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Editor’s Choice

Tribute to Andrei Tarkovsky

It is strange, but in Russia an exhibition dedicated to Andrei Tarkovsky has never been held. Tarkovsky was one of the most infl uential Russian film directors. “He invented a new language, true to the nature of film as a mirror of life, life as a dream,” said Ingmar Bergman. In fact, he was also a painter who infl uenced his generation. In New York’s Guggenheim Museum and London’s Barbican Gallery,

Till October 17 
Open: 12:00-20:00 except Monday
Building 2, 1/2 Solyanka street

both his paintings and tableaux vivantes films, Sacrifice and Stalker, are regularly on display. The current exhibition held at the Solyanka Gallery in Moscow is a tribute to this multi-talented man, and is a forerunner to 2011 which is the year of his 80th anniversary. The curators of the Solyanka exhibition have gathered not only the artist’s paintings and illustrations, but personal belongings from collections of Tarkovsky’s family, photographs by Layla Alexander-Garrett taken on the island of Gotland, Sweden, where Tarkovsky’s last film, Sacrifi ce, was shot.

French draftsmen from the Louvre and d’Orsay

Before photography was invented in the 19th century, drawings and engravings were the only medium of visual communication in every-day life. Images of Eastern beauties, spices, landscapes or peculiar animals from the south were recorded using paper, ink and pencil, and transported to satisfy the curiosity of people in France or Flanders. No surprise that those pieces of art have now become extremely fragile and are rarely displayed in major museums.

September 22 – November 14
Tretyakov gallery
Open: 10:00-19:30 except Monday
12, Lavrushinsky Lane

Each time they are exhibited for two months they need to be restored for six months. The Louvre and d’Orsay museums are surely among the best in the world, and Muscovites and visitors have the chance of viewing valuable parts of their exhibitions, at a special show in the Moscow Tretyakov gallery marking the year of France in Russia. Artists include: Nicolas Poussin, Gustave Doré, Paul Gauguin, Paul Signac, Claude Monet, Camille Pissaro, Jan Brueghel, Peter Paul Rubens and Rembrandt.


Slava Polunin is a Russian performance artist and clown, author of numerous artistic productions including the Snow Show. He is a busy man and not easy to approach. He does not like media exposure and prefers a quiet life. The everyday life of this artist

Till October 13
Open: 10:00-20:00
Except Monday
Editor’s Choice

was of interest to photographer Vladimir Mishukov, who started his photographic career when studying to be an actor. Initially he took backstage photographs at Polunin’s Snow Show but suggested the idea of an album of photographs about the show which the latter did not accept right away. Yet Mishukov’s works made an impression on Polunin and soon he sent a card saying, “Come more often”. Gradually, the album of photographs and an exhibition at Manezh emerged. Olga Sviblova, director of the Moscow House of Photography, decided to mount an exhibition of Mishukov’s photographs, and regularly awarded him the Silver Camera contest prizes with comments like “Mishukov is our everything in modern photography”.

Best of the Balkans

The Best of Goran Bregovic is the name of his jubilee tour programme, which the Serbian composer brings to Moscow this autumn. Both journalists, fans and random visitors at Bregovic’s concerts use one common word—charismatic. People who come to his performances usually fall in love with his music, style and mood. Goran Bregovic is a Balkan rock star who in his youth became an opera and film composer, as well as a concert performer. Together with his ensemble, the Wedding and Funeral Band, Bregovic performs a repertoire of Balkan folk arrangements infused with his own musical ingredients, finding inspiration in the raw energy of brass-based Gypsy bands. To describe what you see in his show is impossible: musicians come out one after another and fill the whole stage, and when they begin to sing, play and dance together, it is difficult for the audience to sit still.

October 15
Crocus City Hall 

Moscow Design Week 2010

This autumn we are witnessing the second programme of events dedicated to placing Moscow among the world capitals as a centre of design. What Alexander Rodchenko started ninety years ago would have become a proper school of design but for certain political events. Yet President of the Moscow Design Week, Alexander Fedotov, believes that today’s younger generation of Russian designers is open-minded, and that consumers are more receptive to new ideas than before. Moscow Design Week, which is supported by the Moscow Museum of

October 5-9
For schedule see

Modern Art, and the embassies of France and Italy, is promising to become a major event with exhibitions, Art de vivre à la française, at the Manezh and the Italian, I Saloni World Wide Moscow, at Crocus Expo. There will also be numerous master classes and designers’ parties at Red October, and the Moscow Architecture Institute. A special treat will be a premiere by circus art and street entertainment group Cirque du Soleil.

Bach, Beethoven and Vivaldi  

The Moscow House of Music opens a new season with two concerts worthy of classical music fans’ attention. The first is dedicated to Ludwig van Beethoven, when the Russian National Philharmonic Orchestra,

October 15 and October 30
Moscow House of Music
Svetlanovsky hall

conducted by Vladimir Spivakov with the piano soloist Alexander Gavrilyuk, will present their interpretation of Beethoven’s controversial Seventh Symphony composed in 1812.

Alexander Gavrilyuk, a 26-yar old soloist from Ukraine, is a past winner of several contests held in Israel and Japan.

The sound of paintings

Australian violinist Dian Booth will give an unusual performance in the Rerikh Museum on 2 October, when she will “play” the paintings on the walls of the gallery, drawing out the hidden sounds she hears in the various colours.

Dian, from Alice Springs in the redhot centre of Australia, calls this kind of performance “spontaneous composition”.

Dian was influenced by the Frenchman Fabien Maman, who founded Tama-Do, the Academy of Sound, Colour and Movement. Maman says that in all art forms, there is sound, colour and movement.

The idea of finding sound in paintings and sculptures came to Dian in 1989 when she was contemplating Mussorgsky’s piece, Pictures at an Exhibition. She thought, “Why don’t I take my violin to a gallery and play the paintings?”

Together with cellist John Sharp, Dian put the idea into practice when they “played” the sculptures of David Nash at an exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery in Kensington Gardens, London.

Spontaneous Compositions
by Dian Booth
Saturday 2 October at 18:30
Rerikh Museum, Maly Znamensky Per. 3/5,
Metro Kropotkinskaya
Tickets 250 roubles
(150 for students and pensioners)

Dian regards the opportunity to play the sounds of Nikolai Rerikh’s vibrant, spiritual paintings as one of the most exciting events of her life. Ten years ago, on a visit to America, she was shown photographs of some of his pictures. “I was told that one day I would play the sounds of his paintings. I have been looking forward to this moment ever since.”

Dian spent the first half of her life as a classical violinist, playing in famous orchestras, including at Covent Garden. She now works as a sound-colour healer, a kind of art and music therapist.

Konstantin Khudyakov: High-Resolution Art

This exhibition of the artist Konstantin Khudyakov is presented by the Moscow City Government, the Department of Culture of the City of Moscow, the Russian Academy of Arts and the Moscow Museum of Modern Art. It could, on the one hand, be called a retrospective, since full tribute is paid to his previous well-known projects. On the other hand, there is enough new content for it to be called a new project. Those same terms can be applied to Khudyakov’s art in general.

The artist’s method is uncompromisingly modern: over a period of fifteen years, Khudyakov has been concentrating on mastering digital technologies and means of communication, considering it the most suitable for solving current artistic tasks. What are those tasks? Generally they can be described as the attempt to create a new mythology. The mythology of the decay of a former civilization and of the birth of a new one, of the synthesis of biological and technological beginnings, of the juxtaposition of the scales of the macrocosm and microcosm, of the metaphysical interpretation of space.

One of Khudyakov’s largest projects on display, Deisis, has been exhibited in the Tretyakov Gallery. Also on show is one of the artist’s recent projects: Apocalypse. An Angel Appeared. In parallel with religious art, the viewer will see work from the series, Basic Instinct, in which the erotic aspect of human existence is studied. Also presented in the exhibition are Khudyakov’s large-format digital landscapes, the first interactive pictures in the world,

04 October – 07 November 2010
The State Museum of Modern Art
of the Russian Academy of Arts,
10 Gogolevsky Boulevard

created jointly with programmers from Perm (“multi-touch art”, as the author calls it), 3-D experiments with stereo-light-panels, a few video installations, including the multi-screen video installation, Red Square, and also some fragments of the perpetual project, Hotel Russia.

The main sponsor of the exhibition is Alpha-Capital MFO (Multi-family Office).

Millionaire Fair

On October 22-24 the Manezh central exhibition hall, will be taken over by the unique atmosphere of luxury and unsurpassable style which is Millionaire Fair Moscow 2010. Since the first event in 2005, the Millionaire Fair has tried to anticipate the market and keep one step ahead.

The fair serves as a platform to display the latest luxury goods from around the world. Here you can find legendary automobiles, “retro” cars, yachts and luxurious interiors.

Novero jewellery will make its first appearance on the Russian market at the Fair. These pieces of jewelry have USB ports and innovative hands-free devices built right in them with prices starting from US$120,000 per item!

The new Benarrow supercar will make its first appearance anywhere at the Millionaire Fair 2010. The German manufacturers have kept all technical specifi cations of the car under wraps so far. These cars are produced in limited series, to individual order. There are less than 50 cars currently all over the world. This will be a unique event for the international automotive industry.

Throughout the exhibition, there will be spectacular shows, sensational premieres and presentations of limited edition series by world-renowned brands. You will be able to enjoy haute cuisine from the best Moscow chefs, be dazzled by the radiance of diamonds and will be invited to private parties at the best Moscow fashion clubs.

On October 22 the legendary galaopening ceremony of the Millionaire Fair will take place. Step into the new age of the world of luxury with Millionaire Fair 2010.

Roger Ballin’s work in Moscow

The art of American photographer Roger Ballin is familiar to many of us for his work documenting small dorps, or villages, in rural South Africa in the 1970s, and more conceptual work in the 1980s and 1990s, all of which has attained considerable international acclaim. Now it has come to Moscow. An exhibition of his work, called Documentary Fiction, opened on the 15th September at the gallery at Winzavod and will run till the 28th of November. The exhibition has been generously sponsored by Fujifilm and is supported by the American Embassy in Russia.

At the opening night, Ballin described the exhibition as being about the relationships between objects in space, not just about two dimensional objects hung on walls called photographs. Ballin works for hours, days, even weeks over one setting, for example the tornoff head of a doll. An additional component or two might be added: a piece of barbed wire, or a picture of a half-naked man. The images are not designed to shock the public, although they are often labelled as being beyond the comfort zone. They serve as ways to make us more aware of the “normal” environment which we no longer question, because we have grown familiar to it.

“Ballen’s work encourages the viewer to break out from the usual frame of observing the surrounding world, and change the subjective criteria of valuing reality,” commented Anthony Bannon, director of the International Museum of Photography and Film in Rochester, New York.

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