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Moscow mega museum scrapped as officials fail to foot $240M price tag

21 September 2018 · Moscow · Russia
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  • Image: Heneghan Peng Architects

  • Image: Heneghan Peng Architects

Russian officials have abandoned a flagship project to build of a new State Center for Contemporary Arts in Moscow.

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Vote for The Calvert Journal at the 2018 Lovie Awards

20 September 2018 · Russia
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(Image: Lovie Awards / Facebook)

The Calvert Journal has been named as a finalist in the 8th Annual Lovie Awards.

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Heading to Tbilisi? The New East Travel Guide is the only app you’ll need

20 September 2018 · Tbilisi · Georgia
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Autumn might already be here, but if you’re looking for a last minute getaway with a guaranteed dose of sunshine, then there’s no better destination than Tbilisi.

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A major exhibition of Kazakh art has opened in London

20 September 2018 · Kazakhstan
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  • Image: Propagandists by Zitta Sultanbaeva

  • Image: Industrial Ornament by Saule Dussembina

  • Image: From Peri Series by Bakhyt Bubikanova

  • Image: Skyline by Saule Suleimenova

  • Image: Butterflies Of Aisha-Bibi by Almagul Menlibayeva

The best of Kazakhstan’s contemporary art scene is touring the world with four new exhibitions spanning the United States, South Korea, London and Berlin.

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Check out the feminist pop anthem making waves in Kyrgyzstan

19 September 2018 · Kyrgyzstan
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  • Kyz by Zere in Kyrgyz with Russian subtitles.

A Bishkek student is dividing Kyrgyzstan with a her viral feminist pop anthem.

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Kazakhstan’s first centre for contemporary culture is launching in Almaty

18 September 2018 · Almaty · Kazakhstan
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  • Image: Tselinny Centre of Contemporary Culture, 2018. Photo:  Maria Popova

  • Image: Tselinny Centre of Contemporary Culture, 1960s. From the album “Alma-Ata”,  1978.  Compiled by M.  Baisurov.  Central State Archives of Films,  Photographs and Sound Recordings of the Republic of Kazakhstan

Creatives in Kazakhstan have announced new plans to open the country’s first Center of Contemporary Culture in Almaty.

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These vintage Eastern Bloc postcards are an architecture lover’s dream

18 September 2018 · Bulgaria · Hungary · Poland · Russia · Soviet Union · Ukraine
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  • Broken Ring Monument, 1966. Lake Ladoga, Karelian ASSR

  • Institute for Scientific, Technical and Economic Information, 1971 Kiev, Ukrainian SSR

  • Children’s art class, 198. Novopolotsk, Byelorussian SSR

  • Defenders of Odessa Memorial, 1980s. Odessa, Ukrainian SSR

  • Recreation home of the Ministry of the Interior, 1970s. Budapest, Hungarian PR

  • Hotel Forum, 1975. Warsaw, Polish PR

  • Polytechnical Institute, 1972. Irkutsk, USSR

  • Residential housing, late 1970s. Chișinău, Moldavian SSR

  • Eastern Gate of Belgrade or Rudo Buildings, late 1970s. Belgrade, SFR Yugoslavia

  • Memorial to the Marines, 1978. Zhdanov, Ukrainian SSR

  • Ostankino Tower, 1967. Moscow, USSR

  • ‘Proletarian’ Cement Works, 1968. Novorossiysk, USSR

  • Buzludzha Monument, 1974. Central Balkan Mountains, PR Bulgaria

With flawless blue skies and the latest landmarks of cutting edge design, postcards from across the Soviet Union were miniature propaganda posters for the success of the communist system.  

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Vogue Italia transforms remote Russian village for high fashion photo shoot

17 September 2018 · Arkhangelsk · Russia
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  • Image: Johnny Dufort

  • Image: Johnny Dufort

  • Image: Johnny Dufort

  • Image: Johnny Dufort

  • Image: Johnny Dufort

  • Image: Johnny Dufort

  • Image: Johnny Dufort

  • Image: Johnny Dufort

  • Image: Johnny Dufort

  • Image: Johnny Dufort

  • Image: Johnny Dufort

The remote Arctic village of Chikinskaya has been catapulted into the pages of Vogue Italia after providing the latest exotic location for the magazine’s high-style photo shoots.

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WTF is Belarus? Meet the new street art project calling out international ignorance

14 September 2018 · Belarus
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  • Image: Natalie Reyne

  • Image: Natalie Reyne

  • Image: Natalie Reyne

  • Image: Natalie Reyne

  • Image: Natalie Reyne

  • Image: Natalie Reyne

When Belarusian artist Natalie Reyne went travelling the United States, she didn’t expect to end up answering the same questions again and again. Every time she introduced herself as a tourist from Belarus, she would get the same confused faces and the same question: “but where is that?”

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This new online talent hub is showcasing Russia’s best young photographers

13 September 2018 · Russia
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  • Image: Zhenya Zhulanova, Salehard (2015)

  • Image: Danila Tkachenko, Motherland (2016)

  • Image: Nikita Shokhov, Crimea (2014)

  • Image: Julia Borissova, Running to the Edge (2013)

  • Image: Dmitry Lookianov, Instant Tomorrow

  • Image: Jana Romanova, Waiting (2009-2015)

  • Image: Oksana Yushko, Victory Day in Grozny (2010)

  • Image: Olya Ivanova, Bologoe (2013)

  • Image: Irina Zadorozhnaia, Phantom (2016)

  • Image: Tatiana Vinogradova, Girls (2017)

St Petersburg-based art charity Foto Department have launched a new online database promoting the best in contemporary Russian photography.

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