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Edition N 194                                         October 26, 2001
Number of subscribers 1725                issued from October 1997


1. XX century in Russian Cartography
2. "Alive Engine Machine" or "Bicycle Stories"
3. News of the Festival ARTFOR-FOCOM 2001
4. Exhibition from the Collection of Kaluga Museum of Local Lore
5. Eugenia Gatilova's Porcelain Plastic Art
6. Harmonic Unity of the two Realms
7. Exhibition "The Russians in Helsinki"
8. Semion Faibisovich - "My Windows"
9. Masterpieces of the World's Museums in the Hermitage. Jan Vermeer
10. Kazakh "saukele" in Kunstcamera
11. A Jubilee Exhibition of 125th Anniversary of Finnish Design

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XX century in Russian Cartography
State Historical Museum invites you to the exhibition "History and Map:
Three Centuries of Russian Cartography. XX Century." State Historical
Museum, owner of one of the largest map collections in Russia, is going on
with its series of expositions devoted to foundation and development of
national cartography of XVIII, XIX and XX centuries. The exhibition
demonstrates the development of Russian cartography in XX century. It is
timed to the Second All-Russian Cartography Conference "Cartography of XXI
century: theory, methods and practice". The visitors will see maps connected
with most important historical events of that period. Of special interest
are: the map of the European part of Russia according the Brest Treaty (the
first map of Soviet Russia), the map of South-Western railways with the
route of the Tsar's train of September 2 - 3, 1911 (a peculiar relic
connected with the murder of P.A. Stolipin, Chairman of Cabinet of
Ministers), a globe of the Moon with S.P. Koroliov's autograph. Within the
bounds of the exhibition the presentation of the first electronic map of
Moscow of the third millennium which has become part of the collection of
State Historical Museum is being held. The exhibition will last until
December, 3, 2001.

The State Historical Museum
Addres: Moscow, 1/2, Red Square
Direction: metro stations 'Okhotny Ryad', 'Teatralnaya', 'Ploshchad
Phones: (095) 292-4019, 292-3731

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"Alive Engine Machine" or "Bicycle Stories"
A new continuous exposition called "Alive Engine Machine" or "Bicycle
Stories" which tells the history of the bicycle has been opened in the
Polytechnical Museum. Old bicycles, photos, documents and drawings give one
a course not only to come to know the history of the machine's construction,
but also to think of the role of "alive engine machine" in the lives of
people of different generations. Art design of the exposition which differs
from the traditional way of exposing machinery in dull rows giving an
impression of "museum static" is interesting and unusual. The artists have
managed to find a bright and dynamic image that helps the audience to get an
impression not only of the development and technical evolution of the
bicycle, but also of the way of its functioning in space and society. The
exposition has been placed in the Automobile section of Polytechnical Museum
(entrance door No 1).

The State Polytechnical Museum
Addres: Moscow, 3/4 Novaya Ploshad, entrance no 1
Direction: Metro stations: Lybyanka, Kitai-gorod
Phones: (095) 923-0756, 923-4287

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News of the Festival ARTFOR-FOCOM 2001
An annual festival of computer graphics, modern art forms and new
technologies in art is being held in Internet ( and in real
space, too. In 2001 the exhibition festival program ARTFOR-FOCOM SUMMER 2001
was opened with a series of exhibitions in the Moscow State University of
Culture and Arts. According to tradition, the festival will be presented at
the International Forum "Electronic Imaging & the Visual Arts 2001" in the
Tretyakov Art Gallery, December, 3 - 8, 2001. This year the festival will be
ended with an exhibition project which will be presented on December, 18 -
30 in the Municipal exhibition hall "Gallery A-3". Works by Russian and
foreign artists who are developing Russian and world's avant-guard in art
will be presented within the bounds of the project. We invite young and
talented artists, photographers, designers, computer technology and fine
arts specialists who are starting their career at the top of modern art to
take part in the exhibition project in the Municipal exhibition hall
"Gallery A-3".A booklet and a placard will be issued for the exhibition and
the participants' works will be placed on the web-site of the festival and
also included into the album ARTFOR-FOCOM. Since September, 10 up to
November, 30, 2001 the curators of the festival will be selecting the
exhibits. The curators will be grateful to specialists in the spheres of
art, philosophy and culture for their articles on the topic if the
exhibition project. One can find a more detailed information on the
festival's official web-site Applications
for taking part in the exhibition project including information about the
author, copies of works (photo, mail, floppy disk, CD-rom, video) should be
sent to the address: 113184 Moscow, Klimentovsky alleyway, 6-30 or by
e-mail: The names of the curators are Vladimir and Maya Opara,
secretary-referent Olga.

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Exhibition from the Collection of Kaluga Museum of Local Lore
State Museum by name of A.S.Pushkin invites you to the opening-day of the
exhibition "From the Collection of Kaluga State Joint Museum of Local Lore"
of the series "Museum inside Museum" which will be held on October, 10, at 4
o'clock in the afternoon. Kaluga Governor's Museum of Local Lore was founded
in 1897 at the order of His Majesty Emperor. Today the Museum owns the
richest collections of books, engravings, West-European arms and portraits
from Prince Gorchakovs' estates in the village of Bariatino, Tarussa
district, the Goncharovs' Linen Factory, Duke Delianovs in Zhelezniaky near
Kaluga, from the house of N.I. Bulichov in Kaluga and many others. It was
there that in the Soviet period objects of decorative art, furniture and
paintings from merchants' estates, churches and monasteries of Kaluga
district were brought. Portraits of Kaluga's merchants-patrons of art,
portraits of nobility from the estates of the Gorchakovs, the Kashkins, the
Delianov-Lazarevs, among them two portraits by K.B. Bardu and part of the
collections from Prince Gorchakovs' Bariatino estate (arms, books,
engravings) will be brought from Kaluga to the Pushkin Museum. Time and
again have the Merchants and factory owners from Kaluga received awards at
Russian and international exhibitions. Some of them will take part in the
Moscow exhibitions. In addition to portraits, books and engravings, one will
be able to see peasants' festive clothes ornamented in the technique
"colored twisted thread" which is typical of Kaluga district, town clothes
and objects of the peasants' and townsmen' everyday life at the exhibition.
One will also see water-colors by a famous scientist A.L. Tchizhevsky,
lifetime editions of his poems and instruments invented by him. You will be
able to visit the exhibition beginning from October, 10, up to November, 10,

The Pushkin Memorial Museum
Addres: Moscow, 12/2, Prechistenka Ulitsa
Direction: From metro station Kropotinskaya (the Ostozhenka Ulitsa exit),
take trolleybus 5,15,16 or 31
Phones: (095) 201-3256

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Eugenia Gatilova's Porcelain Plastic Art
An exhibition of a wonderful porcelain sculptor Eugenia Iljinichna Gatilova
is going on in the exhibition halls of the Russian Museum of Decorative and
Folk Arts and will last up to November, 4. Eugenia Gatilova's creative work
is essentially connected with Duliov Porcelain Factory which has once been
popular, and she has worked there for over 35 years. Gatilova can be without
doubt called a classic of our country's porcelain sculpture and her name can
be put among such outstanding masters as Alexey Sotnikhov, Sergey Orlov,
Pavel Kozhin, Asta Brzhezitsaya and Nina Bogdanova. Unfortunately, the
traditions of Russian porcelain sculpture numbering nearly three centuries
have nowadays been practically lost and Eugenia Iljinichna Gatilova is
probably one of the "Last Mohicans" holding this amazing art in her small
arms. Some tens of drawings made by pencil, Indian ink and sanguine are
presented in the exposition. Eugenia Gatilova's sculptures are
all-sufficient thanks to their plastic characteristics. That is the reason
why the natural white color of porcelain is preserved in her works and the
"short-spoken" mural based upon combining of two or three colors which
emphasizes the perfection of the sculpture mode. This deliberate limitation
in using color is to full extent filled up in bright, rich and full of
warmth and sunshine water-colors of this artist. Most manifold bunches of
garden and field flowers, pictures of still life and lyric landscapes add to
the exposition and demonstrate one more sphere of Eugenia Gatilova's
creative work.

All-Russian Museum of Decorative, Applied and Folk Arts
Addres: Moscow, Delegatskaja street, 3
Phones: (095) 921-0139, 923-7725, 923-1741

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Harmonic Unity of the two Realms
The Ministry of Culture of Russian Federation and the State Central Museum
of Russian Modern History wish to draw your attention to the exhibition
called "Retrospectives" of Yuri Diakonov and Susanna Diakonova-Fransis. For
Yuri Diakonov, a well-known Moscow artist, member of IFA (International
Federation of Artists, UNESCO), it is a jubilee exhibition: he will be fifty
on October, 4. He is presenting a retrospective survey of his many-sided
creative activities beginning from the early '80s including easel and
monumental painting, engraving, illustration and theatrical works. Susanna
Diakonova-Fransis lives in Moscow. She is an acknowledged artist,
participant of group and personal exhibitions in various countries, member
of IFA. Susanna works in all the spheres of painting and engraving. Unique
combining of oriental decorative style, rich color spectrum, ornamental
spacing with high culture of European realistic drawing is the original
feature of her creative work. The exhibition will last until October, 30.

State Museum of Contemporary Russian History
Addres: Moscow, 21, Tverskaya Street
Direction: Metro Stations: Pushkinskaya, Tverskaya, Chekhovskaya
Phones: (095) 299-5458, 299-6724

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Exhibition "The Russians in Helsinki"
The "Kuzminky" Russian Museum of country estate culture invites you to visit
the exhibition "The Russians in Helsinki" organized by the Helsinki City
Museum and the Museum of History of Moscow City. At the exhibition you will
see photos and pictures, everyday life belongings and documents, archival
materials and works of art, you will get to know the history of mutual
influence of the Russians and people of Helsinki. The influence of the
Russians upon that city became quite evident still in the beginning of XVIII
century. However, it became stronger in the epoch of the reign of Alexander
the First. At his order the city entirely changed its architectural
appearance. A number of engravings of the publisher Tengstrem Frederic
demonstrate the sights of Helsinki. A lot of Russian traditions are alive in
Helsinki up to now. For instance, many Finns prefer to drink tea from a
samovar with spice-cake and various baking. It was thanks to Russian
merchants that ice-cream and tobacco became customary, and there are photos
at the exhibition which confirm that. The central space of the exhibition
has been given to items connected with well-known in Helsinki Russian
manufacturers, for example, the production of Sinebrukhov's brewery and
Kiselev's sugar factory.

The country estate "Kuzminki"
Addres: Moscow, 6, Topolevaya alley
Phones: 377-9457

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Semion Faibisovich - "My Windows"
Within the bounds of the project called "24" an exhibition of Semion
Faibisovich has been opened in Moscow Photography House. The photo program
"24" is Yuri Avvakumov's curatorial project. It is a simple model of a
progressive museum with constantly rotated expositions and being regularly
formed museum stocks. "24" is an exhibition composed of 24 photos by the
modern photographer, architect and artist, devoted to architecture and the
art of town planning. Semion Faibisovich (born 1949) is an artist. In 1972
he graduated from the Moscow Institute of Architecture. Until 1988 he had
worked in planning institutions combining his work with engraving and then
painting (the end of '70s). Since 1976 he started exhibiting his works in
the vaults of Malaya Gruzinskaya street where in the autumn of 1985 they
were noticed by dealers and collectors from New York. Since 1987 his
pictures were broadly exhibited in the USA, then in Western Europe and
Russia. One can find his works in the collections of museums of Germany, the
USA, Canada, Poland, Hungary and Russia; also in prestigious private
collections in the USA, Canada, Germany, Switzerland, France, Italy and
Russia. In 1995 the artist stopped painting. Now he is working in the
spheres of installation, authors' photography and video art. At the end of
'80s he began writing prose. He lives and works in Moscow.

Moscow House of Photography
Addres: Moscow, 16, Ostozhenka
Phones: (095) 202-7612

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Masterpieces of the World's Museums in the Hermitage. Jan Vermeer
An exhibition of the series "Masterpieces of the World's Museums in the
Hermitage. Jan Vermeer. "A Lady in Blue Reading a Letter " started on
September, 25 and will last until December, 16, 2001, in the hall No 253 of
the New Hermitage. The picture comes from the collection of Rijkchsmuseum,
Amsterdam. On September, 25, 2001, the opening-day of the exhibition of the
series "Masterpieces of the World's Museums in the Hermitage was held,
organized according to an agreement of exchanging works of art between
Rijkchsmuseum (Amsterdam, Netherlands) and the State Hermitage. The famous
work by the Dutch artist Jan Vermeer "A Lady in Blue Reading a Letter "
(1662 - 1664) is a sample of the popular in XVII century genre of a
"picture-rebus" where the love letter plays the role of entanglement of the
story line and the geographical map of Holland becomes the key for decoding
the scene. Vermeer created a lot of "love-letter pictures" and his main idea
had been the harmony and unity of the loving hearts. The map of the Southern
Holland district where the artist had worked throughout all his life
symbolized the terms "Motherland" and "Fatherland" for him. He seems to
remind all simple Dutch people of their civic duty - to maintain the
independence of the country which had been won at the cost of a hard
struggle during 80 years.

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

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Kazakh "saukele" in Kunstcamera
The Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography by name of Peter the Great of the
Russian Academy of Sciences (former Kunstcamera) is continuing its
exhibition series "The Realm of the Only Object" and is presenting the
saukele, a woman's wedding head-dress. Saukeles were made of expensive
textiles and felt and ornamented with golden embroidery, with strings of
pearls, corals and silver globules which had got a special idea, most of all
it was defense. Archeological discoveries prove that the prototype of
saukeles had been high head-dresses of sakhs (tribes who used to live at the
territories of Central Asia and Kazakhstan in V - III centuries before
Christ). Saukeles were made by most skillful masters, the work used to last
about a year and its cost was very high, sometimes their price was equal to
the one of 100 good fast horses. The unique exhibit will be available for
three months.

The Museum of Antropology and Ethnography named after Peter the Great
Addres: Saint-Peterburg, 3, Universitetskaya Naberezhnaya
Direction: Metro Station: Vasileostrovskaya; bus no.10, tram no. 31,
trolleybus 1,7,9 or 10
Phones: (812) 328-1412

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A Jubilee Exhibition of 125th Anniversary of Finnish Design
The State Museum of History of St-Petersburg is presenting a Jubilee
Exhibition of Art and Industry Society of Finland (1875 - 2000) devoted to
the 125th Anniversary of Finnish Design. The exhibition offers a
retrospective view upon Finland's achievements in the sphere of design.
Objects demonstrating the development of Finnish design are represented at
the jubilee exhibition. During the period of 125 years Finnish design has
brought a lot of successful inventions into people's everyday life. Some of
these works have passed ahead of the epoch and a lot of them, have gained
world-wide acknowledgment. Young designers are demonstrating their works of
several past years which have already become well-known. In the spring of
2000 the jubilee exhibition was demonstrated at the Design Forum in
Helsinki, then in Budapest and Berlin. The exhibition is functioning in
Nevskaya Curtain of Petropavlov Fortress.

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

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