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The Second Moscow International Festival of Visual Anthropology
The Second Moscow International Festival of Visual Anthropology and conference entitled "Tradition and Lens: In Search of Wholeness" will take place at Lomonsov Moscow State University on 24-28 May, 2004.

The founders of the festival are the Russian Association of Visual Anthropology, Lomonosov Moscow State University, The Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology of the Russian Academy of Sciences, and the National Association of Audiovisual Archives. The following organizations are participating in the organization of the festival: The Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, The Russian Institute of Culturology, the Ligachecv Russian Institute of Cultural Heritage, the Institute of Man of the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Museum of Film, The Confederation of Cinematographers' Unions of the Commonwealth of Independent States, the National Association of Television and Radio Broadcasters (NAT), The Institute of Cultural Politics, the French Embassy in Moscow, the French-Russian Center for Social and Humanistic Sciences, the French Cultural Center, and the Goete Institute.

The festival will take place at Lomonosov Moscow State University on the eve of its 250th anniversary. This places on participants the crucial problem of defining the place of visual anthropology in the sphere of science and art, means of mass communication and new informational technologies, and education and sociocultural practice.

The main informational display will take place through the discussion of films from the position of various scientific disciplines, surveys, and a competition of audience sympathy. The conference will include discussions of problems of the preservation of cultural heritage and the philosophical-anthropological, psychological-pedagogical, artistic, and informational-technological aspects of visual anthropology. A competition of debuts will allow the equal competition of professional researchers and university students. In the conference hall there will be exhibits of photographs and modern information technology.

In separate rooms there will be thematic exhibits and seminars oriented toward grade-school education, television, and representatives of visual anthropology schools from separate countries. Archival films will be shown, as well as works dedicated to northern peoples, countries of the Muslim world, the Caucasus, and others. Special interest should be drawn by the best films of recent years, as recognized by well-known international festivals.

The organizing committee invites all interested people and organizations to take part in the Second Moscow International Festival of Visual Anthropology and provide organizational, technical, informational, and financial help in its preparation and staging.

The goal of the festival is to show how, with the aid of modern informational technology, a person can not only convey the sense of value, beauty, and diversity of cultures of the world, but also bring out deep commonality, giving hope for the mutual understanding and interaction of separate worlds.

The following are invited to participate:

1) Filmmakers oriented toward research on and artistic representation of the traditional cultures of the peoples of the world. The length of films should not exceed 90 minutes. For the Debut Competition, films should not exceed 30 minutes.

2) Specialists in research on problems of visual anthropology, its possibilities and manifestations in the spheres of science, education, art, information technology, and means of mass communication. For selection send in Russian and/or English a text of up to 2 pages, a short abstract or annotation of up to 10 lines and a note in electronic form.

Films and materials of a propogandistic or advertising nature, insulting the worth of and sowing animosity among peoples, will not be accepted.

Requests and films will be accepted until February 1, 2004.

Cassettes cannot be returned. Selected work (with the agreement of the author) will become part of the video library of the organizing committee with the goal of noncommercial use for research and educational purposes.

Send films to the following address: Litvina Natalia Viktorovna, 127576, Moscow, Tcherepovetskaya 4-2-58, Russia

Contacts: Tel/Fax (+095) 939-4441, e-mail: Eale@yandex.ru , mifva@mail.ru

http://www.cnit.msu.ru/visan/mifva.htm





Marc Chagall. Iconographic scenes.
State Museum of Contemporary Russian History

29 January - 14 March, State Museum of Contemporary Russian History

State Museum of Contemporary Russian History invites you to visit an exhibition "Marc Chagall. Iconographic scenes" (from the collection Kunstgallerien Bottingerhous, Bamberg, German). This exhibition represents the illustrations for the Bible by this great artist of the XX century.

State Museum of Contemporary Russian History
Moscow 21, Tverskaya Street
(095) 299-0974; 299-6724; 299-9912
9055.g23@g23.relcom.ru, sovrhistory@mtu-net.ru
"Far from socialist realism" by B. Smirnov-Rusetskiy
13 January - 15 February, Museum and Public Centre "Peace, Progress, and Peoples Rights" named after Andrey Saharov

Museum and Public Centre "Peace, Progress, and Peoples Rights" named after Andrey Saharov represent an exhibition of B. Smirnov-Rusetskiy (1905 - 1993)

He is a painter and printmaker.

Vladimir Soskiev's sculpture.
27 January - 22 February, The Exibition Hall of the Russian Academy of Arts (Moscow)

There was opened an exhibition of the famous Moscow sculptor, corresponding member of the Russian Academy of Arts Vladimir Soskiev.

You can see there works, which he made in 1970-2003 on this exhibition. Classical Russian standards, especially standards of Moscow sculpture school and traditions of ancient Ossetian culture, it's mythology and spirit world are closely connected in his works.

The Exibition Hall of the Russian Academy of Arts
Moscow 21, Prechistenka street
(095) 201-4150
adv@rah.ru
The exhibition of the digital photographer Mark Marcelos.
29 January - 12 February, Club "Cult" (Moscow)

Company "Fotoproart", web-site PHOTOEXPO and Club "Cult" represent an exhibition of the digital photographer Mark Marcelos "Newest Scrolls. Proloque".

Esoteric quasi-realism.

The conceptual project "Newest Scrolls" is an attempt to understand this world using the tools of digital photography. The author positions this project as esoteric quasi-realism and terms this contemporary photography. The sequence of images consisting of black and white photographs combined with drawings is inseparably connected to the text modules - sort of philosophic messages that are at the same the titles of the photographs. The Newest Scrolls are metaphoric in their essence; each title postulates a certain outcome of human existence in this physical world. The project concept is a visualization of these philosophic postulates and the statement of the fact that the human civilization in its development, reached the point of destruction of all ideas about itself, when old life dies and the age of a new civilization, a new generation of the human race begins.

The project consists of 12 works combined into one sequence of images.

Mark Marcelos's works you may see on the web-site PHOTOEXPO (www.photoexpo.ru): http://photoexpo.ru/c/vystavka/20





Paintings and graphics by Boris Sveshnikov
28 January - 25 February, Fine art gallery, Moscow

Fine art gallery invites you to visit an exhibition of the works by B. Sveshnikov. You will be able to see paintings of the concentration camp period and after concentration camp period, graphics of 70-90s years.

Fine art gallery
Moscow
(095) 251-7649
fineart@avallon.ru
For the 100-annyversary of the great choreographer George Balanchin
23 January - 16 February, Gallery "Nashokin's house"

There are represented works by American photographer Paul Colnic, who is an exclusive photographer of New York City Ballet during last 30 years. There are about 100 Ballet photos of the great ballet-master. Among them, you can see wonderful portraits of George Balanchin, Mikhail Baryshnikov, scenic costumes, posters, and rare documental materials. In the halls of the gallery you can see a documental film (it was Oscar nominate) about George Balanchin'S creative life.

Gallery "Nashokin's house"
Moscow 12, Vorotnikovskiy str.
(095) 299-1178, 299-4774, 209-6023
artperson@mtu-net.ru
The exhibition devoted to the 60-anniversary of the lifting the blockade of Leningrad.
25 January - 8 February, the State Hermitage

The exhibition "Hermitage in the blockade years" is going from 25 January - 8 February in the State Hermitage. It is devoted to the 60-anniversary of the lifting the blockade of Leningrad.

This exhibition is taking place in the former Hermitage bomb shelter and dedicated to the museum's life during the time of the blockade of Leningrad 1941-1944.

The State Hermitage
Saint-Peterburg 34-36, Dvortsovaya Nabarezhnaya
(812) 311-3601, 110-9604, 110-9601
info@hermitage.ru
Inside of the war. The Blockade of Leningrad
27 January - 9 February, Moscow Museum of Modern Art

The Moscow Government, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, the Russian Academy of Arts and the Central State Archives of Documentary Films and Photographs of St.Petersburg represent an exhibition "Inside of the war. The Blockade of Leningrad in photos" devoted to the 60-anniversary of the lifting the blockade of Leningrad.

"Inside of the war. The Blockade of Leningrad in photos" - an exhibition of documental photography. The visuals are very tragic and prosaic. Nevertheless, we must remember this history.

Moscow Museum of Modern Art
Moscow Petrovka street, 25
(095) 231-4405
mmsi@freemail.ru
Nianhua: Chinese Popular Pictures in the Hermitage
23 December, 2003 - February, 2004

The exhibition (rooms N 255-257) shows over two hundred nianhua pictures, divided into New Year, theater, history, genre scenes and icons sections.

The genre of nianhua includes various icons associated with cultic and ritual aspects of New Year celebrations, and the

so-called "paper symbols" expressing New Year's greetings in an enigmatic form. Understanding the puzzle depended on the character of Chinese script, where hieroglyphs may be written differently but be pronounced in the same way. Nianhua pictures were books for the illiterate people, who were acquainted with the country's literature by street story-tellers, theatrical performances and the popular Peking musical drama. Landscape as a separate genre is rare in popular pictures. Images which in a symbolic form express greetings look especially attractive, though their message remains obscure to the uninitiated.

The State Hermitage
Saint-Peterburg 34-36, Dvortsovaya Nabarezhnaya
(812) 311-3601, 110-9604, 110-9601
info@hermitage.ru
Ideas and images of antiquity in the European and Russian art
20 January - 20 February, The A.A. Deineka Picture Gallery of Kursk

The A.A. Deineka Picture Gallery of Kursk invites you to visit an exhibition "Ideas and images of antiquity in the European and Russian art" made up from funds of the art gallery. You will be able to see there over 50 paintings, graphics, and sculptures.

The exposition includes works by artists from Italia, Flanders, France, German, Russia and Austria, who worked in the XVI - XX centuries.

Artists from Ufa
29 January - 29 February, Novosibirsk Art Gallery

There was opened an exhibition "Artists from Ufa", where you will be able to see more than 100 paintings and graphics by Ufa artists - Rinata Minnebaeva, Raisa Gaitova and AirataTeregulova - on the 29th January in the Novosibirsk Art Museum.

They are very famous in Russia and abroad painters. They differ from others not only because of their supreme mastery and sense of modernity, but also their attention to the archaic plastic and cosmological to motives of ancient art.

Novosibirsk Art Gallery
Novosibirsk region
(3832) 23-5331
nkg@gallery.nsc.ru
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