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Wednesday, 23 May 2012

SALE: Petrov-Vodkin to Headline MacDougall’s Russian Art Auctions 27 & 30 May 2012

On the evening of 27 May 2012 in London, MacDougall’s will offer an exceptional painting by Kuzma Petrov-Vodkin. Still Life. Apples and Eggs, estimated at £2,000,000-3,000,000, is one of the most typical and recognisable of Petrov-Vodkin’s works of the early 1920s. 

Oil paintings by Petrov-Vodkin exceedingly rarely appear on the market and few works of such significance as Still Life. Apples and Eggs remain in private hands. The work was previously in the collection of Grigory Blokh, before it was acquired by Abram Chudnovsky, another famous collector from Leningrad. Chudnovksy, a well-known physicist, started collecting art immediately after Stalin’s death in 1953, and by the 1960s had amassed one of the most important collections of early 20th century Russian avant-garde paintings, including works by artists such as Natalia Goncharova, Mikhail Larionov, Kazimir Malevich and Pavel Kuznetsov. Petrov-Vodkin’s Still Life. Apples and Eggs was among the highlights of the collection. Widely exhibited after Chudnovsky’s death in 1985, the work is now offered at auction for the first time.

Petrov-Vodkin painted Still Life. Apples and Eggs in Samarkand during the summer of 1921, when he took part in an official expedition to establish the condition of architectural and historical sites in Turkestan. His four months in Samarkand were particularly fruitful and he returned with an important body of work including landscapes, portraits and still lifes. He was later to publish a book on his experiences in Central Asia, illustrated with his own drawings. 

Petrov-Vodkin’s still lifes are not only among the best works in the artist’s oeuvre, but are also among the most important Russian paintings of the period following the Revolution of 1917. In these works, the artist painstakingly analysed every facet of the objects he painted, often depicting them from an elevated viewpoint. This “spherical perspective”, based on a unique philosophical system developed by the artist, bestows Petrov-Vodkin’s seemingly simple still lifes with monumental significance. Comprising modest objects which reflect the austerity of the period, Petrov-Vodkin’s still lifes are full of tension, but simultaneously extremely delicate and rich in colour.

The appearance on the market of Still Life. Apples and Eggs presents a rare opportunity for collectors to acquire a museum-quality work by Petrov-Vodkin. The painting will be offered alongside other masterpieces of 19th and 20th century Russian art at the Important Russian Art sale on Sunday 27 May. On 30 May, MacDougall’s will present Russian paintings, icons and works of art, as well as a collection of works by the theatre designer Dimitri Bouchène. The total pre-sale estimate for all sales exceeds £25m. 

Important Russian Art
Sunday 27 May 2012, 17:00

Russian Art, Icons and Works of Art
Wednesday 30 May 2012, 10:30 and 14:00

Dimitri Bouchène Collection 
Wednesday 30 May 2012, 16:00

Viewing Days
Friday 25 May, 10:30–18:00
Saturday 26 May, 10:30–18:00
Sunday 27 May, 10:30–14:00
Monday 28 May, 10:30–18:00
Tuesday 29 May, 10:30–18:00

Tuesday, 22 May 2012


London – Christie’s announces the auction of Russian Art to take place on 28 May 2012 in London, and marking 40 years of Russian Art Sales at Christie’s. The auction will offer a rich selection of paintings and decorative works of art, the majority of which have been consigned from private sources, and will include masterpieces from many of the major movements in the development of Russian Art including Classic 19th Century Art, the Ecole de Paris, the Ballets Russes and the Avant-Garde.  Highlighted by over forty works of art by Fabergé and rare silverwork, the sale will also feature an impressive selection of Russian works of art, many of which are distinguished by their important Imperial provenance.

The sale is led by Zinaida Serebriakova’s (1884-1967) sensational Reclining nude (£800,000-1,200,0000) which was painted in 1930 following the artist’s emigration to paris. Born into an erudite and artistic family, her father was the sculptor Evgeny Lanceray and her uncle on her mother’s side was the painter Alexandre Benois. Serebriakova’s work, and in particular her nudes, is distinguished by an alluring combination of warm femininity and technical excellence.
Also executed in Paris, Alexandre Iacovleff’s (1887-1938) exquisite 1922 sanguine of the famed nude of Russia’s Silver Age, Salomé Andronikova (1888-1982 / estimate £150,000-200,000) is appearing at auction for the first time. The beautiful and intelligent Andronikova was a source of tremendous inspiration to painters such as Kuzma Petrov-Vodkin and Vasilii Shukhaev and for the poets Anna Akhmatova and Osip Mandelshtam.
In the wake of their highly successful tour to Moscow for the Christie’s exhibition at Mouravieff-Apostol Mansion, attended by over 4000 people, the sale on 28 May presents Ivan Aivazovsky’s (1817-1900) romantic seascape Searching for survivors and emotive Ox cart crossing a flooded plain (estimates: £250,000-350,000 and £400,000-800,000), in addition to Petr Konchalovsky’s (1876-1956) 1910 masterpiece, Spanish landscape. Konchalovsky’s vibrant depiction of Spanish terrain, which appears on the market for the first time, was first presented to the public at the iconic inaugural Jack of Diamonds exhibition that same year and provides the opportunity to acquire not only a master work by the artist but furthermore an important piece of Russian Art history (estimate: £600,000-800,000).

Alexander Volkov’s (1886-1957) Demon, in which the artist’s veneration for Mikhail Vrubel’s creative genius is palpable, also appears on the market for the first time (estimate: £300,000-500,000). Painted in 1916, this striking work was exhibited at the state Tretyakov Gallery in 2007. Executed the same year, Léon Bakst’s (1866-1924) passion for the Orient expresses itself in a comparable riot of colour in The Yellow Sultana, one of the finest examples of this supremely talented artist’s work to appear on the market in recent history (estimate: £350,000-450,000).
As ever, Christie’s Russian sale is characterized by the high quality of works on offer from a broad variety of movements and periods. The offering of superb paintings of Russian traditional 19th century art is led by Orest Kiprensky’s (1778-1836) Portrait of Prince Mikhail Alexandrovitch Galizine (1804-1860), which was painted in 1833 in Rome and is an extremely rare and important rediscovery of a portrait known only from literature (estimate: £200,000-300,000).


Christie’s sale offers a range of truly exceptional Russian works of art from distinguished private collections, most of which have never before appeared at auction.  The sale is led by a newly discovered Imperial Presentation snuff-box with the cypher of Emperor Nicholas II that was commissioned from the Imperial court jeweler, Hahn between 1899 and 1904. During the reign of Nicholas II, only 280 Russian subjects and 90 foreign dignitaries received Imperial Presentation snuff-boxes with the Emperor's jewelled cypher. Of these, only 59 were produced by the court supplier Hahn. According to family tradition, the present Imperial snuff-box descended from a Persian religious dignitary during the Qajar Dynasty (1785-1925). The emphasis that Russia placed on diplomatic relations with Persia throughout the years preceding World War I led to the presentation of a variety of opulent gifts. The Shah of Persia, Muzaffar al-Din, paid two state visits to Russia in 1900 and 1902. The Shah travelled with a vast entourage and the cabinet prepared a commensurately large quantity of gifts, including two diamond-set Imperial snuff-boxes by Hahn, to award during his visit in 1900 (estimate: £150,000-£250,000).

Christie’s May sale is also highlighted by a Fabergé two-colour gold and silver-mounted guilloché enamel desk clock, that is being offered from a distinguished Parisian private collection for the first time in decades (estimate: £80,000-£120,000, illustrated left).  This distinctively enamelled clock dates to Fabergé’s later production and is an excellent example of the firm’s increasingly modern design, where all ornament is pared down to simple stripes echoing the rectangular form of the clock 

The sale also offers two exceptionally rare kovshi, never before seen at auction. One is a very early silver kovsh, dating from the 17th century which has been part of a private collection since the 1930s (estimate: £30,000-£50,000, illustrated right). According to the inscription, this kovsh was presented to Ivan Nezhdanovskii by the ‘Great Sovereigns’ for his service as the head of customs collection in Yaroslavl between 1689 and 1690. Based on the inventory number, the second kovsh was made in 1900 and serves as an early example of neo-Russian design and Fabergé's innovative approach, using new materials (estimate: £15,000-£20,000). Fabergé started working closely with the Imperial Stroganov School in 1900, when the workshop won a gold medal at the Paris exhibition for its famous experimental ceramics. Luster-glazed earthenware vases and kovshi, like the present lot, are among the workshop's most prominent pieces and exemplify the collaborative work of the Imperial Stroganov School, under the direction of Georgy Monakhov, and Fabergé's Moscow branch.

8 King Street
Sale date: 28 May 2012, 10.30am & 2.30pm
Viewing dates: 25 May, 9.00-4.30pm
26-27 May, 12.00-5.00pm
Complete catalogue available online at or via the Christie’s iPhone app

Thursday, 17 May 2012

STUDY DAY: Russian and Soviet Art: From Icons to Socialist Realism, May 19

Royal West of England Academy, Bristol
Spring / Summer Term 2012
Russian and Soviet Art: From Icons to Socialist Realism, May 19th, Theodora Clarke MA
The Royal West of England Academy delivers a programme of one day Art History Day Schools delivered by recognised tutors and Academics providing an introduction to a number of subjects.
This study day is perfect for anyone with an interest in Russian and Soviet art, as we present the major movements and artists of 20th century Russia and examine the various “isms” of the avant-garde. Major artists include Kandinsky, Malevich, Tatlin, Lissitzky, Goncharova, Chagall, Rodchenko and Popova. We discuss Tsarist patronage of Russian art and such movements as the World of Art, the Blue Rose Group and the Wanderers. We then consider geometric non-objective painting, the creation of a new Soviet culture after the 1917 Russian Revolution and Socialist Realism after 1932.
All Day Schools are held on Saturdays, 10am - 4pm and cost £30 (note book 11 courses for the price of 10).
For more information on tutors please see Tutor Biographies.
Theodora Clarke MA is a lecturer and expert on Russian art. Having gained first class honours from Newcastle University in History of Art, she went on to study an MA at the Courtauld Institute. She is researching her PhD in Russian avant-garde art at Bristol University. She recently lectured at Tate Britain and is a consultant for Sotheby’s. Former work experience includes Christie’s and the Ashmolean Museum. She has travelled within Russia and is currently investigating Russian works in American collections.

To book please call 0117 9735 129 or download a Booking Form.
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Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Moscow International Book Fair, 5-10 Sept 2012

The Moscow International Book Fair is now the largest and most representative forum for the rapidly expanding Russian publishing industry. Russia is now the fourth biggest producer of books in the world in terms of published titles. MIBF is an event of truly international significance, featuring participants from more than 60 countries, and attracting more than 2000 participating organisations – publishers, distributors, libraries, universities and cultural centres.

The MIBF International Centre is designed to make your visit to the MIBF comfortable and effective. The International Centre helps international publishers to explore business opportunities in Russia, establish contacts, find partners, develop collaborative projects with Russian publishers, and meet leading Russian authors. 

The International Centre’s extensive programme offers a diverse range of presentations and discussions with leading international experts on key issues related to Russian and international publishing. 

The MIBF International Centre is divided into 4 sections: book a table at the International Rights Centre or present your publishing projects in the Presentation Theatre, join professional discussions and workshops in the Studio and arrange meetings with translators in the Translators’ Lounge.

Joining us at the Moscow International Book Fair is not only a great way to explore the vibrant Russian book market, but also a great opportunity to visit one of the world’s most fascinating cities and experience Russia’s unique culture and traditions. 

Academia Rossica would be delighted to help you with your visa and travel arrangements as well as the organisation of your cultural programme in Moscow.

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Tuesday, 15 May 2012

EXH: Chagall: Modern Master at Tate Liverpool 2013

Chagall: Modern Master
Tate Liverpool: Exhibition
7 June – 29 September 2013
£13.50, concessions available
Tickets are not yet on sale.

Marc Chagall (1887–1985) is one of the great artists of the last century.  Bringing together more than sixty paintings and a selection of works on paper from across the world, Chagall: Modern Master takes a fresh look at this compelling artist who created some of the most poetic and enduring images of the twentieth century.  This exhibition will be the first major presentation of the Russian painter’s work in the UK for more than fifteen years. 

Marc Chagall
The Green Donkey 1911
Gouache on board
support: 324 x 413 mm
Presented by Lady Clerk 1947© ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2002

 The exhibition will explore Chagall’s development from the ‘naïve’ folkloristic narratives in his early work, towards his unique style combining fauve, cubist, expressionist and suprematist influences while reflecting his native Jewish Russian culture.

 Chagall: Modern Master will focus on the artist’s time in Paris before the First world War, his visit to Berlin and his exhibition there in 1914, and the years he spent in his native Russia around the time of the Revolution in 1917.  Chagall’s experiences during this period reinforced his highly personal visual language.  The universal, timeless themes of these early works – including love, suffering and death – alongside self-portraits and depictions of the circus, music and peasants, recurred and formed the core of his art for the remainder of his long career.

 Chagall: Modern Master is organised by Kunsthaus Zürich (8 February – 12 May 2013) in collaboration with Tate Liverpool.

Monday, 14 May 2012

June Preview: Ukrainian Museum, NY

Concert: Friday, June 1, 7 p.m. 
Bandura Downtown closes its 2011-2012 season with a performance by artistic director Julian Kytasty showcasing his latest solo work and introducing a series of surprise guests. Join us in celebrating six full seasons of Bandura Downtown performances at The Ukrainian Museum!

Lecture: Sunday, June 3, 2 p.m. 
"The Carpet Collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Preservation and Display" will be the topic of Dr. Florica Zaharia's lecture, presented in conjunction with the Museum's exhibition Ukrainian Kilims: Journey of a Heritage. Dr. Zaharia is the Conservator in Charge of the Met's Department of Textile Conservation.

Annual Meeting: Sunday, June 24, 2 p.m. 
All members are urged to attend the Museum's annual meeting. Meeting notices will be mailed out shortly, but please mark your calendars and plan to join us for this important annual event.

Ukrainian Kilims: Journey of a Heritage 
Through October 21
More than 35 kilims from the Museum's permanent collection, some dating back to the 18th century, are on view in this exhibition. Many of the tapestry-like rugs were spirited out of Ukraine and transported across numerous borders by Ukrainian refugees fleeing war and the destructive Soviet occupation of Ukraine. Cherished and preserved for years after their arduous journey, the kilims were eventually entrusted to the Museum's care. 
Featured in the January 27 issue of The New York Times ("Antiques on Camera and Behind Every Door / Ukrainian Weavings," page C31).

A Singular Vision: Ilona Sochynsky, Retrospective of Painting 
May 13 through October 7

The Ukrainian Museum: 35 Years in Print 
Through October 21
Since 1976, the Museum has been mounting exhibitions that educate and enthrall visitors while introducing them to the broad spectrum of Ukrainian art and culture. Drop by this exhibit to marvel at the range of subjects covered over the past 35 years, as seen through the exhibition catalogues, posters, and other documents that accompanied the Museum's exhibitions.

Borys Kosarev: Modernist Kharkiv, 1915-1931 
LAST CHANCE! Closes May 2
Virtually unknown even in his native land, the avant-garde artist Borys Kosarev (1897-1994), a survivor of Stalin's purges in 1930s Ukraine, was a painter, designer, photographer, and illustrator who worked with some of the pre-eminent creative personalities of his time. This first-ever exhibition of 82 of his works brings to light Kosarev's prodigious talent and his deep attachment to Kharkiv, the city of his birth, death, and long life. The contents of the exhibition coincide with Kharkiv's time as the capital of Ukraine (1919-1934), the rise of Constructivism, and the period of Ukrainianization, which brought with it a brief renaissance of art and culture before being brutally quashed through a series of purges and long-term repression. 
Profiled on NYC-ARTS, PBS Channels 13 and 21 in New York, February 23-26.

The Ukrainian Museum, 222 East 6th Street, New York, NY 10003
T: 212.228.0110 · F: 212.228.1947 ·

Friday, 11 May 2012

Mother Russia: Classical Music Series at Tricycle, London

The Tricycle Theatre, London
Classical Music Series 2012
Artistic Director: Tamsin Waley-Cohen
with the Honeymead Ensemble

‘Warm, focused, joyous… a marvellous chamber series’ The Sunday Times
Sunday 20 May, 7pm
Mother Russia

Leading the Classical Music Series into the summer months The Honeymead Ensemble perform two of the great Russian string quartets. Arensky’s ‘Cello’ Quartet No. 2 in A minor  was written in memory of Tchaikovsky and is deeply rooted in Russian folk, this gem of Russian Romanticism has a uniquely rich and dark sound. Tchaikovsky’s String Quartet No. 3 in E-Flat minor was written in memory of his great friend, the violinist Ferdinand Laub. Symphonic in scope, and filled with moments of intense grief and longing, this work is considered the great Russian Romantic quartet.

LSO: Summer Stravinsky Festival with Valery Gergiev

One of the undeniable highlights of the LSO’s 2011/12 season is right around the corner – a festival of five concerts, spread across three venues (the Barbican, LSO St Luke’s and Trafalgar Square), celebrating the many faces of composer Igor Stravinsky and led by one of the most powerful champions of Russian music today, LSO Principal Conductor Valery Gergiev. With repertoire ranging from the iconic Firebird and Rite of Spring to the hidden curiosities of Stravinsky's jazz miniatures, appearances from guests including Greek virtuoso violinist Leonidas Kavakos and actor Simon Callow, and the chance to choose your setting, this all-encompassing series promises something for everyone

Stravinsky is frequently cast against contemporaries Shostakovich and Prokofiev as an example of a somehow less inherently Russian creator: born in St Petersburg, his 60-year career saw him settle in Switzerland, France and finally the US, where he lived until his death in 1971. His music is, on the surface, similarly cosmopolitan. The early ballets for Diaghilev’s Ballet Russes – The Firebird, Petrushka and The Rite of Spring – and the Russian fairytale-based Renard plus The Soldier’s Tale form a loose ‘Russian’ period; Oedipus Rex and the Violin Concerto are part of his ‘neo-classical’ period which saw a return to the form, order and balance of the late 18th century, and reached an apex whilst the composer was in Paris. Then there is a body of serial works which developed post-1945, once Stravinsky had become a US citizen. But Gergiev insists that Stravinsky’s ‘Russianness’ did not simply cease to be when he left for the West, aged 28...

> Watch Valery Gergiev discuss Stravinsky

> LSO mini documentary about The Rite of Spring

Choral splendour & solo violin frolics
Fri 11 May 7.30pm Barbican
Mass | Violin Concerto in D | The Firebird – complete ballet
with Leonidas Kavakos violin & London Symphony Chorus

Free concert: Stravinsky live in Trafalgar Square
Sat 12 May 6.30pm Trafalgar Square
Fireworks | The Firebird – suite | The Rite of Spring
with Paul Rissmann presenter

Folk tales from Russia
Sun 13 May 7.30pm Barbican
Renard | The Soldier's Tale
with Simon Callow narrator & LSO Chamber Ensemble
PLUS 'Backstage Pass': free pre-concert talk for young people and their families:

The music that rocked the 20th century & neo-classical tragedy 
Tue 15 May 7.30pm Barbican
The Rite of Spring | Oedipus Rex

Thursday, 10 May 2012

FILM: Sokurov’s award-winning Faust released 11 May

Winner of the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival 2011, Faust completes Sokurov’s loose tetralogy on the lives of historical figures, which began with studies of Adolf Hitler (Moloch, 1999), Vladimir Lenin (Taurus, 2000) and Emperor Hirohito (The Sun, 2005). His new film delves deeper into the nature of power with a unique take on Goethe’s classic tale.

From one of Russia’s greatest filmmakers comes a unique interpretation of Goethe’s classic tale of a man who sells his soul to the Devil. A coda to the director’s fictional profiles of three tyrants (Hitler in Moloch, Stalin in Taurus and Hirohito in The Sun), Sokurov’s latest film explores mankind’s propensity for corruption in the face of power and sexual gratification. And as with all the director’s films, the result is a work of ravishing beauty. 

Available on Curzon on Demand 11 May.

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

CONF: Gartenkultur in Russland (Hannover, 9-11 May 12)

CONF: Gartenkultur in Russland (Hannover, 9 - 11 May 12)
Hannover, 09. - 11.05.2012
Internationales Symposium "Gartenkultur in Russland"

Veranstalter: Dr. Anna Ananieva (Universität Tübingen / JGU Mainz),
Prof. Dr. rer. hort. habil. Gert Gröning (CGL Leibniz Universität
Hannover / Universität der Künste Berlin) und Dr. Alexandra Veselova
(Institut für Russische Literatur der Russischen Akademie für
Wissenschaften St. Petersburg) für das Zentrum für Gartenkunst und
Landschaftsarchitektur (CGL), Leibniz Universität Hannover.

Das Symposium widmet sich der Gartenkultur in Russland und bietet
erstmals ein fächerübergreifendes Forum für deutsch-russischen
wissenschaftlichen Austausch zu dieser Thematik. Die Veranstaltung will
aktuelle Forschungen einzelner Disziplinen wie Architektur- und
Kunstgeschichte, Garten-, Literatur-, Theater-, Musikwissenschaften
sowie Ethnografie bündeln und die bisherige sowie zukünftige Reichweite
des interdisziplinären Zugriffs auf die Gartenkultur in Russland
Inhaltlich fokussiert die Veranstaltung auf die Themen „Der Garten und
seine Lebenswelten“, „Der Garten und andere Künste“ und „Der Garten und
seine Personen“. Im ersten Schwerpunkt geht es um repräsentative
höfische Gartenkultur, Gärten der russischen Landgüter und die Datscha
als Phänomen im russischen Alltag sowie um urbane Freizeitanlagen aus
der sowjetischen Zeit. Der zweite Schwerpunkt setzt sich mit den
Landgütern als Orten der Sehnsucht und der Flucht auseinander. Dabei
wird nicht nur nach der Konstituierung eines Mythos in der Literatur
gefragt, sondern auch die Ikonografie der Gärten in der Buchkunst, der
bildenden Kunst und der Architektur der Moderne reflektiert. Hinzu
kommt die Untersuchung der Rolle des Theaters auf den adligen
Landgütern. Schließlich werden hier auch die Bedeutung der Musik in den
Parkanlagen und Gärten der Landsitze sowie die künstlerische Wiedergabe
der Gärten auf Porzellan angesprochen. Im dritten Schwerpunkt stehen
die Gutsbesitzer, Schriftsteller, Maler, Musiker, Gartenarchitekten und
Politiker als Akteure der Gartenkultur im Mittelpunkt. Die spezifischen
Themen in diesem Kontext haben Gärten und russische Folklore, die neue
Gartenästhetik in der russischen Provinz, die Popularisierung der
Gartenkultur durch Poetisieren und Bauen sowie die Gärten der Literaten
zum Gegenstand.

Das Symposium findet im Rahmen der Russland-Wochen an deutschen
Hochschulen 2012 anlässlich des Deutsch-Russischen Jahres der Bildung,
Wissenschaft und Innovation 2011/2012 statt und wird von dem
Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF) und von der Stiftung
Hochschulrektorenkonferenz (HRK) gefördert.
Arbeitssprachen des Symposiums sind Deutsch und Russisch mit


Mittwoch, 09.05.2012
Ort: Leibnizhaus, Holzmarkt 4-6, 30159 Hannover, Leibnizsaal

Begrüßung der Tagungsteilnehmer: Joachim Wolschke-Bulmahn
(Vorstandsvorsitzender des CGL)
Grußwort des Präsidenten der Leibniz Universität Hannover, Erich Barke

Einführung in die Tagung
Gert Gröning (CGL / Universität der Künste Berlin)
Alexandra Veselova (Institut für russische Literatur der Russischen
Akademie der Wissenschaften, St. Petersburg)
Anna Ananieva (Institut für Osteuropäische Geschichte, Tübingen /
Institut für Kunstgeschichte, JGU Mainz)

1. Garten und seine Lebenswelten
Moderation: Anna Ananieva

Valeria Kolosova (St. Peterburg, Institut für Linguistik der Russischen
Akademie der Wissenschaften)
Darstellungen der Gärten und Symbolik der Gartenblumen in russischen
Volksliedern vor dem Hintergrund der slavischen Folklore

Marcus Köhler (Hochschule Neubrandenburg)
Der Garten als ‚Geburtsort’ des russischen Nationalstils

Moderation: Joachim Schnitter
Ekaterina Dmitrieva (Moskau, Institut für Weltliteratur der Russischen
Akademie der Wissenschaften)
Das russische Landgut als Mythentopos und Ursprung für Mythen

Sigrid Thielking (CGL / Leibniz Universität Hannover)
Gartenkultur, Muße und Hospitalität: Vom russischen Landhaussommer als
literarischer Lebensform

Moderation: Alexandra Veselova
Andrej Rejman (St. Peterburg, Staatliche Denkmalschutzbehörde)
Die Gärten des Anichkov Palais im 18. bis 19. Jahrhundert: Vom Garten
des kaiserlichen Landhauses von Elizaveta Petrovna bis hin zum Palast
der Jungen Künste

Katharina Kucher (Universität Tübingen)
Der Prototyp des sozialistischen Gartens: Der Moskauer Gorki-Park

Moderation: Anna Ananieva
Boris Sokolov (Moskau, Russische Staatliche Geisteswissenschaftliche
Gärten des „Silbernen Zeitalters“: Artifizielles Leben und
künstlerisches Umfeld

19:30 – 20:30
Musikalisches Rahmenprogramm
„Von Wien nach St. Petersburg. Violinsonaten von Haydn, Mozart und Titz“
Ulla Bundies – Violine
Assen Boyadjiev – Hammerklavier
Moderation: Klaus Harer (Deutsches Kulturforum Östliches Europa Potsdam)
Ort: Kreuzkirche (Kreuzkirchhof 1, 30159 Hannover)
Eintritt: 10 Euro, erm. 5 Euro

Donnerstag, 10.05.2012
Ort: Senatssitzungssaal, Hauptgebäude der Leibniz Universität Hannover,
Welfengarten 1, 30167 Hannover, Raum F 335

2. Garten und andere Künste
Moderation: Marcus Köhler

Alexandra Ippolitova (Moskau, Staatliches Zentrum der russischen
Landschaftsdarstellungen in Kräuterbüchern (Herbarien) am Ende des 18.

Gert Gröning (CGL / UdK Berlin)
Kireevskij im Himmel. Schablykino, eine bemerkenswerte Parkanlage aus
dem frühen 19. Jahrhundert im Gouvernement Orel

Moderation: Sigrid Thielking
Klara Šarafadina (St. Petersburg, Staatliche Universität für
Technologie und Design)
Gartenbauprojekte und imaginäre Gärten der Romanfiguren in der
russischen klassischen Literatur des 19. Jahrhunderts

Joachim Schnitter (CGL / Hamburg)
„letters from terra“ Gärten als Kristallisationspunkte von Zeit und
Verlust bei Anton Tschechov und Vladimir Nabokov

Moderation: Susanne Fontaine
Christoph Flamm (UdK Berlin)
Musik in den Gärten der Petersburger Sommerresidenzen im 18. Jahrhundert

Olga Kupcova (Moskau, Staatliche Lomonosov Universität / Russische
Staatliche Gerasimov Universität)
Theater-Spiele in Garten- und Parklandschaften der russischen Landsitze
um 1800 - Eine Typologie

Irina Pašinskaja (GMZ Peterhof)
Festliche Illuminationen im Unteren Garten von Peterhof in der ersten
Hälfte des 19. Jahrhunderts

Freitag, 11.05.2012
Ort: Senatssitzungssaal, Hauptgebäude der Leibniz Universität Hannover,
Welfengarten 1, 30167 Hannover, Raum F 335

3. Der Garten und seine Personen: Wahrnehmung, Beschreibung, Deutung
Moderation: Anna Ananieva

Alexandra Veselova (St. Petersburg, Institut für russische Literatur
der Russischen Akademie der Wissenschaften)
Zur Herausbildung von gartenkünstlerischer Begrifflichkeit in Russland
um 1800

Margrethe Floryan (Kopenhagen, Thorvaldsens Museum)
Hortikulturelle Lehrstücke: Zur Hirschfeld-Rezeption in Russland

Moderation: Gert Gröning

Maria Našokina (Moskau, Forschungsinstitut für Theorie und Praxis der
Architektur und des Städtebaus)
Gartenprojekte von Georg Kuphaldt im Kontext der russischen
Landsitzarchitektur des „Silbernen Zeitalters“

Stanislav Savickij (Institut der freien Künste, Staatliche Universität
St. Petersburg)
Der Garten der Reflexion: Lidija Ginzburg und der Park Petrodvorec

Andreas Schönle (London, Queen Mary University)
Die Modernität der Gärten: Das politische Ringen und die Identität der

Die Teilnahme an dem Symposium ist kostenfrei. Wegen der
eingeschränkten Raumverhältnisse wird es um eine Anmeldung bei der
Geschäftsstelle des CGL gebeten:
Dr. Sabine Albersmeier
Zentrum für Gartenkunst und Landschaftsarchitektur (CGL)
Leibniz Universität Hannover
Herrenhäuser Straße 8
30 419 Hannover
Fon +49 (0) 511/762-5789
Fax +49 (0) 511/762-5693

Weitere Informationen zum Symposium, das zweisprachige,
deutsch-russische Programm sowie das Konzertprogramm befinden sich hier:

EXH: Mysteries of Chukotka at MacDougalls

The Mysteries of Chukotka
An exhibition of photographs by Ida Ruchina
In benefit of the Red Cross Chukotka Health Centre

Viewing Days: 8-13 May, Tuesday-Friday 10:00-17:00
Weekend by appointment only
Evening Reception: Thursday 10 May, 19:00-21:00

This virtually untouched corner of the earth would still be recognised by the first Russian settlers, who came to Chukotka half a milennium ago. In summer, the vast space of the unforgiving tundra is filled with a dazzling variety of mosses, lichens and arctic plants. In winter, it has hundreds of shades of snow.

Ida Ruchina's spectacular photographs allow a rare glimpse at this little-explored region of outstanding natural beauty, its hardy inhabitants and their unique culture and traditions. Love and a true interest in people nurture her art. The photographs will be on sale in benefit of the Red Cross Chukotka Health Centre.

Auction Dates
Important Russian Art: Sun 27 May, 17:00 
Russian Art, Icons and Works of Art: Wed 30 May, 10:30 & 14:00
Dimitri Bouchene Collection: Wed 30 May, 16:00
Viewing 25-29 May

MacDougall Arts Ltd 
30A Charles II St, London, SW1Y 4AE
Tel +44-20-7389-8160

FILM "TSAR": Kinoklub in Edinburgh

Kinoklub in Edinburgh

Tuesday 22 May, 6pm 
Filmhouse cinema, 88 Lothian Road, Edinburgh

KinoKlub is expanding! Academia Rossica have joined forces with Edinburgh University's Princess Dashkova Centre and the Filmhouse cinema to bring regular screenings of Russian films to Edinburgh. 

KinoKlub's first Scottish screening will be multi-award winning director Pavel Lungin's historical drama TSAR, telling the violent but fascinating story of the moral conflict between Ivan the Terrible and the Metropolitan Filipp.Russia in the 1560s is in the grip of chaos. Ivan the Terrible believes he’s on a holy mission and that his orders come straight from God. He demands absolute power over his people and will destroy anyone who opposes him. In an attempt to keep a close leash on things, Ivan appoints old friend and scholar, Filipp, to be the head of the Orthodox Church. Filipp’s honesty places him at odds with Ivan, as he dares to question his authority, going so far as to ask the Tsar to renounce his policies of terror: public executions, torture, and land confiscation. 

At the centre of Tsar is the clash between two powerful men, an ideal acting vehicle for two of Russia’s seminal actors, Pyotr Mamonov as Tsar Ivan and Oleg Yankovsky as Filipp. This was Yankovsky’s 71st and final film role; he died in May 2009.

Tsar does not purport to be a historical overview of Ivan’s reign, but focuses instead on internal struggles closer to the throne – issues of duty, friendship, loyalty, power, paranoia, fanaticism, and madness.

LATE ADDITION The screening will be introduced by Dr Andrei Rogatchevski, Russian Programme Director at the University of Glasgow, who will also lead a short discussion after the screening on issues raised by the film.

EXH: Valery Yurlov at the Zimmerli Art Museum, NJ

Valery Yurlov at the Zimmerli Art Museum, NJ
Exhibition “In the Search of an Absolute: Art of Valery Yurlov” from April 4 to November 4, 2012 at The Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, New Brunswick, New Jersey.

This exhibition continues a series of one-man shows devoted to early nonconformist artists. The art of Valery Yurlov (born 1932) stands out as one of the earliest examples of geometric analytical abstraction within Soviet nonconformist art. Yurlov never was a member of any art movements or groups, and stayed beyond the confines of politics, not once yielding to the temptation of using ideology in his art. 

Yurlov’s creativity developed in direct communion with his teachers, the artists Vladimir Favorsky and Petr Miturich, and his long-term friend, the philosopher and theoretician Victor Shklovsky. All of them carried within themselves the ideology and traditions of the avant-garde of the 1920s. In Yurlov’s work this tradition manifested itself in the search for an absolute, for an expressive visual sign, built in accordance with universal principles of construction of a visual form. Throughout his artistic career, Yurlov combined this principle with the latest developments and theories in contemporary art, such as neo-constructivism, structuralism, impermanence, and performance art.

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

SOVIET FILM: Screening of Proshkin's 'Cold Summer'

Wed 23 May 2012 – 7.30pm
Cold Summer of 1953 
Kino Kino
Language: In Russian with English subtitles

USSR | 1987 | 101 min | colour | 
Director Alexandr Proshkin 
Cast Valery Priyemykhov, Anatoly Papanov, Victor Stepanov, Nina Usatova.

A group of escaped criminals hides out in the remote wooded area of Siberia in this grim drama set in the summer of 1953. Although Stalin is already dead, the shadow of his oppressive rule still hangs over the country. The gang makes their way to a small village where political prisoners Luzga (Valery Priyemykhov) and Kopalich (Anatoly Papanov) wait to escape by boat. Luzga is a former Army scout who can barely hide his contempt of Stalin, while Kopalich is a noted archaeologist. When the village is attacked by the marauding gang, the two political prisoners help defend the townsfolk against the bloodthirsty mob.

The last feature for the popular actor Anatoly Papanov, “Kholodnoye Leto Pyatdesyat Tretyego” was seen by over 40 million people in the Soviet Union, making it the third most popular feature of 1988. This is one of the first perestroika films that showed political prisoners in a sympathetic light.

Winner of Nika, a Russian “Oscar” in the best feature film category.

Tickets: £7, conc. £5 (Friends of Pushkin House, students and OAPs)

Swan Lake On Ice at Royal Albert Hall, 18-20 May

Swan Lake On Ice at the Royal Albert Hall
18 - 20 May 2012 - The Royal Albert Hall

The Imperial Ice Stars, the international ice dance sensation, make a triumphant return to the Royal Albert Hall with a dynamic new staging of their award-winning masterpiece, Swan Lake on Ice, following their acclaimed performance of Cinderella on Ice in 2010.

The 32 World, European and National Championship skaters, who between them hold more than 250 competition medals, take contemporary ice dance to a new level with their awe-inspiring and agile feats, some of which are so complex they haven’t yet been named.

Leading ice choreographer Tony Mercer combines daring high-speed leaps, throws and lifts with the most graceful and sublime ice dancing, performed on a specially-created frozen stage. With Tchaikovsky’s glorious and memorable music performed by a live orchestra, this innovative portrayal of the classic love story and the triumph of good over evil will take your breath away.

This never-seen-before performance, specially adapted for the magnificent setting of the Royal Albert Hall, will feature sumptuous costumes, stunning projection, and magical special effects.

Over the last eight years, The Imperial Ice Stars have built up a worldwide following and established an unrivalled reputation for their sophisticated interpretations of classic works, receiving nightly standing ovations and outstanding reviews from Sydney to Singapore and Cape Town to Tokyo.

This adrenaline-rich Swan Lake on Ice will bring you to the very edge of your seat...
To find out more and book tickets, please visit the Royal Albert Hall's website

Thursday, 3 May 2012

Lecture, video screening & debate: Art and Political Activism in Russia Today

Thu 10 May 2012 – 6.00pm
Discussion, St Martins College of Art and Design, London
Art and Political Activism in Russia Today: Art in The Absence of Civil Institutions 

Lecture, video screening and debate.
In the chair: Dmitry Vilensky, artist, writer, and founding member of Chto Delat? (What is to be done?), a collective publication of artists, critics, philosophers and writers which gathers political theory, art and activism (St. Petersburg)

Over the last decade, a number of artists have succeeded in both realising and finding the theoretical grounding for a variety of works, which allows us to speak of a new situation in art. These projects have found points of connection between art, new technologies, and the global movement against neo-liberal capitalism. The lineages of this interest in political art can be traced back to Documenta 10 (1997) and coincides with the emergence of the “movement of movements”, which erupted onto the political horizon in Seattle in 1999 – an event which, it can be argued, has crystallised a new political subject (named the Multitude by Hardt and Negri’s Empire published in 2000) and have its new embodiment in recent occupation movement that spread in many countries.

This situation has subsequently been manifested through a variety of cultural projects whose critical stance towards the process of capitalist globalisation and emphasis on the principles of self-organisation, self-publishing and collectivity has evoked the idea of a return to “the political” in art. The lecture will focus on the analyzis of how this international process were represented in Russian art and activism during last decade where they have to operate under the hostile conditions, direct repression and exclusion.

Screening of videoworks will be included.

Tickets: £7, conc. £5 (Friends of Pushkin House, students and OAPs)

National Theatre Platform: Orlando Figes & Stalin's Soviet Union

Orlando Figes with Alex Jennings
June 7th 2012, 6pm
National Theatre, London
Olivier Theatre

In Just Send Me Word, the historian recounts the true love story of two young Muscovites, whose smuggled letters to one another form a detailed and agonizing account of life in Stalin’s Soviet Union.

Guests reading extracts from the book include Alex Jennings. This event is followed by a booksigning.

Tickets £4 (£3 concessions)
Running time: 45mins