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December exhibitions

A History of Russian Video Art Volume 3

The Moscow Museum of Modern Art is presenting a three-part project celebrating video as an art form in Russia

17 December – 23 January,
Mon-Sun 12:00-20:00,
Thursday 13:00-21:00 17
Ermolaevsky lane

from its origins in the mid-1980s. The project includes three large-scale exhibitions, as well as special screenings, lectures and seminars. It takes us from the pioneers in the later 1980s, when video art was still an underground practice hindered by soviet state censorship. It carries on up to the recent past, celebrating those artists whose video works have gained worldwide critical acclaim in the past decade.

Panorama of empires. Prince Nikolai Alexandrovich’s journey to the East 1890-1891

It is a truism that the West has always been more fascinated by the East than vice versa: an exotic inspiration for music, literature and visual arts. From the imperial eagle downwards, Russians look both ways, West for arts and

every day except Mondays,
State Museum-Reserve “Tsaritsyno”

East for philosophy, and art too. The question of identity, the search for a “historical path” is everlasting, especially in the modern political context. At the end of the 19th century, the future Tsar Nicholas II travelled from St Petersburg through Trieste to China and Japan, and back via Vladivostok and the Urals. In this exhibition there are more than 1100 exhibits, including magnificent gifts to the prince, rare artefacts, authentic documents and photographs, all presented in the manner of an illustrated travel diary the Prince was keeping during his journey.

Valery Levitin

Valery Levitin knows how to find the right angle without disturbing his characters.

8 December – 16 January,
daily except Monday 12:00-21:00
Building 1, 3 Bolotnaya Embankment (Red October)
Lumiere Brothers Centre for Photography

Originally a chess player, he applied his knowledge of timing to select the right moment. “I don’t shoot masterpieces, I shoot life,” Valery says. But for the last thirty years he has mastered both. Sports photography taught him how to identify the best angles, a skill applicable to the military conflicts he covered in the 1990s.

French drawings at the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts

The Year of France, so gloriously

30 November – 16 January,
except Mondays
12, Volkhonka Street

organised may be Russia is coming to an end but it has one more surprise for lovers of French art: a phantasmagorical group exhibition of drawings by some of the France’s most famous artists The curators have collected about 200 pieces for display conveying the major guidelines in the evolution of this genre of visual arts in France around the Belle Époque. Another treat is a catalogue that comprises the presented exhibits with detailed descriptions by the experts of the museum.

Na Rayone-2 Alexander Vinogradov and Vladimir Dubosarsky

Alexander Vinogradov and Vladimir Dubosarsky held their first exhibitions during the Perestroika years. Dubosarsky’s works are in storage in the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow and the Russian Museum in St Petersburg, in the Pompidou Centre in Paris and elsewhere. The exhibition at the Triumph gallery presents

3-30 December,
Triumph gallery,
open 12:00 – 21:00
2 Teatralny Proezd

plein-aire sketches of the first decade of this century. Dubosarsky and Vinogradov start with photographs taken on site and on tour: “to take the mould of time as we see it now”. Small courtyards in the centre of Moscow or Khimki, city cameos, police stations—everyday subjects with unique views, not glamorous staged oeuvres. “Our new project is a desire to approach reality!” they exclaim. Every generation of artists has a fresh chance to harbour such a desire.

Elizaveta and Moskva at theTretyakov Gallery

The current exhibition at the State Tretyakov gallery is dedicated to Elizaveta Petrovna, the Empress of Russia (174 1–176 2), and one of the most popular rulers of Russia. This exhibition is a part of a trilogy of exhibitions addressing relations between Russian monarchs and the city of Moscow. The beginning of the 18th century saw the rise of St Petersburg, but Moscow played a vital role for the Elizaveta, who

10 December to 27 March,
open 10:00-18:30
daily except Mondays.
10, Lavrushinsky lane

spent her childhood and had her coronation here. During her reign, Moscow University was founded, and the first Russian theatre emerged. All that is possible to imagine with the accompanying jewellery, sculpture, graphics and architecture. There are exhibits of furniture, paintings, writings, fashion designs and costumes from several Moscow museums and mansions, all of which help to reconstruct the mode of life and interiors of Elizaveta’s epoch.

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