RUSSIAN CULTURE NEWS
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Edition N 187                                         Jule 3, 2001
Number of subscribers 1716                issued from October 1997
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1. Photos of Shining Flowers
2. An exhibition in the Museum of Modern Art
3. St. Peter and Paul Fortress has got new bells
4. Modern Gzhel majolica
5. Petergof's birthday
6. Pushkin's Moscow in post-cards and portraits
7. Competition and exhibition "Hay market"
8. Port museum "Peter's Harbour" open
9. Borodin is evicting a museum to use it as his office
10. UNESCO Certificate to the Kazan Kremlin


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Photos of Shining Flowers
An exhibition "Shining Flowers" is functioning in the State Darwin Museum
(June, 19 - September, 2). There you will be offered to see unique photos,
where with the help of special equipment the luminescence of flower
invisible in the ordinary conditions has been preserved. Energetic body
(aura), which surrounds any living creature, became evident thanks to the
Kirilian photography method. It is a special kind of photography based on rf
current. The authors of the method, married couple Kirilian, are people of
an amazing and intricate lot. The exhibition enables one to pay homage to
tens of years of their self-sacrificing work, spent on the invention of a
comprehensive method of photography. The method permits getting simultaneous
photos in the whole spectrum of electromagnetic waves and is now widely used
in defectoscopy, crime detection and certainly medicine. It was found that
aggressive, irritated an having fear or displeased people have got a red
color spectrum. Harmonious, steady, sincere and purposeful people have got
light-blue, blue and violet radiation. With the help of Kirilianography one
can analyze the character and force of the effect of curative plants upon
human organism. By means of Kirilianography one can not only feel the
wholesome influence of flowers over all living creatures, but to see amazing
luminescence of plants with one's own eyes.

The State Darwin Museum
Addres: Moscow, 57, Vavilova street
Direction: Nearest metro station: Akademicheskaya. Or take trolleybus 39 or
14 from metro stations Universitet or Leninskii Prospect
Phones: (095) 135-6124, 135-3382, 132-1047
URL: http://www.darwin.museum.ru
E-mail: darwin@museum.ru


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An exhibition in the Museum of Modern Art
Argentine, Brazil, Venezuela, Bolivia, Guatemala, Columbia, Cuba, Mexico,
Peru, Chile, Uruguay are represented at the exhibition opened on June, 20 in
the Moscow Museum of Modern Art (MMMA). The project, in which the embassies
of these countries in the Russian Federation, State Museum of Fine Arts by
name of A.S. Pushkin (SMFA) and private collectors are taking part, is timed
to X World Congress of Specialists on Latin America. This forum will start
in Moscow at the end of June. More than 150 drawings, paintings, sculptures
and samples of folk art dated from early XX century up to nowadays, are
displayed at the exposition. Such a dimensioned action connected with
ancient and modern culture of Latin America is being held in Moscow for the
first time. Of special interest is the Brazilian section. Emiliano di
Cavalkanti (the picture "Sitting woman"), Orlando Terus ("Cocks' battle")
are especially notable here. Side by side with them one can see works by
young, but already well known artists: Chilean master of monumental art
Ernan Puelma (series of sculptures "All-seeing Eye" made of iron, cooper
plates and glass fiber), his famous compatriot Himena Cousinio Puelma (her
picture "Intrigues") and a number of others. Thirty canvases have been
brought from Ecuador by a very original painter Kim Bitto. Indian by origin,
he is developing folk traditions of that country of ancient culture.

The Moscow Modern Art Museum
Addres: Moscow, Petrovka street, 25
Phones: 200-6375


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St. Peter and Paul Fortress has got new bells
St. Peter and Paul Fortress in St. Petersburg has recently purchased a
4-octave carillon of 51 bells. Now the Fortress has 134 bells in total. A
few days ago the new carillon was lifted to the mid belfry of St. Peter and
Paul Cathedral. The carillon costing $300,000 was bought by the Director of
Carillon School in Mechelen Jo Haazen for the donations of 352 sponsors from
dozens of countries. Among the donators were the Romanoff's Foundation and
the Royal Couple of Belgium, thanks to whom the carillon now includes the
heaviest bell weighing over 3 tons. The ceremonial opening of the carillon
which is being tuned at the moment is scheduled for the 15 September. St.
Peter and Paul Cathedral will become a unique edifice in which will resound
2 carillons (18-th century Dutch and 20-th century Belgian) and an Orthodox
Christian belfry. The first carillons appeared in St. Petersburg at the time
of the reign of Peter the Great (in 1710 on the belfry of Isaac Cathedral,
and in 1721 in St. Peter and Paul Cathedral). Soon both of them were damaged
by fires, and in 1760 a new carillon (by now silent for 150 years) was
bought.

Petropavlovskaya Fortress - The State Museum of the History of St. Peterburg
Addres: Saint-Peterburg, 3, Peter and Paul fortress
Direction: "Gorkovskaya" metro station
Phones: (812) 238-4540, 238-4511
URL: http://www.museum.ru/museum/gmispb
E-mail: ppkroot@ppk.spb.su


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Modern Gzhel majolica
The Russian Museum (the Benois Wing) in St. Petersburg will house the
exhibition "Modern Gzhel Majolica. Yu.I.Petlina" from June 28, 2001. The
exhibition presents more than 250 works by a State Prize Laureate Yulia
Ivanovna Petlina. Most of the exhibited works were made by the author
specially for this exhibition. The design of Petlina's majolica painting is
sometimes picturesque and airy, sometimes decoratively dense and bright. The
artist creates different chinaware forms, as well as household articles and
decorations: kvass jugs, pitchers, candlesticks, plates, trenchers, glazed
tiles, clocks, glasses, caskets with statuettes on their top. Her attraction
to sculptural forms - majolica plastic art - is becoming ever more evident.
The plastic solutions of her works are very different: heavy ball-shaped
jewel-boxes, blown thriftboxes and caskets, and miniature sculptures. Life
in her sculptures is diverse and many-sided, spiritual and emotional - that
is why it is so close and interesting for the viewer. The artist's oeuvre is
profoundly traditional and amazingly contemporary.

Benois Wing
Addres: Saint-Peterburg, Griboedova channel, 2
Direction: Metro station "Nevsky Prospect"


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Petergof's birthday
The celebration of Petergof's birthday is coming closer. It will begin on
July 12 (on St. Peter and St. Paul's Day) and will last for 2 or 3 days.
This is the biggest, the most beautiful and the longest festival of all
those taking place in Petergof. There will be a lot entertainment and music.
The festival will be attended by many performers and will end with great
fireworks at the Red Pond.

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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Pushkin's Moscow in post-cards and portraits
On June, 25 in the Pavilion of Roses of the State Museum-estate "Pavlovsk"
will be the opening-day of the exhibition "Pushkin's Moscow". 66 exhibits
from A.S. Pushkin Museum in Moscow dating back to the first quarter of XIX
century (water-colors, portraits, miniatures, porcelain and subjects of
everyday life) will be displayed there. Of special interest are: a unique
miniature "Pushkin as a baby", Portrait of the poet's mother-in-law N.I.
Goncharova, a collection of porcelain statuettes of Gardner's factory
(churn-maker, coachman, pancake-maker, bird-catcher, saleswoman of linen)
and the map of Moscow of early XIX century. Near the Pavilion of Roses one
can see new inhabitants of the Pavlov's park: peacocks and kings-cranes, who
have arrived here from the Leningrad Zoo.

State Museum and Estate "Pavlovsk"
Addres: Leningrad region, 20, Revolutsii Ulitsa, Pavlovsk town
Direction: Electric train from Vitebsky vokzal or from platform "Kupchino"
to st. "Pavlovsk"
Phones: (812) 470-6536


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Competition and exhibition "Hay market"
On June 26, 2001 at the G.Tukay's Museum, located on the territory of Old
Tatar Sloboda, opened a competition and exhibition of folk homecrafts "Hay
market" (in Tatar - "Pechen bazary"). The Old Tatar Sloboda is a unique
historical part of Kazan. During the 17th and 18th centuries it was the
center of artistic crafts. On its territory was located the biggest eastern
bazaar in the European part of Russia, called "Hay market" ("Pechen bazary")
with lots of craft shops. The competition and exhibition was organized on
the initiative of the following bodies: the Prefecture of the historic and
cultural state-protected area "Iske Tatar Bistese" (Old Tatar Sloboda), the
Kazan department for national administration, cultural foundation
"Tradition", the National Museum of the Republic of Tatarstan, and
"Syuyumbike" magazine, who pursued concrete goals, such as: - preservation,
restoration, and development of the traditional folk art; - assistance to
the participants in their future production and sale of homecrafts; -
attraction of investors and potential customers with the aim of supporting
and developing of folk crafts commerce. The exhibition will feature popular
folk crafts - jewelry, gold stitching, fancy weaving, ceramics, shamaili. It
will stay open until August 30, 2001.

G.Tukay's Museum
Addres: Tatarstan republic, Kazan, Tukay's street, 74
Phones: (8432) 93-1750
URL: www.tatar.museum.ru


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Port museum "Peter's Harbour" open
On June 28 a whole flotilla of wooden ships moored for the timeless berthing
near the embankment of the Onega Lake in the center of Petrozavodsk,
followed by the ceremonial opening of the first port museum "Petrovskaya
Gavan" ("Peter's Harbour"). This event was timed to the Day of the City
festivities which took place on 30 June. The creation of this cultural
center is a tribute to the founder of Petropavlovsk Peter the Great and to
the glorious past of the city. The museum was organized on the initiative of
a local marine club "Polar Odysseus", which had built more than 30 wooden
sailing ships, including the exact copies of an ancient Northern karbas
(fishers' ship), a kotch (a ship used by fishermen in the Pomorye region in
the middle ages), and of the Peter the Great's boat . Some of the exhibited
ships have already made long-distance voyages to the shores of Africa and
Northern America and participated in many international festivals and wooden
ship parades.


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Borodin is evicting a museum to use it as his office
Here is an appeal of Administration and stuff of the All-Russian Museum of
Decorative and Folk Arts to the public: "The All-Russian Museum of
Decorative and Folk Arts, which is going to celebrate its 20-th anniversary
this year, has found itself under the treat of actual closing! As far as we
came to know, Pavel Pavlovich Borodin claims to its building, donated to the
Museum by the decision of the Government of the Russian Federation, wishing
(evidently in chime with the Ministry of Property) urgently to put his
office just at the place of the exposition. Even without it the Museum's
collection lacks space in its depositary, so, closing the exposition even
for some period of time (before a new building is found) will make
preserving the Museum's unique collection impossible. We hope the leaders of
our state will have enough commonsense to realize that there are no such
actual problems of contemporary policy that could justify the destruction of
the Museum, which is an important part of our multinational culture".

All-Russian Museum of Decorative, Applied and Folk Arts
Phones: (095) 921-0139, 923-7725, 923-1741
E-mail: d_museum@online.ptt.ru


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UNESCO Certificate to the Kazan Kremlin
On June, 21, 2001 on the square in front of the Spasskaya Tower of the Kazan
Kremlin a solemn ceremony of handing by representatives of UNESCO a
certificate of Kazan's competent membership in the Organization of the
Cities of World Heritage, the Banner of the Center of World Heritage and the
Diploma and Golden Medal "Olive Branch of Peace" for the city's contribution
into the cultural property of the planet was held. On November, 30, 2000 at
the session of the Committee of World Heritage it was decided to include
Kazan into the Register of World Heritage. In this way exclusive importance
of the Kazan Kremlin, which had become the 15-th object and the second one
after the Moscow Kremlin in this Register, was recognized. Today UNESCO's
memorable symbols will be open on the Kremlin wall. The Certificate and the
Banner were handed to the President of Tatarstan Republic M. Shymiev and
Mayor of Kazan Sh. Ishakov by Deputy General Director of UNESCO Mr.
Bushenaki.

The Associated State Museum of Tatarstan Republic
Addres: Tatarstan republic, 2, Kremlevskaya str., Kazan
Phones: (8432) 92-7162
URL: http://www.tatar.museum.ru
E-mail: tatar_museum@mail.ru
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