RUSSIAN CULTURE NEWS
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Edition N 197                                          November 20, 2001
Number of subscribers 1702                   issued from October 1997.
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1. Exhibition "Marina Mikhailovna's Golden Pursuit"
2. Precious Furniture of Modern Times
3. An exhibition of Decorative Metalwork in Tsaritsino
4. "The Highest Measure" in Works of Art
5. Sergey Poliakov's Exhibition in Malaya Ordinka Street
6. Siberian Moods in Photos
7. Works by N. Vechtomov Exhibited
8. The World Premiere of the "Russian Ballet"
9. The exhibition "Black box recorder" in St-Petersburg
10. An Exhibition of a Poet and Artist-actionist
11. The Master of Leningrad Artistic "Cellar"
12. Treasures Saved


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Exhibition "Marina Mikhailovna's Golden Pursuit"
State Historical museum invites you to the exhibition "Marina Mikhailovna's
Golden Pursuit". The exhibition is opening a series of expositions
demonstrating the audience the depository departments of the museum and
presenting the department of precious metals which includes over 30 hundred
memorials of jeweller's art of XI - XX centuries. The exposition is devoted
the 100-th birthday anniversary of the greatest researcher of Russian
jeweller's art, Marina Mikhailovna Postnikova-Loseva (1901 - 1085), Doctor
of Art who had worked at the Historical Museum the longest part of her life.
She is considered to be the founder of the research school of hall-marks
upon Russian jeweller objects of XVII - XX centuries. The exhibition
reproduces in miniature the depository itself, that is the special pantry
containing over 100 memorials of Russian jeweller's art of XVI - XX
centuries and also original manuscripts and M.M. Postnikova-Loseva's photos.
Among the exhibits one will see a unique children's drinking vessel of Peter
the Great's son, prince Alexey, and niello saint water-cup of late XVII
century made by the masters of the Armory Chamber. Both objects had been
purchased for the museum by Postnikova-Loseva at the Sotheby Auction. The
visitors will also see a silver chalice and paten, V.V. Golitsin's gift on
the occasion of concluding Eternal peace treaty with Poland in 1686,
coronation carved glass of silver and gilding which had belonged to
Alexander III and other unique memorials. The exhibition will last until
January, 21, 2002.

The State Historical Museum
Addres: Moscow, 1/2, Red Square
Direction: metro stations 'Okhotny Ryad', 'Teatralnaya', 'Ploshchad
Revolutsii'
Phones: (095) 292-4019, 292-3731
URL: http://www.shm.ru
E-mail: shm@shm.ru


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Precious Furniture of Modern Times
An exhibition "Precious Furniture: Past and Present" is going on at the
All-Russian Museum of Decorative and Folk Art. Unique precious pieces of
furniture and interior from the depositories of the All-Russian Museum of
Decorative and Folk Art and State Historical museum, exclusive samples of
furniture of "ColomboStyle" company and also marvelous specimens of textile
from the palaces of Russian emperors and aristocracy recreated in the "Old
Textile" Workshop in the entire accordance with the surviving museum
exhibits are presented at the exhibition. In this way, the exhibition by
combining ancient and modern pieces of interior by means of the present
exposition will demonstrate the development of "neohistorical" style of
which in modern decorative art using customary and recognizable historic
styles, traditional and functional forms of things recreated in context of
art aesthetics of late XX - early XXI centuries is characteristic.

All-Russian Museum of Decorative, Applied and Folk Arts
Addres: Moscow, Delegatskaja street, 3
Phones: (095) 921-0139, 923-7725, 923-1741
E-mail: d_museum@online.ptt.ru


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An exhibition of Decorative Metalwork in Tsaritsino
State Historical and Architectural, Art and Landscape Museum Reserve
"Tsaritsino" is offering you a new project "Decorative Metalwork of Russia
and Estonia. 1960 - 1980s, period of Rapprochement". This project opens
jewellery seasons in the Museum. Author's jeweller's art of the two
republics of the former Soviet Union is being shown in comparison of the
peculiarities and originalities of Russian and Estonian national art
schools. Regular contacts, cooperative work in creative groups, carrying out
the same tasks of the Ministry of culture and Artists' Union of the USSR
have served as a real basis of rapprochement of creative processes and
mutual understanding. A realized joint project - served holiday table - has
become an original adornment of the exhibition. Jewellery decorations, small
plastics and other objects are presenting individual styles of Russian
(Moscow and Leningrad) and Estonian national art school as well, the richest
palette of techniques and materials (beginning with traditional bronze
casting and enamel painting up to mosaic and filigree). You will be able to
visit the exhibition until March, 3, 2002.

The State Museum Estate "Tsaritsyno"
Addres: Moscow, 1, Dolskaya Ulitsa, Tsaritsino
Direction: Metro Stations: Tsaritsino, Orekhovo
Phones: (095) 321-0743, 325-4544
URL: www.gif.ru/museum/index.html


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"The Highest Measure" in Works of Art
Museum and Social Center by name of Andrey Sakharov with the financial
support of Andrey Sakharov's Foundation (the USA) is presenting an
exhibition project by Simeon Agroskin "The Highest Measure". On November, 15
the opening-day of the exhibition "The Highest Measure" was held in the
Museum and Social Center by name of Andrey Sakharov. It is already the third
project within the bounds of the competition of exhibition projects "2001.
Anxiety and Hope" held by the Museum. The theme of the exhibition is the
death penalty. Documental materials, quotations from criminal cases are
telling the history of death penalty in Russia in persons and destinies. The
idea of the exhibition has been realized in form of installation involving
the visitor with the process of the author's research of the problem of
death penalty. According to the author's words, "the existence of death
penalty is an eternal unsettled question". The exhibition will last until
December, 20, 2001.

Museum and Public Centre " Peace, Progress and Peoples Rights" named after
Andrey Saharov
Addres: Moscow, 57, Zemlyanoy val
Phones: (095) 917-2653, 923-4401, 923-4420
URL: www.infoline.ru/g23/1780/
E-mail: sakharov.mus@g23.relcom.ru


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Sergey Poliakov's Exhibition in Malaya Ordinka Street
The Theatrical Gallery in Malaya Ordinka Street invites you to visit Sergey
Poliakov's personal exhibition "Russian Painting" till December, 3. Author
of many personal exhibitions and participant of international ones in
Russia, member of International Artists' Federation of UNESCO, Sergey
Michailivich Poliakov graduated from the Moscow Art Institute by name of
V.I. Surikov (Ilja Glasunov's Workshop, 1987). Sergey Poliakov's new
exhibition in the Theatrical Gallery in Malaya Ordinka Street which has
combined all the periods of the artist's creative work demonstrates to the
audience that the old European academic style has not turned out to be too
viable at Russian "free breads" ignoring all kinds of hierarchies. Here S.
Poliakov's creative work will first appear as a many-sided and conscious
author's essay.

Theatrical gallery on Malaya Ordynka
Phones: 951-1140, 953-1245


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Siberian Moods in Photos
A photo exhibition of Arkady Elfimov called "Siberian Moods" is working in
the "Photo Center" in Gogolevsly boulevard. Arkady Grigorievich Elfimov was
born in 1950 in Tjumen, but already for a quarter of a century he has been
living and working in Tobolsk, ancient capital of Siberia. For the last
three years photos by Arkady Elfimov have been demonstrated in his personal
exhibitions in Tobolsk, Tjumen, Surgut and used in printed issues. Local
mass media have time and again remarked on Arkady Elfimov's high skills in
photography. His photo preferences are unique beauties of his home town's
landscape, lyrical city landscapes of Tobolsk, photos of its people. Neither
self-assured professionals, nor amateurs can remain indifferent about his
works. Photo exhibition in Gogolevsly boulevard will present about 100 works
which will help some people to get to know Tobolsk closer and to the others
even to discover that far bewitching city "on the spin of a fairy tales'
whale", that is on the bank of the epic Irtish river.

Association "Photocentre"
Addres: Moscow, 8, Gogolevsky b.
Phones: (095) 290-6996, 291-8602
E-mail: fotoexpo@mtu-net.ru


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Works by N. Vechtomov Exhibited
"Fine Arts Gallery" has the honour to invite you to Nickolay Vechtomov's
exhibition "Black Wave" where you will get acquainted with painting on
paper. The exhibition will last until January, 7, 2002. Nickolay Vechtomov
is an artist, most well-known patriarchy of Soviet non-conformism, an alive
classic whom we can see and talk to. A lover of traveling and working in the
open air, Nickolay Vechtomov has nevertheless given up depicting the
visible, empiric world. His aspiration for expressing invisible, sensibly
felt, has brought the artist to objectless plastic. Space, time and movement
are N. Vechtomov's objects which he depicts through plastic and geometrical
forms in the illuminated space of the picture. The artist's works cause the
feeling of the magic and become associated with fantastic landscapes - those
of the Moon and other planets. His cosmic landscape motives are conditioned
by very real and terrestrial artist's emotions. The present exhibition is
especially interesting for the lovers of modern art as it demonstrates the
master's works of the latest years.

Fine art gallery
Phones: 251-76-49
E-mail: fineart@cityline.ru


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The World Premiere of the "Russian Ballet"
On November, 20 and 21, 2001, the stars of Maryinsky Theatre will be
presenting the ballet "Cinderella" by S.S. Prokhofiev staged by Viacheslav
Gordeev at the stage of the Maly Theatre in Moscow. The end of November this
year will become an important period for the theatrical Moscow. After long
years of silence the wonderful ballet-tale "Cinderella" (music by S.S.
Prokhofiev, subject by Charles Perro, the famous trendsetter of literary and
society writing style) will return to the capital's stage. "Cinderella" by
Sergey Prokhofiev was first staged in November 1945 at the Bolsoi Theatre.
It had been staged by R.V. Zakharov and the main part was played by
legendary ballet dancers Olga Lepeshinskaya and Galina Ulanova. The new
version of the famous ballet which the audience will see in November again,
this time 2001, the libretto and choreography of which have been prepared by
a leading actor and producer, an outstanding choreographer, People's Actor
of the USSR Viacheslav Gordeev. Everything will be present in the
"Cinderella": the plot of a tale, the crystal little shoe, envious
step-mother and her daughters, the kind enchantress, and certainly the
"unusual strength of usual love" embodied by the lovely and tender
Cinderella and the sincere and noble Prince. Viacheslav Gordeev's
performance is also unique from the point of view of the choice of actors.
The main parts at the premiere will be played by young, but already
well-known dancers, soloists of Maryinsky Theatre Maija Dumchenko and Eugeny
Ivanchenko. For more information call to: 961-1123, 961-1124, fax: 254-8302.


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The exhibition "Black box recorder" in St-Petersburg
State Museum of History of St-Petersburg is presenting the exhibition "Black
Box Recorder". The name of the exhibition points to its main conceptual
parallel: aviation box recorder passionlessly registering every moment of
reality without dividing it into an important and an accessory parts, and
the "black box", that is the TV-set standing in the corners of our rooms.
One can say that the exhibition is a problem of the role of video images in
today's culture; at the same time it is offering a variety of ways of
settling this problem, its contents and style as well.

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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An Exhibition of a Poet and Artist-actionist
On November, 12, 2001 an exhibition of Dmitry Prigov, "Malevisc", was opened
in the Marble Palace. Dmitry Alexandrovich Prigov (born in 1940) is known as
a poet and artist-actionist. Among his books of poetry are: "Tears of
Heraldic Soul" (1990), "Fifty Small Drops of Blood" (1993), "Appearance of
the Poem After its Death" (1995). Dmitry Prigov is combining his poetic
activities with the work of a sculptor, he is member of the Artists' Union
of the USSR and his works have been exhibited abroad since 1980. In 1993 he
was awarded Pushkin's Reward of the Foundation of Alfred Tepfer together
with T. Kibirov. Prigov's texts ore presented at the exhibition together
with "Malevisc" installation.

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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The Master of Leningrad Artistic "Cellar"
Cultural Center "Pushkin street, 10" and the Museum of Non-conformist art
invite you to the exhibition of paintings by Vladimir Mikhailov (1939 -
1991). Vladimir Mikhailov was born in Leningrad in 1939. He graduated from
the Theatrical and Producing Faculty of the Leningrad Theatrical Institute
were he was a student of a well-known producer and artist Nickolay Akimov in
1963. In 1972 he started painting seriously. Soon after that Mikhailov got
acquainted with the Leningrad artistic Underground. He took part in epochal
exhibitions of non-official are in Leningrad, in "Gaza" House of Culture in
1974 and "Nevsky" House of Culture in 1975. Those were exhibitions where the
Leningrad artistic "cellar" first declared itself as an independent
aesthetic and social phenomena. Mikhailov's creative work had been
influenced by western and eastern philosophies and religious art. He called
his individual style a "metaphorical symbolism". The exhibition is working
in the Museum's wing, second floor, and will last till December, 2.

The Non-conformist Art Museum
Addres: Saint-Peterburg, Pushkinskaya str.,10
Phones: (812) 164-5258
URL: http://www.nonmuseum.ru
E-mail: info@nonmuseum.ru


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Treasures Saved
The exhibition "Treasures Saved" has been opened in the Museum of the
Academy of Arts (St-Petersburg). 14 canvases of XIX century stolen from the
Museum in December, 1999 are presented in the exposition. About two years
the restorers had been reconstructing the works of art which became a victim
of barbarism of the robbers. Masterpieces of such outstanding Russian
painters as Repin and Shishkin have been brought back to life. Besides them,
portraits by Varnek, Tropinin and Kramskoy are being demonstrated at the
exhibition. The visitors will also be able to see photo materials
illustrating the main stages of the restoration. The exhibition will last
until November, 25.
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