Textiles at the Russian Museum of Ethnography

(Tour included as part of the Art and Museums program for Summer, 2017) Russia is a vast, diverse nation of many ethnic groups which inhabit drastically different social and geographic spheres. The Russian Museum of Ethnography, located in central Saint Petersburg, serves to catalogue and preserve the many customs of Russia’s numerous cultural subpopulations. Currently […]

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The Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow

Are you interested in theater? I wasn’t. I went with SRAS to the ballet anyway though, thinking I’d at least get my money’s worth out of the study abroad package. Knowing what I know now, I’d gladly go again. The evening started at Korchma Taras Bulba, a Ukrainian restaurant near Novokuznetskaya metro station, one stop […]

A Tour of the Kremlin in Moscow

A Tour of the Kremlin in Moscow with a stop at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior Free tour offered summer of 2016 with SRAS’s regular Moscow programs As part of SRAS’s Russian as a Second Language (RSL) program at Moscow State University, I had the opportunity to attend a guided walking tour of the […]

House on the Embankment Museum in Moscow

House on the Embankment Museum / Mузей дом на набережной ул. Серафимовича д.2 Hours of Operation: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday from 10:00-18:30, Thursday from 11:00-21:00, Saturday and Sunday from 11:00-18:00; closed every last Friday of the month for cleaning As part of my Russian language course at Moscow State University, my professor took us to the […]

The Kremlin Ballet in Moscow

In late September, as one of the SRAS Cultural Excursions, our group went to see the ballet “Snow Maiden” (“Снегурочка”) at the Kremlin Ballet (Театр “Кремлёвский балет”). This ballet is performed in two acts to a music score by 19th-century composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (Пётр Ильич Чайковский). Andrei Petrov, Kremlin Ballet founder and Artistic Director, […]

Student Blog on Socialist Realist Art

Allie Bull studied Russian language and art over the summer of 2013 on a customized program with SRAS. As part of her studies, Allie has begun a blog “exploring what Socialist Realism is, how it emerged, major themes, and this art today.” She also discusses, in part, her studies abroad. See more about Allie’s work […]

New Online Collection of Natalia Gontcharova Paintings

A Stone Thrown is a small, privately held collection of assorted works by Russian artist Natalia Gontcharova (1881-1962) featuring unpublished paintings as well as artist’s preparatory and studio paintings. The goals of this website are to present the work in an open and unpretentious way, to encourage further debate and to contribute to continuing research into […]

Program Review: Art and Museums in Russia

From the beginning of college, I’d been taking Russian language classes because my mother had told me Russian is a fun language to learn, and also I’d always known that ethnically my ancestors were Russian and Ukrainian. As a student I noticed a distinct lack of information, or even dismissiveness of Russian culture and history. […]

Program Review: Art and Museums in Russia

For the past few weeks, I’ve been in St. Petersburg, attending the SRAS program for Art and Museums in Russia. In this brief time abroad, I have improved my Russian conversational skills; learned about Russian history, culture, art, architecture, literature, and music; about world art history, cross-cultural influences, and the incredible collections of St. Petersburg’s […]

Customized Tour & Interview: Archaeological Collections and Curation at the Hermitage

Art and Museums in Russia, a program of The School of Russian and Asian Studies, has given me some amazing opportunities in the past two weeks. The official program itself stops at nothing to expose students to as much of St. Petersburg’s art, architecture, and culture as possible. But when I asked program director Elena […]

Lecture: Painting Restoration Methods of the Hermitage

Lecture by Alexei Nicholski Translated by Elena Varshavskaya As part of Art and Museums in Russia, A program of The School of Russian and Asian Studies As part of Art and Museums in Russia, a summer program I am attending from The School of Russian and Asian Studies, I recently attended a fascinating lecture on […]

Kyiv’s National Museum of the History of the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945

Without a doubt, one of the most iconic landmarks of Kyiv and Ukraine is the 62-meter-tall, titanium “Motherland” («Мати-Батькiвщина» in Ukrainian) statue, which prominently stands amidst the hills of the Dnieper River’s right-bank, and it is a must-see for all Kyiv visitors. “Mother Motherland” holds a 16-meter-long, 9-ton sword vertically in the sky with her […]

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