Interviews

TURETSKY SOPRANO CELEBRATES LONDON MASLENITSA FESTIVAL ON ITS 10TH ANNIVERSARY

TURETSKY SOPRANO CELEBRATES LONDON MASLENITSA FESTIVAL ON ITS 10TH ANNIVERSARY

BY Matteo Morelli POSTED 20/02/2018 8:49 PM

Founded in 2009, the London Maslenitsa Festival celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. Under the organisation of Ensemble Production and with the support of different entities, including Russkiy Mir Foundation and Russian Art and Culture, the Festival presented various events ranging from film screenings and art exhibitions to fashion shows, culminating in the Maslenista Concert […] Read More

In Conversation With Andrey Zvyagintsev, Film Director And Screenwriter

In Conversation With Andrey Zvyagintsev, Film Director And Screenwriter

BY Col Spector POSTED 05/02/2018 2:30 PM

To mark the release of his new Oscar-nominated film Loveless Col Spector talks to director Andrey Zvyagintsev about centrifugal storytelling and getting chilling performances from his child actor.   Col Spector: Where did the initial idea for Loveless come from? Andrey Zvyagiuntsev: After making Elena I was trying to think about what I would do next […] Read More

PETER OSBORNE IN CONVERSATION WITH VADIM ZAKHAROV, TATE MODERN, 22 JANUARY

PETER OSBORNE IN CONVERSATION WITH VADIM ZAKHAROV, TATE MODERN, 22 JANUARY

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 20/01/2018 9:24 PM

​Learn more about Russian art, institutions and the Moscow Conceptualists from leading philosophers, artists and curators On the centenary of the 1917 Russian Revolution, Tate Modern presents the first major UK retrospective of the pioneering Russian-born artists, Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, and a host of rare propaganda posters, prints and photographs in Red Star Over Russia. In […] Read More

Non-Historians Overheard. Boris Akunin in Conversation with Mikhail Zygar, Bush House, 24 January

Non-Historians Overheard. Boris Akunin in Conversation with Mikhail Zygar, Bush House, 24 January

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 19/01/2018 2:05 PM

Another discussion of the “Overheard” series will be on history and future of Russia On January 24, 2018, the famous writer Boris Akunin and author of  a 2017 best-selling book  The Empire Must Die  journalist Mikhail Zygar will meet in London to discuss the historical development of Russia and the situation in the Russian society. […] 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

Staging “Fiery Angel in Glasgow”. Interview with Philip White, Head of Opera at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Staging “Fiery Angel in Glasgow”. Interview with Philip White, Head of Opera at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

BY Svetlana Zvereva POSTED 10/01/2018 10:37 AM

This interview is a record of the  conversation between the two members of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland who trained the students for the premiere of Prokofiev’s “Fiery Angel” in Glasgow in December 2017. Musicologist and Russianist Svetlana Zvereva who worked with the student vocalists on Russian pronunciation talks with the Head of Opera at […] Read More

Interview with Marat Guelman, Curator of Art Riot Show at the Saatchi Gallery

Interview with Marat Guelman, Curator of Art Riot Show at the Saatchi Gallery

BY Irene Kukota POSTED 05/01/2018 1:51 PM

Today we are publishing our concluding interview in the Art Riot series. Russian collector, gallerist, curator and art -manager Marat Guelman is a respected veteran of the Russian art scene. He first came to prominence and became internationally known during  his years in office as Director of PERMM contemporary art museum in Perm. Prior to that, in […] Read More

Art Riot. Interview with the Blue Noses Group.

Art Riot. Interview with the Blue Noses Group.

BY Irene Kukota POSTED 30/12/2017 9:54 PM

We continue our series of interviews with artists represented at the ART RIOT: POST-SOVIET ACTIONISM running at the Saatchi Gallery. Blue Noses (Alexander Shaburov and Vyacheslav Mizin) are notorious for their “hooligan improvisations”. Their shows  are “a symbiosis of prefab concepts and pure improvisation. By using humor and the grotesque, the artists mimic all the trends of […] Read More

Interview with Igor Tsukanov — Art Patron and Creator of the Art Riot: Post-Soviet Actionism Show

Interview with Igor Tsukanov — Art Patron and Creator of the Art Riot: Post-Soviet Actionism Show

BY Irene Kukota POSTED 24/12/2017 6:30 PM

Igor Tsukanov is Chairman and founder of the Tsukanov Family Foundation, collector of Russian Non-conformist and contemporary art, stood as the driving force behind the recent blockbuster exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery. Dubbed by an FT journalist as  the Russian banker who wants a museum, not a yacht, Mr Tsukanov stays true to his passion.  In […] Read More

These Horses and Riders Were Catalysts of Cultural Change: The British Museum Curator St John Simpson on Ancient Scythians

These Horses and Riders Were Catalysts of Cultural Change: The British Museum Curator St John Simpson on Ancient Scythians

BY Irene Kukota POSTED 22/12/2017 4:11 PM

  Scythians: warriors of ancient Siberia  is the culmination of this year’s celebration of 1917 Russian Revolution and Russian art and culture in the UK.  The exhibition was organised by the British Museum in joint collaboration with  the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg, Russia. It  simultaneously provides a glimpse into the enigmatic nomadic civilisation of the […] Read More

LIVING MEMORIES: ANDREEA MIRONESCU ON ARMENIAN GENOCIDE IN LITERATURE

LIVING MEMORIES: ANDREEA MIRONESCU ON ARMENIAN GENOCIDE IN LITERATURE

BY Borimir Totev POSTED 06/12/2017 3:27 PM

This October, Yale University Press has released in English the translation of one of the most compelling novels on the Armenian Genocide, written by a Romanian author with Armenian origins, Varujan Vosganian. The Book of Whispers was originally published in 2009 and soon after it gained international recognition due to its translation in more than […] Read More

Oleg Kulik: The Art of Riot

Oleg Kulik: The Art of Riot

BY Irene Kukota POSTED 05/12/2017 11:33 PM

We invite you to watch our newly released video interview with Russian actionist artist Oleg Kulik — one of the major figures of Russian actionism, whose art and filmed performances are important components of the Art Riot exhibition. His art and documented performances are currently on view there. Oleg shares his own view of the […] Read More

RUSSIAN ART AND CULTURE LAUNCHES ITS OWN YOUTUBE CHANNEL

RUSSIAN ART AND CULTURE LAUNCHES ITS OWN YOUTUBE CHANNEL

BY Russian Art & Culture POSTED 27/11/2017 4:24 PM

We are happy to announce the launch of our own YOUTUBE channel. Please, view our first video interview with James Seager, producer and co-director of Les Enfants Terribles Theatre. He shares his experience of working with Nadya Tolokonnikova and staging Inside Pussy Riot at the Saatchi Gallery.   Please, follow our series of interviews devoted to the […] Read More

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

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