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ost pages is the title of the first exhibition in Moscow by Carmel Ilan, an artist from Jerusalem. This exhibition also inaugurates the opening of a new space for the famous Triumph gallery in Moscow.

Carmel Ilan was born in 1960 and was raised in Jerusalem. In 1984, she graduated from Shenkar School of Design in Tel Aviv and later was accepted for an apprenticeship in Parson’s School of Design in New York. Between 1987 and 1988, upon returning to Israel, Ilan worked as a freelance fashion designer in Israel, while teaching fashion design at Shenkar School of Design. In 1989, Carmel established “Ikoo”, an innovative chain of children’s furniture that specialized in colored wood. The company had a fresh outlook, with the concept of bright colors and fun shapes for children’s furniture. In 1998, “Ikoo” was sold to “Beitili”, a large chain of furniture stores, which kept the concept and Carmel’s designs alive. In 2004 Carmel graduated with Honours from Basis School of Sculpture and has worked ever since as an artist in her studio in Even Yehuda. The collection

May 20-June 12, 11:00-20:00
Triumph gallery
Building 5, 3/8 Ilyinka street

of works presented for this exhibition is performed in a unique technique which partially explains the title: the pictures are compiled from thousands of books and magazine pages folded and matched in colour and tone. Some critics compare Carmel Ilan’s works to woven carpets. Weaving and books in this context come together strengthening through each other the idea of trespassing the traditions from one generation to the following.

Holy Russia

he current exhibition at the State Tretyakov Gallery is an unprecedented show dedicated to the history of Christian Russia and is entitled Holy Russia. It encompasses Russian Art from the 9th to the 18th century, and was initially prepared by curator Jannic Durand especially for the Louvre Museum in Paris. Opened by presidents Medvedev and Sarkozy last spring, it was a huge success with the French audience, so a decision was taken to bring the exhibition to Moscow. The exhibition is arranged chronologically and starts with the appearance of “Russians” in the historical record and the rivalries and power struggles between Latins, Vikings and Byzantines. With the “baptism” of Vladimir the Great in 988, “Rus” became Christian, taking its ecclesiastical model from Constantinople. Christian art flourished in Kiev, Chernigov, Novgorod, Pskov. Vladimir and Suzdal eagerly absorbed elements of the Byzantine art and generated its own peculiar Russian features. After the 13th century invasion and domination of the region by the Mongols, Christian art was revived in the major Russian centres, bringing notable painters such as Theophanes, Rublev and Dionysius to Russia.

This renaissance was accompanied by an unprecedented proliferation of monasteries and the gradual ascendancy of Moscow. For Jannic Durand the “heart of the matter is that it’s not Byzantine art, it’s not Christian art, it’s not oriental art, it’s Russian art.”

May 26-October 30,
10:00-19:00, except Monday
State Tretyakov gallery

Jazz open-air

The beautiful mansion of Arkhangelskoye on the bank of the Moscow River historically was a site of entertainment for the nobility. Its founder Prince Nikolai Golitsyn who was a favourite of Catherine the Great, began the construction of this magnificent palace in the 1780s. Nowadays, every June the huge park hosts an elegant open-air festival called Usadba Jazz. The layout of the park makes it possible to create different zones for music fans of different genres. The event brings together the best jazz musicians and their fans for a weekend of music under the summer sky. All styles—mainstream, lounge, free jazz, acid jazz, jazz rock, funk etc., will be represented on four stages by more than 30 names from Russia and other countries. This year’s programme presents impressive line-ups: Lucky Peterson, the band “of all epochs” Bravo, Nino Katamadze, Billy’s Band Sextet, the Amsterdam Klezmer Band.


Felix Aranovsky will present a symphonic programme with the orchestra of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. Guitarist John Scofield, the Melvin Williams Group from the USA, special guests Linley Marthe & Paco Sery will all

June 4-5, 14:00-22:00
Arkhangelskoye Mansion
For schedule and address see:

be playing on the Aristocrat stage. A new stage for this year called Bereg (river bank) will present Ukrainian jazz in the form of the Gorchitza band and the Tesla Boy group (Moscow). To provide parents with a chance to actually relax, the organizers have prepared a special game zone for children. As usual we are waiting for a day of jazz and sunshine during the day, and jazz and fireworks at night.

Masterpieces of the XX century from the collections of Instituto Valencianode Arte Moderno (IVAM)

This exhibition is a part of a large-scale cultural exchange programme of Spanish art in Russia and Russian art in Spain. The guest of the Moscow Museum of Modern Art is its counterpart from Valencia, the IVAM museum. Both institutions have much in common: both were launched approximately at the same time: two decades ago. Both museums store about 10,000 items and both are focused on the national artists, illustrating the fundamental forms of expression of twentieth-century art. The thematic areas on which IVAM specially focuses are photography and photo-collage, installations and new media, abstract art, pop art, sculpture and drawing on paper. Fransisco Jarauto, professor of philosophy and consultant at IVAM is the curator of the Moscow exhibition. He has selected the best of the best from IVAM’s collection of photography, installations and new media. IVAM was the first Spanish museum to start

June 8-October 30, 11:00-19:00,
except Mondays
Moscow Museum of Modern Art,
25, Petrovka Street

a collection of contemporary photography and it now possesses a series of major works by László Moholy- Nagy, El Lissitzky, Alexander Rodchenko, Walker Evans, Cartier-Bresson, Constantin Brancusi, Georges Brassaï, Robert Capa, Man Ray and others. On display are also abstract works featuring Jean Arp, Alexander Calder, Alberto Corazón, Robert Delaunay, Lucio Fontana, Naum Gabo, Julio González, Luis Gordillo, Raoul Hausmann, Paul Klee— to name but a few.

Baroque in the Palace

Concert of Baroque music at the Sheremetev family’s summer estate

Tuesday 7 June, 19:00
Kuskovo Estate, Ul. Yunosti 2
Tickets: 500 roubles Information:
Tel. 613-2719, 375-5252

of Kuskovo

Chamber Orchestra “Cantilena”, conductor Andrei Istomin Olga Zhirova (soprano, Russia), Henriette Schenk (mezzo-soprano, Holland), Helen Womack (alto, England) and Daria Gushcha (harpsichord, Russia) in a glittering programme of music by Purcell, Monteverdi, Vivaldi, Handel and Pergolesi


Jamiroquai, one of Britain’s best jazz funk and acid jazz bands is to premiere to premiere its new album Rock Dust Light Star in Moscow. The band is in Moscow this June to premiere material from its new studio album, Rock Dust Light Star. The musicians recorded the disc in

June 12, 19:00
Crocus City Hall

Jay Kay’s home record studio in Buckinghamshire and also Karma Studios in Thailand to present a brand new sound, from beyond the previous musical frontiers of the band. Jamiroquai has sold 25 million records to date, according to Universal. The band’s biggest selling U.K. album, 1996’s Travelling Without Moving, has sold 1.2 million units, according to the Official U.K. Charts Co.

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