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Pushkin’s Tales on the Paths of Kolomenskoe
A better location for this exhibition than the 16th century wooden fairy-tale architecture in Kolomenskoe would be hard to find. This exhibition is dedicated to theatrical productions, costumes and set designs used in various productions of Alexander Pushkin’s greatest works. The poet’s fairy-tales about Tsar Saltan, the Fisherman and the Fish and the Golden Cockerel have always evoked vivid images that inspired composer Rimsky-Korsakov and illustrator Bilibin to create
beautiful music and wonderful illustrations. Intermingled with Pushkin’s folklore poetry, they are indeed theatrical, and have a powerful visual impact.
Open daily (except Monday and Tuesday)
Photographic Mosaics by Sergey Burasovsky
Artists aren’t happy with just the word red. What about crimson, scarlet or damask? Sergey Burasovsky is a photographer for whom even the rust on salt-covered ships’ keels has its shades. He is in search of those subtle shades and colors that most of us don’t notice. Bright wheels of old trains resemble children’s toys, and houses in New Mexico – architectural models. Like many other photographers he began with black and white, but eventually became attracted to color films. In the 1990s he made a trip to
China from where he could not but create bright and vivid pictures of everyday life. And from that time, color has dominated his works: the yellow lights of the New York nights, the almost orange sand of the American south, pale blue landscapes of the English Channel. His photographic career is extremely varied. A retrospective show is on display at the Moscow House of Photography.
February 26 – March 22
Open daily (except Mondays)
Theory of Love for Color
Hadji-Murad Alikhanov himself calls his artistic path as a journey to Color. Faithful to Kandinsky’s principles, the artist is in a state of constant search. He does not construct reality logically, but his abstract pictures are rather a journey to the essence of color itself, only limited by its subjective dimensions. Hadji-Murad’s career as an artist began at arts school where his main inspirations were El Greco, Matisse and Vrubel. He opted out of art school for the Leningrad State Institute of Theatre, Music and Cinema, which he completed with distinction. Very soon, he won a
grant with the Artists Union and began participating in exhibitions in the Soviet Union and abroad. His artistic experiments range from etchings to chromatic abstract art. The works on display at this exhibition belong to the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts and the Moscow Modern Museum.
Zurab Tseriteli’s Gallery of Arts
January 20 – February 20
19, Prechistenka street
Open daily (except Mondays)
Vladimir Shirokov. Black and White Stars
Vladimir Shirokov is a Moscow fashion photographer in great demand. This exhibition in Novinsky Passage is the third in his career. The concept is straightforward: Stars portrayed in black and white. That black and white can render moods and character better than color is nothing new. Shirokov began taking his first black and white shots when still a schoolboy. After serving in the Soviet army he
returned to what he had always admired so much – photography. His career started at a photo atelier where he made passport photographs. He moved to Moscow in 1998 where he started an absolutely new life. He gradually made a name for himself, and created a large portfolio featuring cinema and musical stars.
The Mughals’ Riches
2009 is the year of India in Russia. It means that throughout the year there will be special events highlighting the culture of modern India and its historic legacy. There will be two large-scale exhibitions related to the art of India in February. The first takes place in the Historical Museum and is dedicated to Indian art from the 3rd century BC to the 18th century AD. The second is taking place close to the legendary Diamond Fund in the Kremlin and is presented by the National Museum of Kuwait. This exhibition features a dazzling collection of 17th century precious rubies, emeralds, sapphires and gold items which belonged to great Mughal emperors of India. Jewelry art has always played a vital role in the culture of India since ancient times. Even ancient Indian sculptures representing gods and goddesses are adorned with ritual jewels. This priceless collection of Indo-Islamic-Persian splendor belonging to Mughal emperors who ruled India from the 16th to the 18th century, has been collected since the nineteen seventies by Sheikh Nasser Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah, a member of Kuwait’s royal family. Each of the items on display in the Kremlin has its own exciting destiny and could tell us much about its owners if it could speak. The Indian Mughal craftsmen were known as world leaders in the setting of precious and semi-precious stones. They created jewels for their masters to the jealousy of the rest of the world, something that in times gone by caused both military interventions and exultations from all over the world.
|Art of the great Mughals
Moscow Kremlin, Assumption belfry
February 21 – May 20
Open daily (except Thursdays)
|Art of the ancient India
State Historical Museum
February 17 – May 19
Open daily (except Tuesdays)
Best of Russia, 365 Days a Year
When Winzavod, the Centre for the Modern Art and the Ministry for Culture of the Russian Federation announced a photo contest dedicated to Russia in the summer, they had no idea just how many photographers would want to take part. In October the organizing committee even had to make an appeal for extra jury members. Eventually, all of three hundred and sixty-five photographs were selected for the “365”
exhibition, and the event is earmarked to become an annual show. This contest and exhibition is an attempt to make a mosaic picture of Russia, as seen by different people, from various regions of the country, with their different cameras and visions.