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Nowadays, institutions are too quickly turning to culture and identity to explain politics, especially at election times. As simple and convenient as it seems, it is not as accurate as such. All across Europe, the governments failed at distributive justice, not on culture or behavioural recognition. We are discussing these highly topical issues with our special guest …
The exhibition “Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud and the School of London’’ that opened at the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow last week, has all chances to become a serious crowd-puller. For the first time, the Russian public has an opportunity to get acquainted with a unique and very important chapter in the history of modern British art. Despite the worldwide fame of most of the masters, whose names are usually associated with the so-called London School, monographs of Francis Bacon were held in Russia, but only occasionally single works by Lucian Freud, Frank Auerbach, Leon Kossoff were exhibited. The current exhibition is to bridge this gap.
Tobolsk is one of the oldest cities in the Urals and Siberia, the birthplace of many famous people, including the chemist Dmitry Mendeleyev, painter Vasily Perov, composer Alexander Alyabyev and many others. It is also the place where Decembrists Ivan Annenkov, Wilhelm Kuchelbecker, Alexander Muravyov, Mikhail Fonvizin, as well as the writer Alexander Radishchev, the statesman Mikhail Speransky, Russia’s first portrait painter Ivan Nikitin, were exiled. Tobolsk is also where the deposed Emperor Nicholas II and his family lived in exile from August 13, 1917 until April 13, 1918.
While ties between India and Russia continue to scale newer heights following an informal summit last year, more and more Indians are being exposed to rich Russian culture. The spacious exhibition halls of Lalit Kala Akademi in Kota (Rajasthan) was the last venue hosting a moving art symposium “Opening Russia-2019”, which took place in January - February in several cities of Rajasthan, West Bengal and, of course, in the capital of India – Delhi, where the two-month art marathon started at Arpana Fine Arts Gallery at the very end of December.
The Moscow Museum of Modern Art presents an extensive solo show of Jaan Toomik, a world-famous video artist, painter and film director, often described as Estonia's most brilliant figure on the world art scene. The exhibition at 10 Gogolevsky boulevard entitled 'My End Is My Beginning. And My Beginning Is My End' features paintings, sculpture, short films and video art created over the last 20 years.
On the 1st and 2nd of February, 2019, the First International World Music Heritage Competition was held in Moscow in the P.I.Yurgenson Music Library, the purpose of which was to give young participants a chance to try their hand and get an independent professional assessment of their skills. The competition brought together 50 performers from France, China, Armenia, Georgia and Russia in three age groups.
The official presentation of the Nadja Brykina Foundation was held in mid-January in the gallery space in central Moscow where since 2010 Nadja Brykina Gallery has hosted numerous retrospectives and solo shows of the Nonconformist artists of the 1960s-80s as well as artists of the younger generation. The Foundation marked its opening with an exhibition which presents works by Vladimir Andreenkov, Francisco Infante, Alexei Kamensky, Andrey Krasulin, Boris Otarov, Sergey Potapov, and Yuri Zlotnikov to name a few – all of them are gallery artists with whom it has been working for over 20 years.
At the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, the exhibition “Picasso and Khokhlova” is coming to an end, displaying paintings and drawings from the collection of the National Picasso Museum in Paris, and almost unknown works of the artist and archival materials from the family collection, which were provided by the Almine and Bernard Ruiz-Picasso Foundation for Art (FABA) in Madrid.
From 28 January till 9 of February worldwide knows photo agency Magnum Photos will be first time presenting experimental laboratory Magnum Live Lab/19 in Moscow. Tree photographers will take a part in this project – Thomas Dworzak (Germany), Alex Majoli (Italy), and Newsha Tavakolian (Iran). Exhibition about modern Moscow will be presented in Zaryadye Park. The creative process will be opened to all comers in online timing. The curator of this project will be Nina Gomiashvili.
The timing of “Mini Wonders: Czech Toys Past and Present”, a touring exhibition hosted by the All-Russian Decorative Art Museum in partnership with the Czech Centre in Moscow, was darkly fortuitous. It opened in the end of 2018 to coincide with the holiday season, when traditionally more visitors including families with children, try snacking on the museums during a long vacation period over the New Year. Every year the museum offers colourful shows spotlighting antique and modern New Year tree decorations and toy design.