RUSSIAN CULTURE NEWS
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Edition N 181                                     May 16, 2001
Number of subscribers 1703            issued from October 1997.
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1. Pantikapey. Archeological portrait of a vanished town
2. From the collection of the Museum of Army and Navy in Moscow
3. Project of a new capital of Eurasia
4. Ludowik XIV's wars in engravings
5. Exhibition "Four Points of View on Porcelain"
6. Peterhoff park opened for visiters
7. In June, on the Pushkin Hills, Sviatogorsk Market will be held


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Pantikapey. Archeological portrait of a vanished town
State Museum of Fine Arts named after A.S. Pushkin invites you to visit the
exhibition "Pantikapey. Archeological portrait of a vanished town". The
exhibition is devoted to the 55-th Anniversary of Archeological Research of
the Bospor Expedition of the State Museum of Fine Arts named after A.S.
Pushkin at the mountain of Mitridat. The Bospor Expedition, initiated by
Professor of the Pushkin Museum V.D. Blavatsky in 1945, was created in
cooperation with the Museum of Material Culture and started systematic
excavations of Pantikapey, the capital of Bospor Kingdom. Many people of the
Museum staff took part in the expedition. Vast-scale excavations have helped
the Museum to form a large, varied and unique collection of memorials of
Ancient Greek and Bospor art and culture, which for a millennium had been
the environment of the ancient town. About 200 exhibits are samples of
imported Ionic and Attic decorated ceramics, terracotta, details of order
buildings, pieces of monumental plastic and interior decorations, varied
epigraphic material. All those are presented at the exhibition.

The Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts
Addres: Moscow, 12, Ulitsa Volkchonka
Direction: metro station 'Kropotinskaya'
Phones: (095) 203-9578, 203-7998, 203-7412
URL: www.museum.ru/gmii
E-mail: finearts@gmii.museum.ru


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From the collection of the Museum of Army and Navy in Moscow
In the halls of State Museum of Fine Arts named after A.S. Pushkin in Moscow
an exhibition of the Central Museum of Army and Navy has been opened. It is
devoted to the 300 anniversary of St-Petersburg and called "I love You,
Peter's Masterpiece!". Among the exhibits there is Peter the Great's
"Admiral's arm-chair" and other things which had belonged to him, also
flags, banners, standards from navy churches, sea armament, mortgage boards
of ships of the Russian Navy, navigation tools and devices, subjects of
sailors' everyday life, documents and books, engravings and photos. Of
special value is one of the rarest and most expensive models in the world.
It is the model of a 100-cannon linear ship "Royal Sovereign", which had
been presented to Peter the Great in the beginning of the 18-th century by
the British Queen Ann. Moscovites will also see the real "Admiral's boat"
from the spire of the main Admiralty building in St-Petersburg. This relic
was granted to the Museum in the first half of the 19-th century, after one
of the spire's restorations.

The Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts
Addres: Moscow, 12, Ulitsa Volkchonka
Direction: metro station 'Kropotinskaya'
Phones: (095) 203-9578, 203-7998, 203-7412
URL: www.museum.ru/gmii
E-mail: finearts@gmii.museum.ru


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Project of a new capital of Eurasia
State Museum of Architecture by name of A.V. Shusev invites everyone to see
a new exhibition "NEW-NOVOSIBIRSK". "NEW-NOVOSIBIRSK" is a project of a new
capital of Eurasia, a monumental propaganda plan (Andrey Molodkin, Alexey
Gintovt, Gleb Kosorukov; music by Dmitry M. Shostakovich). Modern
geopolitical concepts, the dream of an ideal city and the idea of New
Russian Renaissance have inspired the group of artists to create a colossal
project of New-Novosibirsk. In February 2001 this group of visioners
presented their works in the Russian Museum as a powerful art action, and
now the town-planning aspect of their project appeared. Unprecedented
many-meters canvases by Andrey Molodkin and Alexey Gintovt drawn by ten
thousand ball-point pens depict the style of lighthouses of the future city
environments. Gleb Kosorukov has created a photo-portrait of the inhabitants
of New-Novosibirsk, young and wonderful people of the new millennium. All
these are accompanied by the march of subjugators of the North called "Our
victory", which appears before us as the great spirit of the young Parisian
composer's, Dmitry Shostakovich, great grandfather. One can get a more
detailed description and scientific comments to the project and also see the
life-building program in action on the 10-th of May, 6 p.m. in the Suit of
Rooms of the Museum of Architecture's main building. The exhibition is open
until July 11, 2001.

The State Reseach Museum of Architecture named after A.B.Schusev
Addres: Moscow, 5, Vozdvizshenka str.
Phones: (095) 290-4855, 290-0551
URL: www.muar.ru
E-mail: muar@isa.ru, SCHUSEV@MUAR.RU


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Ludowik XIV's wars in engravings
The exhibition "Ludowik XIV's wars. 50 painted engravings" will be open in
the State Hermitage up to September, 2. This selection, dated back to the
beginning of the XVIII century from the Hermitage collection, includes 45
engravings and 5 water-colours and gouash paintings by various artists,
created in various years, from the middle of the XVII up to the beginning of
the XVIII centuries, and of various formats, but they all are unified by the
same plot - Ludowik XIV's (who ruled since 1643 till 1715) victories and
defeats. The plots of the 50 works of art clearly show that their unknown
complier's starting point has been their idea contents. The selection had
been possibly purchased for the tsar's collection. Ludowik XIV had stated
that the conquest of new territories was the most pleasant and worthy
occupation for any sovereign, and he had been proving that throughout his
whole life. The common plot of all the pictures is connected with the
struggle for re-partition of frontiers between France and its Northern
neighbor, Netherlands. The authors of the canvases belong to different art
schools of European engraving of the XVII century - the French, the German,
the Dutch, the Fleming, the German, but they are very much alike from the
point of view of style. All the engravings are made in the technique of
etching and chisel, with the exception of the Portrait of Duke Marlborough
by D. Smith.

The State Hermitage
Addres: Saint-Peterburg, 34-36, Dvortsovaya Nabarezhnaya
Direction: From "Nevsky Prospect" metro station, take any of the following:
bus 7, 10; tram 31; troll. 1, 7, 9, 10
Phones: (812) 311-3601, 110-9604, 110-9601
URL: http://www.hermitagemuseum.org/
E-mail: info@hermitage.ru


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Exhibition "Four Points of View on Porcelain"
The State Hermitage invites the visitors to the exhibition "Four Points of
View on Porcelain". It presents creative work of four lady-artists of the
Lomonosov Porcelain Factory, they are: Tatiana Afanasieva, Elvira Ieropkina,
Nelly Petrova and Galina Shuliak. In creative work of Tatiana Afanasieva,
virtuoso of painting and master of forms, landscape and still life became
her favorite genres since her first years in the factory. As for Elvira
Ieropkina, her themes are varied: balley and circus, everyday life and
biblical scenes. Based upon her design, Lomonosov Porcelain Factory has made
tens of painted samples of dinner services and plastics. Nelly Petrova is
Senior artist of Lomonosov Porcelain Factory, a painter and a sculptor. For
25 years tens of her drawings have taken root in the factory production and
at the same time they formed the unique style of her drawings and images.
Her works are easily recognized by her constant attachment to the theme of
vanishing Russia. In works of Galina Shuliak, porcelain painter and
sculptor, there is much diversity, too. Some of her works attract one's
attention by their spontaneity, others by high temper of painting, bold
conclusions, complicated and noble palette. The exhibition is a prologue for
the future cooperation of State Hermitage and Lomonosov Porcelain Factory.
The works of art exhibited here, come from both the collection of State
Hermitage and Lomonosov Porcelain Factory. The exhibition will be open until
September 2, 2001.

The State Hermitage
Addres: Saint-Peterburg, 34-36, Dvortsovaya Nabarezhnaya
Direction: From "Nevsky Prospect" metro station, take any of the following:
bus 7, 10; tram 31; troll. 1, 7, 9, 10
Phones: (812) 311-3601, 110-9604, 110-9601
URL: http://www.hermitagemuseum.org/
E-mail: info@hermitage.ru


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Peterhoff park opened for visiters
On May, 12 the Peterhoff Park opened for the visitors. The entrance will now
require payment, but the holiday devoted to the opening of the season will
be held later. It is usually held on the last Sunday of May (last year it
was May, 29).

The Art and Architectural Museum and Estate "Petergof"
Addres: Saint-Peterburg, 2, UlitsaRazvodnaya, Petergof
Direction: Local trains go from Baltisky Station, St Petersburg, to 'Novy
Petergof' Station. There is also a hydrofoil service that leaves from two
terminals: on the Makarova Emba
Phones: (812) 427-9226, 427-9953, 427-7425


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In June, on the Pushkin Hills, Sviatogorsk Market will be held
On June, 2, 2001 in the settlement of Sviatogorsk, Pskov District,
Sviatogorsk Market in honor of the Russian Pushkin Holiday is going to be
opened. Markets are traditional for Pskov lands. This year, the market of
folk art and decorative trades will be supported by the Cultural Committee
of Pskov region, the Cultural Department of Pushkinogorsk district
Administration, Folk Art Center of Pskov district, Center of Folk Arts of
Pskov region, State Memorial Historic, Literature, Nature and Landscape
Museum and National Park "Mikhailovskoje". Various entertainments have been
planned for the guests of the Market.
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