Museums and Galleries
An Exhibition of the Russian Calendar
To many people outside and some inside Russia, it remains a mystery why Russians celebrate New Year and Christmas after the normal New Year on January 1. The answer is to be found in the ambiguous nature of the Russian calendar. The Russian secular world lives according to the Gregorian calendar whereas the clergy still follow the Julian calendar that was in effect before 1918.
Before Peter I attempted to westernise Russia, New Year was celebrated on September 1. The story of the Russian calendar is quite a story in itself, and the subject matter of an exhibition at the State Historical Museum. On display are calendars of different shape and material: round, square, on porcelain and fabrics, of different epochs and contents. Also on display are calendars belonging to various Russian tzars.
State Historical Museum
Open: 10:00–18:00 except Monday
Through March, 1
Warhol’s portraits in motion
A new exhibition at the currently restored State Museum of Modern Art in the Gogolevsky boulevard is a project presented by the New York Museum of Modern Art. Before a largescale retrospective exhibition of Warhol’s works is launched back in the USA, here is a rather rare chance to see works of the American artist here in Moscow. This exhibition, entitled Motion Pictures presents video portraits of Warhol’s contemporaries – young and stylish actors, his colleagues from Factory and simply stars of the sixties. Andy Warhol started creating “video art portraits” in 1963 before the term became widespread. Within four years he created more than five hundred portraits; some of which are on display in Moscow this winter. Shot in stylish black and white, they are in contrast to his highly colourised works; this is a gallery of faces from the epoch of great expectations.
State Museum of Modern Art at the Russian Academy of Arts
10, Gologlevsky boulevard
December 17–February 8
Open: 10:00-19:00 except Monday
To fully appreciate the ladies who starred in 20th century cinema, view them from the perspective of the 21st century. The image of Marlene Dietrich, a German-American actress, one of the icons of style of the past century is still a source of inspiration for fashion designers and for all who are in love with style and fashion. The current exhibition at Tsaritsino with Marlene’s fashion items and accessories reconstructs the epoch she lived in through gramophone records, and the Hollywood movies she starred in; all provided by the Deutsche Kinemathek-Museum für Film und Fernsehen (Germany).
State Museum-Reserve Tsaritsyno
Open: 10:00-10:00 except Monday and Tuesday
Darkhan Dashi Namdakov is a sculptor, well-known in the museums of Russia and China. He has held personal exhibitions at the best galleries in Europe, Asia and America. His works, including his jewelry pieces, are usually a great success partially due to their exotic shapes and hints of ancient arts; secret knowledge that only smiths-darkhans possessed. “Darkhan” in the Buryatian language means “a master craftsman able to produce arms, wedding jewelry, bronze and ritual objects”. Dashi’s creativity lies in the Siberian merger of European and Asian arts. He unites Russian Art Nouveau style with Eastern art traditions. His works are made of precious and semi-precious stones and metals, with Buryatian traditional materials – leather, stone, horse-hair. He plays freely with textures and tones, letting his imagination run wild. His works are so refined that sometimes it is difficult to guess what material they are made of.