RUSSIAN CULTURE NEWS
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Edition N 190                                         August 14, 2001
Number of subscribers 1720                issued from October 1997
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1. The surrounding world as a feast of life
2. Unique pieces of Russian olden time
3. Magic square of a sunny canvas
4. Non-conformism with :. a soft-tip pen
5. Olga Kiselyova. "It's a wrong city"
6. 80th obits of A. Block and N. Gumilyov
7. The museum of old-time railroad engineering has moved
8. Crystal clinking over the Gus river
9. Exhibition "Looking for the time gone:"
10. Russian art of gold-embroidery


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The surrounding world as a feast of life
The Moscow Museum of Contemporary Art houses an exhibition of a French
painter Gabriel Yuon Herguine "Vibrations of the Spirit". Works by this
artist include landscapes, still life and nude paintings. Familiar
architectural motives of France in his canvases acquire fantastic shapes,
with the painter viewing the surrounding world as a bright feast of life.
The artist's works , which follow the traditions of the French school of
painting, are also influenced by the Russian culture. Herguine's father was
the senior priest of the church at the famous cemetery Saint-Genevieve de
Bois near Paris, where many outstanding Russian emigrants are buried, while
his mother is a niece of a distinguished Russian painter Konstantin Yuon.

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


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Unique pieces of Russian olden time
The Moscow Arts Center houses an ethnographic exhibition "Peasantry art in
the 18th-19th centuries" presenting research conducted by Mikhail Surov over
20 years, and articles gathered by him during this period. M. Surov started
to gather items for his collection in the Vologda region back in his
school-days. Now his collection is comprised of over 117,000 pieces, with
100 of them being displayed at this exhibition, including household articles
and furniture pieces.

Moscow Arts Centre
Addres: Moscow, Neglinnaya street, 14
Phones: 924-88-72, 923-78-63


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Magic square of a sunny canvas
The Central House of Artists invites you to the exhibition "Sunny Square -
IX", held in the framework of the 7th International Arts Festival "Sunny
Square-2001" Vologda - Moscow - Luxembourg - Moscow. Every canvas is a
window to another universe, another dimension lurking behind the veil of the
visible world. In a way it is a magic square which enables us to peer into
this mysterious dimension, into the world beyond any borders or limits. The
idea implied by the concept of artists belonging to the association "Sunny
Square" is that through this window opened to us by the creator, through the
face of the crystal ball animated by a touch of a Master's hand, flows the
light from that close and yet elusive world, and shines an invisible sun. An
International Public Association of Artists "Sunny Square" has been holding
international exhibitions at the Central House of Artists for eight years in
a row. This exhibitions simultaneously serve as the place for reviewing
results of numerous painting, graphic art, and imagery symposia organized by
the Association in Russia and abroad, as well as the muster for your artists
who come to join the association. This year "Sunny Square-2001", which is
the seventh Festival of this series, is held in two countries - in Russia
and in Luxembourg. The opening ceremony took place in Vologda on June 28.
After the exhibition in Moscow the Festival will move to Luxembourg, where a
symposium, an arts and handicraft fair, a concert program and an exhibition
of works by symposium participants are going to be organized from 20 August
to September 14. Then the Festival will return to Moscow where an exhibition
and an auction will be held at the State central Exhibition Hall "Manezh".
The exhibition will be open from August 8 to September 2 at halls NN2-3.

The Central House of Artists
Addres: Moscow, Krymskiy val, 10
Direction: Metro Stations Oktyabraskaya, Park Kylturi
Phones: (095) 238-9843, 238-9634
URL: www.cha.ru


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Non-conformism with :. a soft-tip pen
A gallery "Peresvetov Lane" invites you to an exhibition of D. Filatov
(Kiev) "LIKE EVERYONE ELSE: (non-conformism with a soft-tip pen)", open
until September 1, 2001. A devoted conceptualist and an eccentric painter
Dmitri Filatov was borne and brought up in Kiev. A hereditary artist who has
created his own system of image presentation, D. Filatov has recently turned
to simple materials like paper and a soft-tip pen. His works are dedicated
to shattered suprematistic and futuristic imagery of the 20th century. All
his paintings, being absolutely serious, are only ironic in their form which
is sometimes close to a child's drawing and sometimes nears abstraction. The
exhibition mainly presents works made by the artist in the spring and summer
of 2001. More details can be found at
http://www.galleries.ru/exhibitions/filatovaug01.htm

State Exhibition Hall "Peresvetov Lane"
Addres: Moscow, Peresvetov Lane, 4, 1



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Olga Kiselyova. "It's a wrong city"
A new video project by Olga Kiselyova is presented at an exhibition held at
the Marble Palace. O. Kiselyova who lives in St. Petersburg is the author of
several theoretical works dedicated to media culture. The video project
"It's a wrong city" invites you to a game in which you are offered to guess
the name of the city projected on the screen, followed by the name of the
place shown in the photo. Here the action reaches culmination, because as a
rule there is some trick played on the player, who gets, say, a Las-Vegas
picture disguised as Egypt, or has to teeter whether it is meant to be the
Parisian or the New-York Statue of Liberty. There are over 300 riddles of
this kind in the game, so the show promises to be exiting and intellectually
strenuous. By information deconstruction O. Kiselyova demonstrates basic
post-modernistic values: universal confusion and mockery, collation of any
material used to invent a story and then shed light on it. The author of the
game endeavors to create not only the hypertext but a hyperimage as well,
explaining that "everything taken for reality proves to be nothing else but
our concept of this reality, which also depends on the observer's viewpoint,
with the notion cardinally changing with a change of this viewpoint. In this
way human perception may be considered to be doomed to multi-perspectivism:
a permanent kaleidoscopic sequence of reality perspectives, which in their
flicker do not let us perceive their essence".

The Marble Palace
Addres: Saint-Peterburg, 5/1, Millionnaya Ulitsa
Direction: From either metro station Gostiny Dvor or Nevsky Prospect, take
any of the following: buses 25, 46, 134; trams 2, 12, 34, 32, 54
Phones: (812) 312-9196, 312-9054


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80th obits of A. Block and N. Gumilyov
An exhibition "80th obits of A. Block and N. Gumilyov " will be open at the
Memorial Houseroom of A. Block (a branch of the St. Petersburg History
Museum) from August 10 till September 30, 2001. This August we will mark the
80th anniversaries of the death of Alexander Block and Nikolai Gumilyov. The
exhibition covers the critical moment in the country's history, which
spearheaded the repressions against the Russian clerisy. Representatives of
two schools and literary adversaries, A. Block and N. Gumilyov died almost
at the same time. One of them deceased full of energy, at the peak of
activity, with his death getting a broad public response, while the other
left this world after a period of silence, with his death unnoticed by most
people. The exhibition presents depictive materials and different
publications of the 1920s, including programs and bills of that time. These
materials present the historic context and provide evidence of three major
events of 1921, which became cultural benchmarks for the country: an
anniversary of Pushkin's death marked in February, when many outstanding
figures (including A. Block and N. Gumilyov) gathered at the House of
Literary Workers and put their signatures under the resolution to celebrate
the Pushkin's memorial date, and the death of the two outstanding poets of
the early 20th century which came about in August.

A.Blok Apartment Museum
Addres: Saint-Peterburg, Dekabristov street,57
Phones: (812) 113-8627, 113-8633


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The museum of old-time railroad engineering has moved
A museum of old-time railroad engineering opened at the Warsaw railway
station on the day of the 150th anniversary of the Nikolaevskaya (presently
Oktyabrskaya) railroad. The exposition presents about 80 steam and diesel
locomotives and wagons. In addition one can see old-time wagons,
snow-ploughs, trolleys, signal posts, repair cranes, hydraulic pumps and
other railroad engineering facilities, located on the rails near the
station. All the exhibits have historical value. The total number of pieces
in the museum's collection exceeds 170, with the exhibits having been
gathered all over Russia and CIS over 10 years. From 1991 the Museum was
located at the Shushary station (not far from St. Petersburg), and by the
150th anniversary of the Moscow - St. Petersburg line it moved to the Warsaw
railway station in the northern capital.

Museum of Railway Technology
Addres: Saint-Peterburg, Guay by-pass channel, 118


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Crystal clinking over the Gus river
This is the name of the exhibition recently opened at the Museum of Crystal
named after the Maltsovs, located in Gus-Khrustalny. The exhibition is
dedicated to the 245th anniversary of the Gusevsky factory, the recognized
leader in the glass industry over the last two centuries. Old photos tracing
down the factory's history, interesting documents, including old price-lists
and glass melting recipes - all these items more than half a century old
comprise a unique collection of the Vladimir-Suzdal Museum and Conservation
Area. When looking at the delicate cut glass, it is difficult to believe
that all these items were made using primitive rough tools, such as tubes,
clips, scissors, wooden and metal moulds. All these tools are also displayed
at the exposition. And do you know how the pot used for glass melting looks
like? The factory turns out to have used a real giant weighing 300 kg!
Besides the exhibition presents over 300 other items made of crystal and
glass, with 200 of them being displayed for the first time.

The Vladimir-Suzdal Historical, Architectural and Art Museum Complex
Addres: Vladimir region, 43 Bolshaya Moskovskaya Ulitsa, Vladimir
Direction: From the train station or the central bus station, take the no 5
trolleybus to the stop 'Sobornaya Ploshad'
Phones: (80922) 32-2515, 32-4263
URL: www.museum.vladimir.ru
E-mail: Aksenova-museum@rnt.vladimir.su


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Exhibition "Looking for the time gone:"
In the framework of a scientific and practical conference "The Great Volga
Route" held in Kazan, the National Museum of the Republic of Tatarstan will
house an exhibition "Looking for the time gone...", dedicated to the 70th
anniversary of G.A. Fyodorov-Davydov (1931-2000), who was a scientist of
world reputation, an oustanding expert in archeology, history, Golden Horde
and medieval Eastern Europe numismatology. German A. Fyodorov-Davydov was
also an academic of the Moscow University, a corresponding member of the
German Archeology Society (1983), a Fellow of the Russian Academy of Natural
Sciences, a Lomonosov Prize Laureate (1998), a founder and manager of the
Povolzhie archeological expedition, the author of a great number of books
and articles. The exhibition presents the scientist's personal belongings,
archeological materials dating from to the Golden Horde period, which were
found in Povolzhie, Volzhskaya Bulgaria and Central Asia. A recently
attributed bronze matrix used for making of handles for gold bails is
displayed for the first time. The exposition also features a rich numismatic
collection, including some coins which have never been displayed before. The
exhibition is open from August 5 at the National Museum of the Republic of
Tatarstan.

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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Russian art of gold-embroidery
The Yaroslavl Historical and Architectural Museum and Preservation Area
houses an exhibition "Russian art of gold-embroidery". The visitors can see
gold-embroidered canonical dress, clothes, footware, ladies' hats, amenities
of the 17th-19th centuries, as well as modern items for various usage, made
by the "Torzhok gold-embroiderers" partnership. The admirers of this art can
also buy embroidered articles at the exhibition, including pictures, ladies'
bags, purses, spectacle-cases, jewel-cases, decorations, shawls, doilies,
with prices for these articles ranging from 100 to 100,000 Rubles.

Yaroslavl State Historical and Architectural Museum - Preserve
Addres: Yaroslavl region, 25 Bogoyavlenskaya sq.Yaroslavl, Russia
Phones: (0852) 30-4072, 30-3869
URL: www.cnit2.uniyar.ac.ru/yaros/wwk00003.htm
E-mail: mp@yarmp.yar.ru
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