Moscow to celebrate avant-garde poet Vladimir Mayakovsky

Moscow to celebrate avant-garde poet Vladimir Mayakovsky
Vladimir Mayakovsky in 1930

11 July 2016

Later this month Moscow will host Mayakovsky Day and Mayakovsky Night, a celebration of the Russian avant-garde poet, playwright, and artist Vladimir Mayakovsky.

Timed to coincide with Mayakovsky’s birthday on 19 July, the festivities for Mayakovsky Day will begin with visits to the poet’s grave at the Novodevichy cemetery, followed by free tours of the The effect of time: the impact of the Russian avant-garde on contemporary fashion exhibition, hosted by the Avant-Garde Centre at the city’s Jewish Museum. In addition, the museum will hold a lecture entitled Mayakovsky: Triumph and Tragedy.

The evening programme, Mayakovsky Night, will see enthusiasts transported from Chistye Prudy to Shabolovka on the “On the tram with Mayakovsky” tour, followed by a screening of the 1928 film The Glass Eye, a half-fiction-half-documentary directed by the poet’s muse, Lilya Brik.

Earlier this year it was reported that an apartment on Moscow’s Krasnaya Presnya street that was once home to Mayakovsky and his family is due to open in July 2018 to coincide with the 125th anniversary of the poet’s birth.

Source: Afisha (in Russian)