Museums in Warsaw

One of the best things to do when living or studying abroad, is to visit museums and historical institutes to try and learn about that particular place. For me, visiting museums is a no-brainer since I work in museums. I enjoy them. I find it fascinating to see how each museum operates, how they present […]

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Hermitage Storage and Restoration Centre

Tour included as part of the Art and Museums program – Summer 2017 Tucked neatly away within Staraya Derevnaya just outside the centre of Petersburg sits the Restoration and Storage Centre of the State Hermitage. While it may be only a short metro ride from the bustling Nevsky Prospekt, the Hermitage Storage Building itself is […]

Lysenko, Savitsky, and Preserving the Soviet Avant-Garde

Forty years ago, near the dusty shores of the retreating Aral Sea, Communist Party officials visited the Museum of Igor Savitsky. Savitsky, affectionately called “Junkman” by his friends and associates, was an artist. Under the nose of State officials (and sometimes with their funds), he amassed a collection of over eighty thousand banned Russian avant-garde […]

10 Must-See Masterpieces at the Tretyakov Gallery, a Russian site dedicated to Russian popular culture and advertising, dug through the art museum’s collection and selected ten paintings with interesting histories. We hope they will inspire you to make a trip to the Tretyakov Gallery. You can read the original in Russian here. This has been translated for the first time into […]

The Grand Maket Museum in St. Petersburg

The Grand Maket Rossiya 16 Tsvetochnaya Ulitsa (Metro Moskovskiy Vorota) Open daily 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. Tickets: 400 rubles on weekdays, 450 on weekends The paradox of studying abroad is that so much is at your fingertips, yet there’s never enough time to see it all. But what if you could see all […]

Etagi (“Floors”) in St. Petersburg

Etagi / Этажи (“Floors”) 74 Ligovsky Prospekt, Metro Ligovsky Prospekt Open Monday – Friday 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. Admission free to 150 rubles, depending on exhibition Etagi — full name “Loft Project ETAGI” — can be described in one word: ambitious. The definition of a […]

New Holland Island in St. Petersburg

New Holland / Новая Голландия Embankment of the Admiralteskiy Canal, 2 Metro Admiralteskaya Open daily from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. After returning from his travels abroad to Holland and a stint studying shipbuilding there, Peter the Great decided to establish a little bit of Holland in his own country. Conceived as a military port […]

Ilya Repin Museum in Repino (near St. Petersburg)

Ilya Repin Memorial Museum “Penates” 197738, St. Petersburg, Repino, Primorskoe Road, 411 Open Wednesday – Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Works of Ilya Yefimovich Repin can be found in St. Petersburg at the Russian Museum, including his famous portraits of Lev Tolstoy. Reproductions of his paintings can be found in art stores across the […]

Gallery Russia in Scottsdale, AZ

The catalyst for what is now Gallery Russia in Scottsdale, Ariz., came at a pivotal time in 1992. Father and son co-owners Scott and Paul Eubanks say that after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Westerners were more curious than ever to learn about their Cold War rival — creating an opportunity to explore that […]

Grutas Park and the Fate of Soviet Statuary in Lithuania

Located on the banks of its namesake pond in the scenic town of Druskininkai, approximately fifty miles from Lithuania’s capital, Vilnius, Grutas Park has become something of a joke to both Lithuanians and foreigners. Since the park’s opening on April 1st, 2001, visitors have had the opportunity to revisit the era of the Soviet Union […]

Marat Gelman

Marat Gelman was born in Chisinau, Moldova on 24 December 1960, the son of Soviet dramatist Alexander Gelman. As a youth, he danced in “Zhok,” a Moldovan folk ensemble, and entered the Moscow Electrotechnical Institute of Communications in 1977, during which time he worked in a number of Moscow theatres, including the Mayakovsky Theatre. He […]

Endless Exhibitions: A Night of Art in the City of Secrets

The Night of Museums/Ночь Музеев Once a year, in over forty countries spanning Europe, nearly three thousand museums remain open late into the night for “Night of Museums.” Since 1977, International Museum Day has been recognized worldwide on or about May 18th.  As a way to celebrate this holiday, Night of Museums was established in […]

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