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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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Winning design announced for new Leningrad Siege museum

12 October 2017 · St Petersburg · Russia
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  • Winning design for Blockade Museum in St. Petersburg. Image: russkiy_mir_spb / VK

  • Winning design for Blockade Museum in St. Petersburg. Image: russkiy_mir_spb / VK

  • Winning design for Blockade Museum in St. Petersburg. Image: russkiy_mir_spb / VK

Local authorities in St Petersburg have announced the winning design for a new museum about the wartime blockade of the city, according to local news website Fontanka.ru.

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Pushkin House to launch Russian poets-in-exile exhibition with Alexander Brodsky pavilion

12 October 2017 · Moscow · Russia
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The Brodsky pavilion under construction in Bloomsbury Square. Image courtesy of Pushkin House

London’s Pushkin House is launching an exhibition about Russian poets-in-exile as part of its commemoration of this year’s centenary of the Russian Revolution.

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Dmitri Prigov exhibition to open at Calvert 22 Space on Thursday 12 October

11 October 2017 · Russia
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Dmitri Prigov, sketch of the installation Series with Brooms (2000s) © Prigov Estate

Calvert 22 Foundation’s new exhibition Dmitri Prigov. Theatre of Revolutionary Action will open on Thursday 12 October and is set to give visitors a rare insight into one of Russia’s most prolific artists, who was briefly incarcerated in a lunatic asylum by the Soviet authorities.

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The Calvert Journal scoops silver Lovie Award

11 October 2017
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Image: The Lovie Awards / Facebook

The Calvert Journal has been handed a silver prize in the website Design — Functional category at the seventh annual Lovie Awards.

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First collection of Russian contemporary art writing to launch in London

11 October 2017 · Russia
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Pavel Pepperstein & Sergey Anufriev, The Pipe or The Alley of Longevity. Image: Lux & Jourik under a CC license

A London bookshop will on Wednesday host an event to mark the publication of the first anthology of Russian contemporary art writing ever to be produced outside of Russia.

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St Petersburg wins European city destination of the year at World Travel Awards

3 October 2017 · St Petersburg · Russia
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The Moika River in St Petersburg. Image: Pixabay

The winners of this year's awards were announced on 30 September at a ceremony which — coincidentally — took place in St Petersburg. 

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Send out the clowns? Russian culture ministry urged to impose limits on foreign circuses

11 January 2017 · Russia
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The Moscow State Circus performing in the UK in 2011. Photo by DirkJan Ranzijn under a CC licence.

The public council of the Ministry of Culture has proposed limiting the activity of foreign circuses operating in Russia, with a view to protecting the nation’s “unique” brand of big-top entertainment.

Announcing the proposals, the chairman of the council, Pavel Pazhigailo asked why Russia “should protect gherkins and tomatoes but not culture” — a reference to agricultural measures taken by the Russian government in response to international sanctions against the country.

“Our circus culture is highly professional, it hasn’t developed along the lines of light entertainment, objectively it is more precious,” he continued. Pozhigailo also noted that Russian circuses could not compete with the budgets of famous foreign brands like Cirque du Soleil. In 2008, the French company announced long-term investment in the Russian market, with its partner company Cirque du Soleil Rus now active in Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan.

The proposals, which include a legal limit on the number of performances by foreign circus companies per year as well as stricter regulation of non-Russian performers, were submitted in December 2016 and set for ministerial consideration at the end of this month.

 

Source: Rambler News Source

Trans-Siberian photography exhibition opens in Paris

10 March 2016
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Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, 2012

Jacob Aue Sobol’s Arrivals and Departures series goes on show today in Polka Galerie in Paris. The images exhibited are a documentation of the Danish artist’s journey on the Trans-Siberian express in 2012. Along the 10,000 km trip between Moscow and Beijing, Aue Sobol photographed passengers on the train and passing landscapes: Russian forests, Mongolian deserts and Chinese mountains. “The legendary Trans-Siberian is a journey I’ve always wanted to make. I was born in Denmark, a country you can cross in five hours. But Russia is something else, it is a huge country!“ says Aue Sobol. 

Born in 1976 in Copenhagen, Sobol was admitted in 1998 to Fatamorgana, the Danish School of Documentary and Art Photography. There he developed a personal photograpic style which later informed his photographs of Tiilerilaaq, a settlement on the east coast of Greenland where he lived between 1999 and 2002. In 2007 Aue Sobol became a nominee of Magnum Photos. 

The exhibition runs at Polka Galerie from 11 March to 21 May 2016. 

See portraits from Arrival and Departures featured at The Calvert Journal here

Pop-up cinema proposed for new Russian space station

9 November 2015 · Kaluga · Uglegorsk · Russia
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The Vostochny Cosmodrome under construction in Russia’s eastern Amur Oblast (photo by Roscosmos under a CC licence)

Film producer Oleg Teterin has requested permission from the Russian space agency Roscosmos to build a pop-up cinema in the Vostochny Cosmodrome spaceport, currently under construction in Russia’s Far East.

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