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Back to the USSR: Barbie goes Soviet in new photoshoot

24 November 2017 · Russia
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  • Photo by Lara Vychuzhanina

  • Photo by Lara Vychuzhanina

  • Photo by Lara Vychuzhanina

  • Photo by Lara Vychuzhanina

  • Photo by Lara Vychuzhanina

  • Photo by Lara Vychuzhanina

She’s a fashion icon who has travelled the globe in her long career as an astronaut, vet, rock star, mermaid and aerobics instructor.

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Agitpoezda: discover Russia’s revolutionary propaganda trains

23 November 2017 · Russia
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A photo of the Oktyabrskaya Revolyutsiya propaganda train, 1920. People queue to enter a wagon designed to educate locals on disease prevention. Image: Na Shalobovke Gallery.

When revolution swept Russia in 1918, Communist party officials faced a unique problem: spreading revolutionary fervour across the country’s vast expanses in an age of mass illiteracy.

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New monument to Stalin’s victims unveiled after 27-year wait

20 November 2017 · Yekaterinburg · Russia
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A new sculpture honouring the victims of Stalin’s Great Terror has been unveiled in Yekaterinburg almost three decades after being commissioned by local officials.

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See David King’s rare collection of Russian and Soviet material in London for the first time

8 November 2017
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Soviet School, The Nightmare of Future Wars — Workers of the World Unite (1920s). Image: The David King Collection at Tate

An exhibition exploring the visual history of Russia and the Soviet Union opened at London’s Tate Modern today, spanning 50 years of art, photography and graphic design from the overthrow of the last Tsar through to the Thaw.

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Hungarian circus elephant’s paintings sells for hundreds of dollars

8 November 2017 · Budapest · Hungary
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Sandra with one of her painting and its buyer. Image: rfcirkusz / Facebook

A circus elephant in Hungary has raised about $450 by selling her own original paintings at a charity auction.

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Iconic Romanian Brancusi sculpture causes stir after return of donation money delayed

7 November 2017
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Brancusi’s sculpture, The Wisdom of the Earth

An iconic Constantin Brancusi sculpture has become the unexpected centre of controversy after it came to light that the Romanian government has delayed returning more than €1m in donations following a failed crowdfunding campaign to buy the artefact.

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Exhibition of light dedicated to Russian Revolution centenary opens in Perm

1 November 2017 · Perm · Russia
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Artist Mikhail Kuballya’s spacespeechspeed in Perm’s Museum of Contemporary Art. Image: permm_museum / Vkontakte

Perm’s Museum of Contemporary Art opened an exhibition on Wednesday exploring ideas of light on the centenary of the Bolshevik seizure of power during the Russian Revolution.

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Belgrade’s Contemporary Art Museum re-opens after 10-year, scandal-hit renovation

20 October 2017 · Belgrade · Serbia
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Belgrade’s Museum of Contemporary Art. Image: BelaSova under a CC licence.

The Museum of Contemporary Art in the Serbian capital closed its doors in 2007 for what was billed as a brief re-vamp. This Friday, it finally opened them again.

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Pavlensky moved to psychiatric facility after Paris arson stunt

18 October 2017 · Russia
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Pavlensky in front of burning Bank of France. Image: vorkutakultura / Vkontakte

Russian artist Pyotr Pavlensky has been placed in a psychiatric facility following a stunt in Paris where he set fire to the doors of the Bank of France, according to a report in French newspaper La Figaro.

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Pyotr Pavlensky arrested over latest artistic arson in Paris

16 October 2017
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  • Pavlensky in front of Bank of France. Photo: Ria Novosti on Twitter / @rianru

Russian artist Pyotr Pavlensky, who has recently received asylum in France, was arrested early Monday morning after setting fire to the doors of the Bank of France.

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