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Augsburg in the Kremlin

The Kremlin Museums continue a tradition started some time ago – to present the treasures belonging to different nations and epochs. Having been able to view a fantastic exhibition of precious items from India this spring, a collection from the German Maximilian Museum is already being prepared. Augsburg is one of the oldest towns in Germany, and thanks to its 17th century gold- and silversmiths,

Moscow Kremlin, Cross Chamber
of the Patriarchal Palace

June 19 – September 20
Open: 10:00–17:00
Except Thursday

it was often labeled as the European jewellery capital. Works from gold-and silversmiths from the 16th – 17th centuries make up the highlights of this exhibition. At about this time, Augsburg set architectural trends in Eastern Europe, with its own Barocco style. Significant sculptural works include a “Fountain Lad” by Adriaen de Vries (ca. 1600) and other original sculptures from Augsburg’s monumental fountains that may be a revelation for Moscow audiences. Watches and porcelain sets, medals and bas-reliefs from as early as the Renaissance – all will be on display in the Kremlin through September.

Go West

To explain the name given to this exhibition we should go back to Soviet times, when you couldn’t go abroad simply by booking a ticket. It was considered incredible good fortune to win a ticket to a country as far away as Bulgaria. Even those who managed to get to neighbouring and friendly East European countries would recount for hours their impressions of a different world. The luckiest were diplomats and reporters who were sent on missions to

Lumiere Brothers’ Gallery
Central House of Artists

July 1 – August 24
Open daily except Mondays
Krymsky Val, 10

completely inaccessible western countries, such as the United Kingdom, France or the United States. Any exhibition made by a Soviet photographer who had been working in such countries caused huge interest in the media. There were fads as people copied haircuts and skirts, auto-enthusiasts discussed foreign racing cars for hours; common life in the streets in countries across the iron curtain held great fascination. This exhibition features works by eminent Soviet photographers such as Vladimir Lagranzh, Valery Gende- Rote, Vassily Egorov. Their photos were not made for propaganda reasons, but for themselves, and for us, to understand what it was like looking at a different world.

World Press Photo

World Press Photo 2009
Red October Factory
Bersenevskaya Naberezhnaya, 6,
Building 3, Floor 4
June 27–July 27
11:00 – 20:00
Open daily except Monday

The Netherlands-based World Press Photo Competition has existed since 1955, and is a unique space for independent photography, informational and cultural exchange. Nowadays this is the most prestigious contest in journalism photography. Every February, the jury select photographs that best illustrate the previous year’s most remarkable events. The winners’ exhibition takes place in eighty countries. In Russia, the Red October Factory hosts the display this year. There is no fixed theme for the contest; that is determined by life itself. Whereas previous years’ winners presented works made in different hot spots of the world, this year’s winner in the Every-day Life photography section, Antony Suau, gives his vision of the financial crisis through his blackand- white image of an American sheriff’s deputy who moves with his gun drawn through a Cleveland home checking that the family has left their house due to a mortgage foreclosure. Among winners are Russian photographers, too. Yury Kozyrev won a prize in the Portrait nomination, Alexander Taran – in Sports Events and Alexey Bushov won a prize for his nature shots from Namibia.

Hasta Siempre!

Che Guevara’s name is well-known the world over, his iconic photograph taken by Alberto Korda is considered to be one of the most recognizable images of the 20th century. During his short life he gained an enigmatic aura which has not yet faded and has touched millions of people who did not know him in person. The current exhibition at the Dom Naschokina Gallery is the first dedicated to Che Guevara in Russia. It comprises photographs he and his friends took. Few people know that Che was a photographer, wrote diaries, and made documentary films. In a separate room there is a special space with the very epitome of ‘cult’ photography: the picture made by Korda in 1960 – plus posters, films, music, and sketches of Havana of that epoch.

Dom Naschokina Gallery
12:00 – 19:00
Open daily except Monday
Vorotnikovsky Pereulok, 12

Classical Ballet

Until July 19
For schedule and tickets see  

Russian ballet has been one of the symbols of Russia for a couple of centuries now. Two Moscovite choreographers: Natalya Kasatkina and Vladimir Vasilyov, artistic directors of the Classical Ballet Theater dedicated their lives to maintaining the famous classical traditions. You will see nothing extravagant in their productions. Classical technique frees dancers to render their emotions. The Classical Ballet Theater has existed since 1977 but it has no stage of its own. Despite this, it manages not only to create a new production a year, but to hold an annual summer festival in the Novaya Opera Theater. The Novaya Opera orchestra provides accompaniment. This year the festival debuts with a gala dedicated to choreographer Natalya Kasatkina and proceeds with a Tchaikovsky’ triad of Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, and Sleeping Beauty; Giselle, Spartacus and of course the recently successfully premiered Coppelia ballet.

Elza’s Ocean Flood

B1 Maximum
July 24

he band, Okean Elzy, was formed in Lviv (Ukraine) in 1994. Their style at that moment could be described as urban rock. They first started becoming well known outside of Lviv in 1996, when they first participated in national rock festivals. The audience liked their debut album, There Where We Are Not, released in 1998, which was dedicated to Lviv – their home town which they had spent so much time away from. The success was partially due to an unusual combination of fine guitar music and authentic and colorful Ukrainian melodies. Their international career began in 2000. First they made an impression on a Russian audience at the Maxidrom rock festival. And though the texts of their songs were in Ukrainian, the tenderness, emotions and melodic tristesse did not leave music fans indifferent. Concerts in London were a new important stage in their career. Since then the band have performed with symphonic orchestras, dedicated songs and albums to divas such as “The Model” which was inspired by Coco Chanel according to the front man Vyacheslav Vokarchuk and have been refining their style to become one of the most stylish bands of not only Ukraine but Russia where they are sincerely loved.

Cirque Nouveau

For schedule and tickets

he Chekhov Theatre Festival stands out as being one of the largest and most prestigious theatrical biennales and forums in the world, and literally has no equals in the quantity of presented performances. It started in 1992 and since then has been held once every two years, witnessing the liberalizing changes that happened in post-Soviet theater. More than twenty productions by German choreographer Pina Bausch with her Wuppertal Dance Theater, Canadian theatrical wizard Robert Lepage with his Ex Machina Theater, the British choreographer Matthew Bourne, Bartabas with his Zingaro Equestrian theater from France… France, by the way, is the “president” of this year’s festival and its world-famous Zingaro theater opened the festival in May. In total, over twenty productions from all over the world will be presented, all in different genres such as opera, music hall, film, dance, puppetry and acrobatics, and their combinations.

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