Happy New Year dear readers!!! Have you made your 2019 plans and resolutions yet? Russian Art and Culture has some suggestion for you. Here is our to-do list of all the best art events in London and beyond for January 2019. Keep you eyes peeled for the review of all the best theatre productions and music performances which will be online very soon.
London has a lot to offer (as always) to all the fans of Russian art with the diverse selection of events and exhibitions which will satisfy any tastes and preferences. Looking for historical art? You definitely can’t miss the current show at the Queen’s Gallery which examines the relations between Russian and British Royals from Peter the Great to Nicholas II through Royal gifts and acquisitions (until 28 April). Fancy something special? Join us for our exclusive tour on 10 Jan.
Another show not to miss is Yakov Chernikov hosted by James Butterwick and Alon Zakaim Fine Arts (until 21 January). Chernikov who can be best described as Soviet Piranessi was a pioneering architect and theoretician. The exhibition features some of his works on paper exemplifying the system of drawing, based on unique colour combinations, symmetry and rhythm, which Chernikov invented.
Fine examples of Russian modernism can be found in Annely Juda Fine Art. The promonent London gallery celebrates its anniversary and features 50 artists, which it exhibited over 50 years, including Alexander Rodchenko, Lubov Popova. Kazimir Malevich and others.
Interested in contemporary art? Then we have even more tips. Not (very) far from London Russian-born artist Olga Grotova has her first UK solo-show(until 16 February). If you have not heard her name yet, you definitely should – her performances, videos and paintings make her one of the most promising young artists today.
Another worth-seeing exhibition is organised by the Pushkin House which never disappoints. This time they focused on the theme of cultural translation or its impossibility and presented works of two artists, Irina Zatulovskaya and Anne Rothenstein, united by the theme of literature (until 22 February).
London Art Fair is returning to the city with its newest edition which features a number of Russian artists. For the 2019 Art Projects, Abode is bringing together two female artists: Maria Agureeva, a Russian multidisciplinary artist; and Lindsey Bull, a British artist, working primarily in figurative painting.
Are you interested in Russian ballet and opera? Than we also have a number of suggestions. The festive series performances of Nutcracker, everyone’s favourite tale accompanied by Tchaikovsky’s mesmerising music is still on. For other classical favourites check out ROH which hosts Tchaikovsky’s probably most ambitious opera The Queen of Spades (13 January – 1 February) and New Wimbledon Theatre, where Russian State Ballet of Siberia performs Cinderella (31 January).
There is a million and 1 reasons to travel to Vatican. But now you have an extra one. Vatican museums host the major exhibition of Russian art with works coming from the Tretyakov Gallery which range from icon painting to Russian realism of the 19th century (until 16 February).
The Albertina Museum has devoted a comprehensive solo exhibition to Georgian painter Niko Pirosmani (until 27 January). This autodidact, whose radiant and emphatic works frequently show animals or scenes from the life of old Georgia and its people, has come to be viewed as a hero of the avant-garde who deserves to be discovered.
Don’t miss your last chance to see some of the best examples of Russian art available in the States. Fans of modernism should not miss the exhibition in Russian centre Art Gallery in Amherst Centre of Russian Culture, MA, exploring the role of Russia in WWI and artists’ response to it (until 17 February).
For after-war art check Zimmerli Museum in Rutgers University, which currently hosts the exhibition of two prominent figures of Russian alternative culture (until 17 March).
Another must is Armenia exhibition at the Metropolitan museum (until 13 January). The first major museum exhibition ever devoted to the art of Armenia — officially its “medieval” era, but in fact spanning nearly 1,500 years — bulges with weighty stone crosses, intricate altar frontals and flamboyantly illuminated Bibles and Gospel books unlike any manuscripts you’ve seen from that time.