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Formal Recognition

William Brui is a famous Russian artist; but he is not famous in Russia. Now Atelier No. 2 and Studio Eleven are organising an exhibition of his work, which they hope will make him better known in his homeland. It will be the first exhibition in Russia since he left what was then the Soviet Union in 1971.

Born in Leningrad (now St Petersburg) in 1946, he showed his first figurative work at the age of fifteen, in his bedroom. In his teens and early twenties he worked in various studios in Leningrad belonging to the Formalists, the group of unofficial artists who refused to accept the dictates of Socialist Realism, and whose works were not exhibited in official exhibitions. Brui learnt from them Anatoli Kaplan, Boris Ermolaev, Yuri Vasnetsov and in the process he became an abstract artist. Like them, he too became a Formalist, an outcast. He could not sell his work officially, but there were Western collectors willing to pay him and to take his canvases home in their suitcases. They liked the extravagant colouring and the conflict of shapes. Brui himself is coming to Moscow for the opening. This is a unique opportunity for Muscovites (and Passport readers) to meet him, and to see his work.

William Brui
When: 15 April, 7.30pm. 16th and 17th, 11am to 9pm.
Where: 11 Ul. Spartakovskaya, Business Centre Nemetskaya Sloboda, Entrance #6, Moscow, M. Baumanskaya
Tel: (095) 107 1013

Adventurous Spirits

This is for tough characters only. The first round of the Adventure Cup will take place on April 16 at Yakhroma Sports and Entertainment Park situated near Dmitrovskoye Shosse, 30 minutes drive from Moscow. There are five stages of the Cup, throughout the year, and it is possible to participate in any one, or all, of them:

  • April 16 afternoon sprinter race
  • July 2 to 3 night sprinter race
  • September 17 afternoon sprinter race
  • November 4 to 6 3-day expeditionary race
  • January 28 winter afternoon sprinter race

The first round will feature the following tasks: crosscountry cycling, running, orienteering, rockclimbing, rope tasks, rowing, horse
riding, and rollerblading. The race route has a few control posts. For passing each post participants receive a certain number of points.
The person with the highest point record and the best time results is the winner of the competition.

The prize fund is $5000.

Programme of the Competition:

  • 8:00 Registration
  • 11:30 Start
  • 18:3019:00 Finish
  • 20:00 Results and distribution of awards and prizes

Participation in any of the Cups rounds costs 900 roubles. The only equipment necessary for the first round is a bicycle and a helmet. Participants should bring their own drinks and food. Transportation is organised from Moscow and back.

For more information contact the organisers at
(095) 517 2471, (095) 101 4124, 8 916 691 2034, 8 903 521 4326, (Alexander or Maria),

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