Author: Josh Wilson

Repin Masterpiece Still Under Restoration 1.5 Years After Attack

“Ivan the Terrible Kills His Son,” one of Russian master Ilya Repin’s best-known paintings, was damaged by a vandal a year and a half ago. The man was motivated by his belief that the painting shows an event that never happened and is essentially “fake news” blackening the image of Ivan the Terrible. He used […]

Exhibition of Peter the Great’s Art, Science, and Chinese Ties Opens in Moscow

A new exhibition at the Moscow Kremlin Museum, and the below television report about its opening, attempt to at once humanize and expand the mythology around Peter the Great. Opening with descriptions of well-known history and including descriptions of items that would be expected at a exhibition devoted to royalty, the exhibition and report also […]

New Tretaykov Exhibition Focuses on Work of Director Andrei Tarkovsky

A recent exhibition by the New Tretyakov Gallery combined works by artists who were not shown or who were banned during the Soviet era with images from Andrei Tarkovsky’s films and sets. Tarkovsky’s films, such as Solaris and Stalker, have an international cult following and were known for breaking the bounds of what could usually […]

Dodge Assistantships for Research on Unofficial Art of the USSR

The Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University offers Dodge Graduate Assistantships to doctoral candidates admitted to the Department of Art History who are committed to research on unofficial art of the former Soviet Union. Established in 2002 with a generous endowment from the Avenir Foundation in honor of Norton T. and Nancy Dodge, this assistantship […]

The Motherland Calls Receiving Major Restoration Work

Activists have long campaigned for a full restoration of Russia’s famous Motherland Calls sculpture in Volgograd. Made of reinforced concrete, the massive structure has long shown concerning signs of wear – ranging from being stained by pollution to visible cracks forming. The following report details the restoration work – including the techniques and process used […]

Russia Reunites Two Major Art Collections, May Found New Museum

Russia has reunited the great pre-revolutionary art collections of Ivan Morozov and Sergei Shchukin. The collections of both Tsarist-era businessmen were nationalized after the revolution, partially auctioned abroad and then split between museums in Moscow and St. Petersburg. Each exhibition has been reported as an inspirational event, as the righting of a historical wrong, and […]

Russia’s ‘Ticket Mafia’ and Other Challenges to Managing Russian Cultural Institutions

The “ticket mafia” has long been a problem in Russia. Scalpers buy tickets, often at deep discounts by employing the pensioners who qualify for them, and then sell the tickets at wildly inflated costs. This is not, however, the most interesting inefficiency in managing Russia’s cultural institutions. For instance, the story below details the Bolshoi’s […]

Russian Cultural Language and News: April, 2019

This month: Chekhov Festival of Modern Theater; Bolshoi Presents Shakespearean Passion This resource looks at culturally-informative Russian news broadcasts and presents each with rhetorical and contextual analysis as well as a brief vocabulary list aimed at intermediate-level Russian students.   Chekhov Festival of Modern Theater Selling Out Russia Channel reports that this year, the famous […]

Russian Cultural Language and News: March, 2019

This month: “A Rediscovery of Repin;” Russia to Create Regional Museum Complexes This resource looks at culturally-informative Russian news broadcasts and presents each with rhetorical and contextual analysis as well as a brief vocabulary list aimed at intermediate-level Russian students. “A Rediscovery of Repin” Russia Channel devoted an 8-minute report on its regular Sunday national […]

The State Russian Museum in St. Petersburg

The State Russian Museum holds the world’s largest collection of Russian art. The approximately 110,000 square feet of the museum’s primary exhibition space are structured to give the visitor a basic overview of how art has grown and developed specifically in Russia. Several auxiliary spaces are used to show everything from folk art to modern […]

What Moscow Could Have Been… The Palace of the Soviets

In 1931, the Communists began drawing up plans to tear down Christ the Savior Cathedral and, in its place, build the Palace of the Soviets. It would have been the world’s tallest structure (and would still be #9 today). It would have been topped with 6000 ton statue of Lenin and included, among other things, […]

Post Soviet Theatre

How did the economic and political disarray that beset Russia in the days and years following Glasnost affect Russian cultural institutions? In Russia, theatre practitioners have long enjoyed a social position comparable to Hollywood actors or professional sports stars in America. By the mid-nineteenth century, amateur, provincial, and serf theaters had sprung up in even […]

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