Program Review: Art and Museums in Russia

The Art and Museums Program was a highly fulfilling and engaging experience, combining guided museum tours with independent research. I would recommend this program to any student who is interested in Russian art, culture, and history, and who is not afraid to be a little adventurous. The program will have a lasting effect on my […]

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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 […]

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 […]

Restoration of Repin’s Ivan the Terrible Underway After Attack

 Российские инженеры разработали уникальный стол для реставрации картины «Иван Грозный» Ильи Репина Russian engineers build a unique table to aid in restoring Ilya Repin’s Ivan the Terrible Всемирно известный шедевр из Третьяковской галереи кисти Ильи Репина «Иван Грозный и его сын Иван» будут реставрировать на уникальном столе-трансформере. Год назад полотно сильно пострадало от рук […]

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 […]

Night of the Museums Held Across Russia

Участники акции «Ночь в музее» по всей России удивлялись и восхищались грандиозными представлениями Throughout Russia, a grand Night at the Museum amazes and delights attendees Сотни тысяч россиян сегодня легли спать лишь под утро. Акция Ночь в музее объединила десятки регионов, сотни площадок. Стать героем фильма без кинопроб, прикоснуться к древностям или посмотреть на рыцарское […]

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