgian artist Jan Fabre blitzkrieged St Petersburg this Winter with an exhibition that attracted crowds and controversy. He told our International Editor Simon Hewitt that his next show – at the Venice Biennale – will be spiritually different. Jan Fabre never stops. His 200-work show at the Hermitage, Рыцарь Отчаяния – Воин Красоты (Knight of […] 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

Kollektsia! – The Final View

Kollektsia! – The Final View

BY Simon Hewitt POSTED 07/04/2017 4:19 PM

Our International Editor Simon Hewitt has been reporting on Russian Contemporary Art since 2007, travelling from Kaliningrad to Vladivostok in the process. Here he delivers his judgment on the juggernaut Pompidou Centre exhibition Kollektsia! Contemporary Art in the USSR & Russia 1950-2000 that has just closed in Paris after a six-month run. The opening of […] Read More

REVIEW: Elena Marttila by Andrew Spira

REVIEW: Elena Marttila by Andrew Spira

BY Andrew Spira POSTED 05/04/2017 12:00 AM

In the 1920s when Revolutionary idealism was at its most intense, it became commendable to uphold that not just ‘picturesque landscapes’ and ‘society portraits’ but all art was a bourgeois indulgence. Image-making, it was maintained, should not be for pleasure, which was superfluous to the requirements of life, and it was certainly not about self-expression […] Read More

Garage Triennial of Moscow Contemporary Art – An Inclusive Revolution in Russian Contemporary Art. By Eleanor Hemming

Garage Triennial of Moscow Contemporary Art – An Inclusive Revolution in Russian Contemporary Art. By Eleanor Hemming

BY Eleanor Hemming POSTED 28/03/2017 12:00 AM

From March 10th until May 14th The Garage Museum located in Moscow’s Gorky Park, is holding the Triennial of Moscow Contemporary Art. Coinciding with a centenary of the Russian Revolution, this exhibition brings together artists from across Russia, including the Crimea, and is the museum’s contribution to the centenary celebrations, looking forward into Russia’s present […] Read More

REVIEW: In the Steps of the Ballets Russes. Russian Ballet Icons – A Spectacular Celebration of the Russian Tradition.

REVIEW: In the Steps of the Ballets Russes. Russian Ballet Icons – A Spectacular Celebration of the Russian Tradition.

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 17/03/2017 12:00 AM

The memories of the magical evening with Moscow Virtuosi had not yet faded away, when on 12th March another magnificent event organised by the Ensemble Productions took everyone by storm:  In the Steps of  the Ballets Russes. Icons of Russian Ballet  was a spectacular gala dedicated to the legacy of the legendary Russian impresario Serge Diaghilev (1872-1929) […] Read More

Review: Vladimir Spivakov and Moscow Virtuosi in London

Review: Vladimir Spivakov and Moscow Virtuosi in London

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 17/03/2017 12:00 AM

Within just a single week,  “Ensemble Productions” brought two absolutely stunning events to London. The first one — the superb celebration of classical music by maestro  Vladimir Spivakov and Moscow Virtuosi Orchestra — took place on 8th March at the Barbican Hall. The orchestra gave their single performance in London to celebrate the International Women’s Day. […] 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

REVIEW: The Wide Maslenitsa at the Cadogan Hall. By Maria Golovteeva.

REVIEW: The Wide Maslenitsa at the Cadogan Hall. By Maria Golovteeva.

BY Maria Golovteeva. POSTED 06/03/2017 12:00 AM

On February 24th, the Maslenitsa Celebration Concert  took place at the Cadogan Hall. The Annual Russian Festival Maslenitsa, named after a traditional Slavic celebration of spring before the Great Lent, has been celebrating Russian art, theatre, music and Russian cuisine to London since 2009. This concert, attracting  members of  the public interested in the Russian […] Read More

FILM SCREENING: A Banned Masterpiece by Great Soviet Film Director, Larisa Shepitko, 8 March. By Maria Korolkova

FILM SCREENING: A Banned Masterpiece by Great Soviet Film Director, Larisa Shepitko, 8 March. By Maria Korolkova

BY Maria Korolkova POSTED 02/03/2017 12:00 AM

Mesmerizing and electrifying, dark and unconventional, mystical and visionary – the epithets that are used to characterize Larisa Shepitko’s cinematic style by the few critics who know and write about her work, prepare one to meet one of the greatest and it seems well established names in world cinema. So why do so few people […] 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

EXHIBITION REVIEW: Another Russia: Post-Soviet Printmaking, V&A. By Valeria Strachevskaya

EXHIBITION REVIEW: Another Russia: Post-Soviet Printmaking, V&A. By Valeria Strachevskaya

BY Valeria Stračevská POSTED 25/01/2017 12:00 AM

In the year packed with all sorts of exhibitions, talks, and publications devoted to the Russian Revolution of 1917 it is quite surprising to find a display that touches upon a different subject – the collapse of the USSR. V&A’s Another Russia: Post-Soviet Printmaking opened December 2016 to mark the 25th anniversary of that pivotal […] Read More

ARTICLE: MORE THAN A GAME. Craig Murray Blows the Whistle on British India, by Simon Hewitt

ARTICLE: MORE THAN A GAME. Craig Murray Blows the Whistle on British India, by Simon Hewitt

BY Simon Hewitt POSTED 06/01/2017 12:00 AM

AFTER HIS ANALYSIS & REPORT ON THE RUSSIAN AUCTIONS HELD AT THE END OF NOVEMBER, OUR INTERNATIONAL EDITOR SIMON HEWITT DISCUSSES SOME OF THE OTHER EVENTS HELD IN LONDON DURING RUSSIAN WEEK IN TWO EXCLUSIVE ARTICLES:   THE FIRST RECOUNTS HIS MEETING WITH AUTHOR & FORMER DIPLOMAT CRAIG MURRAY, AND DISCUSSES HIS RECENT BOOK ON ‘THE GREAT GAME’ BETWEEN […] 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

REVIEW: Revolutionary! The Russian Avant-Garde from the Collection of Vladimir Tsarenkov by Irene Kukota

REVIEW: Revolutionary! The Russian Avant-Garde from the Collection of Vladimir Tsarenkov by Irene Kukota

BY Irene Kukota POSTED 28/12/2016 12:00 AM

REVIEW: Revolutionary! The Russian Avant-Garde from the Collection of Vladimir Tsarenkov by Irene Kukota  Some art collectors simply know how to be ahead of the curve: first when they start collecting art and second – when they begin displaying their collection. This is doubtless the case of Vladimir Tsarenkov, the art collector with an exceptional treasure-trove of […] Read More

REVIEW: A Revolutionary Impulse: The Rise of the Russian Avant-Garde at MoMA, New York, by Milan Tessler

REVIEW: A Revolutionary Impulse: The Rise of the Russian Avant-Garde at MoMA, New York, by Milan Tessler

BY Milan Tessler POSTED 09/12/2016 12:00 AM

REVIEW: A Revolutionary Impulse: The Rise of the Russian Avant-Garde at MoMA, New York, by Milan Tessler  Ahead of the highly anticipated exhibition on Russian art slated for February at the Royal Academy of Arts, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York recently unveiled its collection of Russian art to the public. The […] Read More

REVIEW: ‘Icons of Modern Art: The Shchukin Collection’ at the Louis Vuitton Foundation, Paris, by Rachel Hajek

REVIEW: ‘Icons of Modern Art: The Shchukin Collection’ at the Louis Vuitton Foundation, Paris, by Rachel Hajek

BY Rachel Hajek POSTED 25/11/2016 12:00 AM

REVIEW: Icons of Modern Art: The Shchukin Collection at the Louis Vuitton Foundation by Rachel Hajek The ballet impresario Sergei Diaghilev was once quoted to have said that ‘in the history of the world, what remains are the names of those who had the courage to go against the taste of their times.’[1] The blockbuster exhibition Icons […] Read More

REVIEW: Revolution – A New Art for a New World by Rebecca Jennings

REVIEW: Revolution – A New Art for a New World by Rebecca Jennings

BY Rebecca Jennings POSTED 16/11/2016 12:00 AM

Review: Revolution – A New Art for a New World a film by Margy Kinmonth, Foxtrot Films by Rebecca Jennings Whilst the sounds of revolution were humming beneath the surface of Imperialist Russia, an avant-garde mutiny was transforming Europe’s artistic landscape. Kazimir Malevich’s Suprematist masterpieces were damning the old figurations of established art institutions and paving […] Read More

REVIEW: Anastasia at the Royal Opera House by Matthew Burgess

REVIEW: Anastasia at the Royal Opera House by Matthew Burgess

BY Matthew Burgess POSTED 12/11/2016 12:00 AM

Anastasia at the Royal Opera House  By Matthew Burgess The Royal Opera House’s production of the real-life mystery of Anastasia comes to a close today. On show for just over two weeks in London, the revived 1996 ballet by Kenneth MacMillan tells the tale of the supposed Grand Duchess Anastasia, sole survivor of the assassination […] Read More

REVIEW: ‘The Nose’ at the Royal Opera House by James Butterwick

REVIEW: ‘The Nose’ at the Royal Opera House by James Butterwick

BY James Butterwick POSTED 11/11/2016 12:00 AM

REVIEW: ‘The Nose’ at the Royal Opera House by James Butterwick  Olfactory perception – Shostakovich conkers? Whilst I am in the moron category regarding love of opera, I did once summon from my innards some appreciation of the genre 10 years ago. This was the red-letter day when I clapped eyes and ears on Lady […] Read More

REVIEW: TEFAF NEW YORK FALL 2016 by MILAN TESSLER

REVIEW: TEFAF NEW YORK FALL 2016 by MILAN TESSLER

BY Milan Tessler POSTED 09/11/2016 12:00 AM

REVIEW: TEFAF NEW YORK FALL 2016 by MILAN TESSLER In less than a month, premier international galleries, art collectors and trendy party-seekers will flock to Miami Beach for Art Basel’s 2016 American edition. In an increasingly globalized art world another art fair without the same glitz but with no less a reputation has recently become […] Read More

FILM REVIEW: Leonid Parfenov’s Before the Revolution, by Lena Lisina

BY Elena Lisina POSTED 03/11/2016 12:00 AM

FILM REVIEW: Leonid Parfenov’s Before the Revolution, by Lena Lisina On the 2nd of November, at the Prince Charles Cinema in London, legendary Russian TV journalist Leonid Parfenov, in partnership with Arbuzz Lectures, presented his latest film, Before the Revolution, the first part of his documentary trilogy, Russian Jews. The film was created by his Namedni […] 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

REVIEW: Vertograds of Michael Schwartzman at the Moscow Museum of Modern Art by Irina Stoliarova

REVIEW: Vertograds of Michael Schwartzman at the Moscow Museum of Modern Art by Irina Stoliarova

BY Irina Stoliarova POSTED 21/10/2016 12:00 AM

Vertograds of Michael Schwartzman at the Moscow Museum of Modern Art Oct 19 2016 – Jan 15 2017  The Moscow Museum of Modern Art in partnership with the Heritage Foundation of Michael Schwarzman presented the exhibition Vertograds of Michael Schwartzman. Numerous works are united by one idea: to show the art of the master through various dialogues with art history, both present and […] Read More

ART FAIR: Russian Highlights of TEFAF New York Fall at Park Avenue Armory, New York, 22-26 October

ART FAIR: Russian Highlights of TEFAF New York Fall at Park Avenue Armory, New York, 22-26 October

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 18/10/2016 12:00 AM

TEFAF New York Fall At Park Avenue Armory Park Avenue at 67th Street New York City Opening night reception: 21st October Fair: 22nd October until 26th October. Open daily 11:30 – 19:30 The New York Fall fair is a joint venture between TEFAF and the art investment advisory firm Artvest Partners. It is TEFAF’s debut outside Europe […] Read More

REVIEW: Olga Lomaka’s ‘Artefacts’, by Sasha Burkhanova

REVIEW: Olga Lomaka’s ‘Artefacts’, by Sasha Burkhanova

BY Sasha Burkhanova POSTED 17/10/2016 12:00 AM

Artefacts by Olga Lomaka Private viewing at Saatchi Gallery 12 October 2016 It so happens that in mid-October London, 8 p.m. is already nighttime. In the gathering darkness, a chain of photographers’ flashes, spread from the Duke of York Square to the entrance of Saatchi Gallery, serves as a perfect beacon for those coming to […] 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

ART FAIR: Russian Highlights of LAPADA Art and Antiques Fair at Berkeley Square, 13 – 18 September

ART FAIR: Russian Highlights of LAPADA Art and Antiques Fair at Berkeley Square, 13 – 18 September

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

The LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair returns for its eighth year to the suitably breathtaking surrounds of Berkeley Square, Mayfair. Sponsored by Delancey, the LAPADA Fair offers an unmissable opportunity to source and buy some of the world’s most coveted works of art, antiques, design and decorative arts. This year, it will take place from Tuesday 13 th […] Read More

Publication- New additions in Journal of Icon Studies, at the Museum of Russian Icons

Publication- New additions in Journal of Icon Studies, at the Museum of Russian Icons

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 28/07/2016 12:00 AM

Publication- New additions in Journal of Icon Studies at the Museum of Russian Icons The Museum of Russian Icons is pleased to announce several new publications in its Journal of Icon Studies. Fabian Heffermehl of the University of Oslo has publichsed an article entitled “The Icon and the Hand: Acheiropoeisis (Nerokotvornost’) as a Literary Technique […] Read More

ARTICLE: Moscow Spotlight at Calvert 22 Foundation’s  ‘The Centre Cannot Hold?’, by Milan Tessler

ARTICLE: Moscow Spotlight at Calvert 22 Foundation’s ‘The Centre Cannot Hold?’, by Milan Tessler

BY Milan Tessler POSTED 23/06/2016 12:00 AM

Conference (Power and Architecture season): The Centre Cannot Hold?  At Calvert 22, 22 Calvert Avenue E2 7JP Friday 10 June 2016, 8:30am — Saturday 11 June 2016, 7:00pm   Calvert 22 Foundation’s new exhibition season, Power and Architecture, launched last weekend with a two-day conference under the enticing title ‘The Centre Cannot Hold?’ A quarter-century removed from the […] Read More

NEWS: Russia frees Pyotr Pavlensky

NEWS: Russia frees Pyotr Pavlensky

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 09/06/2016 12:00 AM

A Moscow court on Wednesday released radical performance artist Pyotr Pavlensky but gave him a hefty fine for torching the door of Russia’s security service headquarters, in a rare show of leniency by the authorities, Artdaily.com reports.  A judge ordered the artist to pay 500,000 rubles ($7,800, 6,800 euros) after finding him guilty, saying the […] Read More

ARTICLE: PhotoLondon: Moving Contemporary Russian Photography, by Lisa Moravec

ARTICLE: PhotoLondon: Moving Contemporary Russian Photography, by Lisa Moravec

BY Lisa Moravec POSTED 01/06/2016 12:00 AM

Like the year before, the second edition of the art fair PhotoLondon presented Russian photography. The difference between this year’s art fair in comparison to its inaugural edition was the amount of space it devoted to it. Amongst several gallery displays, such as at the Nailya Alexander Gallery from New York and at the Galerie […] 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

REVIEW: Birmingham Royal Ballet: Romeo and Juliet at Theatre Royal, Nottingham, by Leah Lord

REVIEW: Birmingham Royal Ballet: Romeo and Juliet at Theatre Royal, Nottingham, by Leah Lord

BY Leah Lord POSTED 07/04/2016 12:00 AM

As part of a Shakespeare-led season commemorating 400 years since the writer’s death, Birmingham Royal Ballet brought a short run of performances of the classic romantic tragedy Romeo and Juliet to Nottingham’s Theatre Royal. The version danced by the company is the highly acclaimed production by revered British choreographer Sir Kenneth MacMillan. Originally created for […] Read More

REVIEW: Geli Korzhev exhibition at the Tretyakov Gallery, by Ivan Lindsay

REVIEW: Geli Korzhev exhibition at the Tretyakov Gallery, by Ivan Lindsay

BY Ivan Lindsay POSTED 01/04/2016 12:00 AM

The current exhibition at the Tretyakov Gallery devoted to the art of the late Geli Korzhev (July 7th 1925–August 27th 2012) runs until June 14th. Originally, the exhibition was given the curious title of “I have a right”, but the Tretyakov dropped this title with no explanation just before the opening on March 18th. The […] Read More

REVIEW: Unexpected Eisenstein at GRAD Gallery by Anna Menshenina

REVIEW: Unexpected Eisenstein at GRAD Gallery by Anna Menshenina

BY Anna Menshenina POSTED 11/03/2016 12:00 AM

Review: Unexpected Eisenstein at GRAD Gallery by Anna Menshenina Currently in London the Gallery of Russian Art and Design (GRAD) off Oxford Street, together with the Kino Klassika Foundation, is holding an exhibition dedicated to the renowned Russian filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein. The exhibition invites the viewer to take a look at his iconic masterpieces such as […] Read More

REVIEW: Evgeny Kissin proving himself once again with his Piano Recital at Barbican, by Matteo Morelli

REVIEW: Evgeny Kissin proving himself once again with his Piano Recital at Barbican, by Matteo Morelli

BY Matteo Morelli POSTED 11/03/2016 12:00 AM

Russian piano prodigy Evgeny Kissin delighted the London audiences with a piano recital set around aromantic repertoire. Starting with a pristine Mozart’s Sonata No 10 in C major, he then played a breathtaking Beethoven’s Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Appassionata; the second half included Brahms’s Three Intermezzos Opus 117, and a taste of Spain […] Read More

REVIEW: Russia conducting Russia: Petrenko and his Tchaikovsky with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, by Matteo Morelli

REVIEW: Russia conducting Russia: Petrenko and his Tchaikovsky with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, by Matteo Morelli

BY Matteo Morelli POSTED 26/02/2016 12:00 AM

A full programme around Tchaikovsky that includes his blockbuster Violin Concerto may seem an easy choice for a venue such as the Royal Festival Hall, but not equally easy is to deliver a quality performance out of it: what Petrenko managed to achieve is not just a full venue, but also a great  result with […] Read More

REVIEW: The London Philharmonic Orchestra and Nézet-Séguin on Rachmaninoff’s Second Symphony, by Matteo Morelli

REVIEW: The London Philharmonic Orchestra and Nézet-Séguin on Rachmaninoff’s Second Symphony, by Matteo Morelli

BY Matteo Morelli POSTED 12/02/2016 12:00 AM

Full house at the Royal Festival Hall in London for the London Philharmonic Orchestra under the conduction of Nézet-Séguin. The programme included Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2 in E minor and Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F, the latter accompanied by French pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet who captured the jazzy notes of the concerto and entertained the audience […] Read More

REVIEW: Pyotr Gansky. Return at The Roerich family Museum and Institute, Saint-Petersburg, by Valentina Pudano

REVIEW: Pyotr Gansky. Return at The Roerich family Museum and Institute, Saint-Petersburg, by Valentina Pudano

BY Valentina Pudano POSTED 09/02/2016 12:00 AM

Pyotr Gansky’s gentle eyes and serene expression seem to be reflected in his artwork, characterised by a delicate style and a definite preference for scenes – especially landscapes – inspiring the viewer with a sense of reconciliation and peace. Until the 14th of February, a selection of Gansky’s oeuvre will be on show at the […] Read More

REVIEW: The healing powers of music – a harmony of classical music and charity, by Irina Varivoda

REVIEW: The healing powers of music – a harmony of classical music and charity, by Irina Varivoda

BY Irina Varivoda POSTED 09/02/2016 12:00 AM

The effect of music on people’s health has been a subject of fascination since the ancient times. Evidence of miraculous healings with the aid of music can be traced back to sources dating back to the times of antiquity. The theory of healing using wonderful music was proved to be certain on the 22nd January, […] Read More

REVIEW: Jewish Museum and Tolerance Centre in Moscow, by Natasha Shalina

REVIEW: Jewish Museum and Tolerance Centre in Moscow, by Natasha Shalina

BY Natasha Shalina POSTED 09/02/2016 12:00 AM

The Jewish Museum and Tolerance Centre in Moscow occupies the iconic Bakhmetevsky Bus Garage, built by Konstantin Melnikov and Vladimir Shukhov back in 1925-1927. The premises was constructed specifically for the British Leyland buses, whose dimensions could not fit into any other garage in Moscow. The garage served its function for quite a while: in […] Read More

REVIEW: Raskatov’s Green Mass World Premiere with the London Philharmonic Orchestra & Vladimir Jurowski, by Matteo Morelli

REVIEW: Raskatov’s Green Mass World Premiere with the London Philharmonic Orchestra & Vladimir Jurowski, by Matteo Morelli

BY Matteo Morelli POSTED 02/02/2016 12:00 AM

Landscapes have often inspired classical music production: many composers found themselves writing music that would capture what nature offers, trying to describe what the eyes see and which emotions are suggested to the soul. This is what conductor Vlaidimir Jurowski aimed to present to the London audience: the London Philharmonic Orchestra played a programme focused […] Read More

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