RUSSIAN CULTURE NEWS
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Edition N 195                             October 23, 2001
Number of subscribers 1722                issued from October 1997
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1. Grisha Bruskin's Porcelain Project
2. Mutation Theory is 100 Years Old
3. Exhibition Devoted to Daghestan
4. An exhibition of N. Faustova and A. Makovnev in the "Photo Center"
5. An Image of the Earth from another point of view
6. Luis Bourgois in the Hermitage
7. Unfamiliar Kanova
8. The Bright Realm of Indian Puppets
9. Exhibition of Mikhail Shvarzman "Retrospective"
10. Exhibition of Works by P. Filonov, Master of Russian Avant-guard


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Grisha Bruskin's Porcelain Project
Department of Private Collections of the State Museum of Fine Arts by name
of A.S. Pushkin invites you to visit the exhibition "Life is Everywhere.
Grisha Bruskin's Porcelain Project". Grisha Bruskin (born in 1945) is a
well-known artist and sculptor. Until 1986 his works had got no popularity
with most of the public and his personal exhibitions had been banned by the
authorities many times. In 1989 Bruskin took part in the Moscow Sotby
Auction and his pictures were sold at the prices which were record for
modern Russian art. Works by this artist can be found today in the world's
greatest museums. At the exhibition you will see the "Museum Collection" of
the artist's porcelain sculptures. The exhibition will last up to November,
4, 2001.

Private Collections Museum
Addres: Moscow, 14, Volhonka str.
Direction: Metro Kropotkinskaya
Phones: (095) 203-9578, 203-1546


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Mutation Theory is 100 Years Old
State Darwin's Museum invites you to the exhibition "Avant-guard of the
Evolution" timed to the 100-th anniversary of the mutation theory. A
two-headed bull calf, a five-horned ram, an egg of an aepyornis (the biggest
non-flying bird which used to inhabit Madagascar until XV century), various
breeds of domestic animals cultivated by way of fixing special mutations
with representatives of various groups of animals are exhibited at the
exposition. The exhibition will last until November, 11, 2001.

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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Exhibition Devoted to Daghestan
The Central House of Artists, Permanent Representation of Daghestan Republic
with the President of Russian Federation and International Confederation of
Artists' Unions invite you to visit the exhibition of painting of Karakhan
Seferbekhov (Moscow). One of the brightest representatives of modern
expressionism, member of International Artists' Federation of UNESCO,
Karakhan Seferbekhov was born in Daghestan, at the shore of the Caspian sea.
He got his education in Moscow. His amazing efficiency has given the artist
the possibility to take part in many national and foreign exhibitions,
beginning from 1988. The artist's first personal exhibition was held in 1996
and the present exposition is his seventh one. The series of sea and
mountain landscapes presented here glorifying the beauty of that wonderful
land, the land with its own ancient culture, ethnology and historical
traditions and customs, is a kind of nostalgia and sign of the artist's love
for his Motherland. Karakhan Seferbekhov has been living and working in
Moscow for a long time, but he never forgets the warmth, the sunshine, the
grandeur of mountains and the brightness of colors of his native Daghestan
land. He transfers all these feelings to his canvases tenderly and
carefully, but at the same time with his "southern" temper. The exhibition
will be open until November, 4, 2001, in Hall 17.

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
E-mail: art@cha.ru


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An exhibition of N. Faustova and A. Makovnev in the "Photo Center"
Advertising Center "Ad Libitum" is presenting photo collections of Natalia
Faustova and Afanasy Makovnev. Natalia Faustova's photo works are a new way
of viewing habitual things, just a hint of sympathies and feelings,
unexpressed words and new stories, sometimes without an end, with a kind of
marks of omission which let the audience to find their own upshot. Seeing
her works without knowing the author's name one can unmistakably say that
they are purely woman's photos containing a refined philosophy and
laconicism adjoining symbolism. Afanasy Makovnev was born in Moscow where he
got technical and potogpraphy education. After his work in several cinema
expeditions of "Central Scientific Film" at Chukotka he stayed to live there
in a village of Syreniki, at the Pacific coast where hunting walruses and
whales is considered the most adequate occupation for a man. The main themes
of A. Makovnev's works are the nature and animals of Chukotka and Alaska.
The exhibition will work until October, 28.

Association "Photocentre"
Addres: Moscow, 8, Gogolevsky b.


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An Image of the Earth from another point of view
"Izvestia" Newspaper and "Russian Photo" Company within the boundaries of
the "Extreme-Photo" Project are presenting an exhibition of Dmitry Volgin
and his friends "View from the Skies. Day-dream Flights with Photos and
Comments". It is a unique chance to see in one and the same hall Florida and
the Gulf of Mexico, the Seven Miracles of the Moscow Region, family castles
of "new" and "old" Russians, the colony of people of Earth on an asteroid
from a fantastic film, ostriches walking along the snow path and wintering
steamers. An amazing world is the one we can see from the height. There are
people for whom such day-dream flights become an important part of their
lives, but even they do not always take notice of hidden signs of the world.
Rare individuals manage to see wonderful things which can be viewed only
from the skies, take photos and record them. Dmitry Volgin and his friends
are among such individuals. We shall see such an earth along which we are
walking for the first time. The exhibition is functioning in thee Oval Hall
of Media-center of "Izvestia", Tverskaya street, 18.


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Luis Bourgois in the Hermitage
An exhibition of a well-known American sculptor of XX century Luis Bourgois
was opened on October, 9, 2001, in the State Hermitage. It numbers 25
sculptures and over 200 drawings created by the author over a 60 years
period. It has been prepared by the State Hermitage in cooperation with
Julia Sylvester, Bermudas. The exhibition has been organized with the
support of American International Group (AIG), ACE Limited Company, the
Collection of Daros (Switzerland), Helmut Lang, The Starr Foundation, the
Foundation of The Trust for Mutual Understanding and Laurent Perrier
Company. Information support by magazine "Domovoy" (Goblin). On October, 11,
2001, an International Symposium devoted to Luis Bourgois's creative work
will be held in the Hermitage Theatre. After the end of the exhibition in
the Hermitage, it will be presented in the Arts Museum of Helsinki
(Finland), February and May of 2002, in the Culture House of Stockholm
(Sweden), June - August of 2002 and the National Museum of Modern Arts of
Oslo (Norway), September - December of 2002.

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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Unfamiliar Kanova
On September, 17, 2001, an exhibition was opened in the State Hermitage
which presents engravings and paintings by the great Italian master, the
most outstanding sculptor of neoclassicism Antonio Kanova (1757 - 1822). The
exposition has been arranged by the State Hermitage in cooperation with the
City Museum Bassano del Grappa and Foundation of Kanova in Possanio (Italy).
The exhibition is unique, because the Hermitage which owns the largest
collection of Antonio Kanova's marble statues in the world has got none of
his engravings or paintings. 102 exhibits are being demonstrated at the
exhibition, they come from the City Museum Bassano del Grappa (Bassano,
Italy) and Plaster Collection of the city of Possanio (the sculptor's
Motherland). They are drawings and paintings on canvas made by oil and
tempera. The importance of this graphic heritage nothing like which has been
left by any sculptor in the world was realized only recently. The artist
himself had attached the greatest significance to his drawings establishing
an equality between the pencil and the chisel calling both "instruments
leading to immortality". The exhibition will last until January, 7, 2002.

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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The Bright Realm of Indian Puppets
An exhibition of Indian Puppets is functioning at the Museum of Anthropology
and Ethnography by name of Peter the Great of the Russian Academy of
Sciences (former Kunztcamera). It has been presented by Consulate General of
the Indian Republic in St-Petersburg. The bright realm of the great India
will appear before the spectators in form of 52 puppets dressed in
traditional clothes characteristic of various peoples of the country
(practically all the states of India) for everyday life and holidays. The
puppets will show one the many-sided population of India which has exceeded
its milliard's mark. Puppets in men's and women's suits which different
peoples in various regions of the country ware will be presented here.
Particular attention will be certainly drawn to the wedding clothes with the
addition of specific ornaments. A special group of puppets will demonstrate
the classic Indian dance and its main styles and also the heroes of the
Indian theatre. The exhibition will last up to November, 12.

The Museum of Antropology and Ethnography named after Peter the Great
(Kunstkamera)
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
E-mail: org@ethn.mae.spb.su, info@kunstkamera.lanck.ru


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Exhibition of Mikhail Shvarzman "Retrospective"
From October, 11, up to November, 5, 2001, the Exhibition of Mikhail
Shvarzman "Retrospective" is open in the Marble Palace. Mikhail Matveevich
Shvarzman (1926 - 1997) was born in Moscow, in a family op a "nepman". The
epoch of NEP (New Economic Policy) had a tragic end and M. Shvarzman's
family had to hide themselves constantly from the persecution of the
authorities. Pictures by M. Shvarzman are just like a prayer embodied in
color and form, a "mute psalm" never needing any verbal accompaniment. M.
Shvarzman had exposed his works very seldom. The present exhibition for the
first time in St-Petersburg is giving one a chance to see the artist's
creative work. 60 paintings, 30 engravings and documental photos are
presented at the exhibition.

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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Exhibition of Works by P. Filonov, Master of Russian Avant-guard
An exhibition of works by Pavel Filonov, famous master of Russian
avant-guard, has started in the Stroganov Palace on October, 3, 2001. Pavel
Filonov (1882 - 1941), painter, engraver and theatrical artist, started
taking part in collective exhibitions since '1910s. During the first ten
years of his activities he created a series of paintings and engravings
under the common name "Entering the World's Prosperity". He presented the
plastic embodiment of his ideas generally in form of figurative painting. P.
Filonov died in the period of Leningrad blockade, on December, 3, 1941. The
artist's heritage has been preserved by E. Glebova, his sister. In 1977 she
donated P. Filonov's works to the State Russian Museum. Such widely
acknowledged masterpieces as "Dairy Maid" (1914), "Flowers of World's
Prosperity" (1915) and "Petrograd Proletarians' Formula" (early 1920s) are
presented at the exhibition.

Stroganov Palace
Addres: Saint-Peterburg, 17, Nevskiy avenue
Phones: (812) 311-8238
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