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Arts Calendar / January 25 / Exhibitions
Alexander III the Peacemaker
The Historical Museum opens an exhibition dedicated to the 175th anniversary of the birth of Emperor Alexander III, one of the most iconic rulers of Russia. "Alexander III was given a little over 13 years of reign. During this time he tried to lead Russia out of its disastrous political and economic situation, while at the same time setting the task of preserving and strengthening autocratic power. The Emperor in every possible way encouraged interest in the history of his own country, tried to maintain the spirit of national self-awareness, patriotic feelings and pride for his Fatherland. The purpose of our exhibition is to reveal the image of Alexander III both as a sovereign and as a person", — says Alexey Levykin, director of the Historical Museum. The archival documents displayed for the first time will reflect the complex process of solving the Empire's foreign policy problems in Europe, the Balkans and the Far East. Despite the peace policy Alexander III paid great attention to the issue of strengthening power of the Army and Navy — "the only allies of Russia". The exhibition will present samples of firearms and until recently secret evidence of the Emperor's strategic intentions regarding the Black Sea Fleet. A special place in the exposition is occupied by memorial objects, which reveal the Emperor’s personality, his world view, human qualities and family relations. Among the exhibits are school notebooks and report cards, children's weapons and a desk chair from the study in the Anichkov Palace, family photos and items from the Emperor's personal collections.
State Historical Museum 
Andrey Grositsky. Objectivity
The Moscow Museum of Modern Art presents Objectivity, an exhibition of Andrey Grositsky. Numerous works from different collections (not only paintings, but also graphics and objects that inspired the artist) are brought together under one curatorial idea of Sergey Khachaturov: to show the art of Andrey Grositsky in different complex contexts, from a dialogue with contemporaries to a premonition of ideas inherent in the metalanguage of present day millennials. Andrey Grositsky is a contemporary Russian artist whose work is genetically related to Russian non-conformism or ’other art’. Today he is perceived as one of the leading artists who conceptualized pictorial plasticity in his works. Grositsky is commonly referred to as one of the founders of the Russian ‘pop art’. The exhibition is located on the third floor of the main building of the Museum on Petrovka 25 and includes more than 120 works. The first two rooms introduce the viewer to Grositsky’s key works, in which household items, pieces of rusty metal, keys, and locks transcend the usual format of the canvas. The most ordinary things in his paintings live in immense space and aspire to become sculptures, they look as if cramped in a closed frame. Cosmic Artisan, a large-scale installation by Vlad Ogai anchors the space. The exposition in Room 3 is concerned with the three main issues raised in a dialogue between Grositsky and his contemporaries.
Moscow Museum of Modern Art  
Artyom Vasilkov: Hero-locomotive
An exhibition of works by industrial photographer Artyom Vasilkov "Hero-locomotive" is dedicated to the visual comprehension of the industrial aesthetics of steam locomotives as symbols of high-tech movement. The goal of the project is to convey the image of the railway industry, which is based on the inextricable link between a steam locomotive and a person. On the one hand, the exhibition includes images of unique locomotives that are of great interest not only from the point of view of their historical value, but no less aesthetically, as combinations of bizarre textures and rhythms that capture the imagination. On the other hand, an integral part of the project is the portraits of unknown heroes of the railway industry, whose dedicated work and enthusiasm allow maintaining the smooth functioning of the railways, without which the daily life of modern society is unthinkable. Thus, both components of the project create a realistic picture of the unity of the power of metal and physical strength, combined with the firmness of a person’s character,which reflects the essence of the concept "locomotive". (Source: gallerix.org)
Classic Photography Gallery 
British Posters of the Late 19th and Early 20th Centuries
The Pushkin State Museum presents the exhibition “Ad Art. British commercial posters of the late 19th — early 20th century from the collection of the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts.” The exhibition includes more than 150 advertising prints from the Museum’s collection of artworks by the most significant English artists and designers, such as Aubrey Beardsley, the Beggarstaff Brothers, Edward McKnight Kauffer, Tom Purvis, Edward Bawden, Austin Cooper, and other masters who made London the design capital of the world. The exhibition, which coincides with the publication of the catalogue raisonné for the British poster collection of the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, continues the series of Museum projects dedicated to the research and restoration work for the renovation of fragile documents of the era—pieces of early industrial printing. These include illustrated ads, political posters, and pieces of commercial lithography such as business cards, invitations, and bookplates.
Pushkin Fine Arts Museum 
Chukotka. An Epic Saga
The exhibition is dedicated to the 90th anniversary of the Chukotka Autonomous Okrug and is held as part of the new project "Big Photo Premiere". The project is aimed at developing and shaping the modern photographic culture of Russia. The active cooperation of the center with the regions of Russia makes it possible not only to support Russian photographers, but also introduce the viewer to the unique nature and culture of this country and create an artistic photo encyclopedia that reflects the image of modern Russia. "Big Photo Premiere" starts with a joint project of Oleg Zotov and IDA Ruchina under the name "Chukotka. An Epic Saga. Introduction». By means of art photography, the authors demonstrate Chukotka, an incredible land where the everyday things are intertwined with the heroic, and the epic is an integral part of modern life. (Source: Russia IC)
Tretyakov Gallery at Krymsky Val 
Gustav Klimt. Gold of Modernism
Portraits, landscapes and images of nude female nature in the format of an immersive show. Exciting, sensual, innovative - those epithets accurately describe the paintings of Gustav Klimt. At the exhibition “Gustav Klimt. The Gold of Modernism” you will not only see all the major works that provided the artist with a world-wide fame, but thanks to the Cinema360 technology you will plunge inside his canvases. The oeuvres of his “golden period” literally glow from the inside and are comparable in it power on the spectator with icons. The hall space flooded with golden light represents a total multimedia installation immersing the spectator into the sensual world of female images surrounded by a charming music. The total projection area is 1200 sq.m. Portraits, landscapes, decorative compositions and images of nude nature, which carried out a revolutionary takeover in Viennese painting, are presented at the exhibition in the format of a bright and spectacular immersive show. Surrounded by music and color, the spectator seems to be flooded in a magical world.
Artplay na Yauze 
Moscow of Naum Granovsky 1920–1980
The new exhibition of the Soviet photographer Naum Granovsky’s work is a large retrospective project that combines famous photographs of old Moscow from the 20s and the Stalin era, as well as lesser-known works created by Granovsky during the period of Soviet modernism. More than a hundred of Granovsky’s works presented at the exhibition will show how the capital changed and how Soviet architecture developed over the course of sixty years. This will allow viewers not only to remember the forgotten pages in the city’s history, but also to appreciate what we are losing today. Throughout Granovsky’s career, from the 1930s through the 1980s, his primary subject was Moscow, and the industrial, architectural, and social changes that swept the city throughout the twentieth century — from the rapid growth of the city in the 1930s, to the defense of the city during World War II, to its reconstruction and transformation in the post-war period. Granovsky’s style combined aspects of traditional pictorial photography with avant-garde perspectives and techniques, and is characterized by precise and rigorous compositions. His work shows an ongoing interest in transportation in all its forms: from the construction of the Metro and the individual character of its stations to the varied traffic that increasingly filled the streets and bridges of Moscow as the decades passed.
Lumiere Brothers Photogallery 
Oriental Treasures in the Moscow Kremlin Museums' Collection
The collection of the Moscow Kremlin Museums contains unique art pieces reflecting the centuries-old history of relations between Russia and Oriental countries. Among them are State regalia, ceremonial weapons, magnificent horse harness, pieces made of gold and precious stones, luxurious fabrics, works of stone-carving art, presented in the 16th-19th centuries as diplomatic gifts or purchased for royal use. However, in later times, during the Soviet era, the Kremlin's collection was further enriched with material evidence of the country's strengthening its international position, its high status and intensively developing cultural ties with Oriental countries. A special value of these works is reflected both in their precious decoration and the highest level of artistic performance, while their exceptional rarity emphasizes the memorial and historical significance. Many of them are directly associated with Russian rulers and prominent statesmen, as well as with great events in Russian history. These artefacts appeared in the Armory Chamber as gifts to Russian tsars from Iranian shahs and Turkish sultans in the context of diplomatic and trade contacts or as gifts to a tsar from his relatives, some valuable items got to the treasury from the escheat of famous boyars and prominent statesmen.
Moscow Kremlin Museums 
Paolo Roversi: Looking for Juliet. Pirelli Calendar 2020
“There’s a Juliet in every woman, and I will never stop looking for her,” says Roversi, who invited nine women, including Emma Watson, Claire Foy and his daughter, to present their ideal version of the Shakespearean heroine. “Some of these models really are muses for me. There is an exchange between us. They make all my dreaming about beauty and family and sensuality concrete because the connection is so strong,” said Paolo Roversi in an interview with BJP-online in November 2017. Two years on, Roversi was invited to produce the prestigious Pirelli Calendar, and yesterday, his vision and muses were unveiled. Claire Foy, Mia Goth, Chris Lee, Indya Moore, Rosalía, Yara Shahidi, Kristen Stewart, Emma Watson and Roversi’s daughter, Stella Roversi, star in the calendar’s 47th edition, Looking for Juliet. Roversi wanted to tap into the Juliet that “exists in every woman”, imagining the process as a would-be casting call to find the perfect heroine. The Italian photographer produced a portrait of each woman as if they were auditioning for the role, then asked them to reenact their version of the ideal character from Shakespeare’s drama.
Multimedia Art Museum 
Pavel Leonov: Through the Looking-Glass
The Moscow Museum of Modern Art presents Pavel Leonov: Through the Looking Glass, a retrospective exhibition marking the 100th anniversary of the artist. Pavel Leonov is one of the leading figures among the Russian self-taught painters. His works won international acclaim and in 1984 his name was included in the World Encyclopedia of Naive Art. The exposition features works from the state and private collections in Moscow and other Russian regions, which broadly cover the main themes and periods in Leonov’s work — from his first attempts in painting to the works made in the last years of his life. Even though Leonov received wide recognition in his later years, throughout the most of his career the artist did not belong to the professional art scene. Leonov’s art is closely connected with the rich folk tradition. It can be found in the themes of his paintings, in their attributes and symbols, in the depiction of human faces which resemble masks. It is also apparent in his colors which are of intrinsic value to each composition and yet define Leonov’s artistic individuality. All the works of Pavel Leonov are essentially autobiographical. Events from his personal life story are captured in each painting. The picturesque canvases, large and small, depict subjects still vivid in the author’s memory, impressions, historic events, past life situations. The cycles of paintings reproduce collisions in the artist’s uneasy life path, arranging them as a myth, a dream of a better age, a timeless utopia instead of a consistent and accurate narrative.
Moscow Museum of Modern Art  
Rob Woodcox. Natural Ties
Rob Woodcox is a fine art and fashion photographer currently living between Mexico and the US. As he creates each artwork, Rob strives to capture fragments of a vivid life sewn by the threads of reality, memory and dream. Each concept is a declaration of his experience and seeks to tell a meaningful story to each individual that views it. Rob's passion for photography has developed into a dedication to advocacy and making strained voices heard. Rob has produced projects raising consciousness and conversation around the US foster system and adoption, queer identity, body neutrality, racial equality and environmental justice. Having been adopted as a child and interacting often with the foster care system, Rob creates from a unique perspective, finding hope in human connection and the will to overcome negative constructs within our complex societies. When he is not creating photographs, Rob mentors artists, travels, cooks, backpacks and gets lost on whichever adventures present themselves.
Lumiere Brothers Photogallery 
Tomás Saraceno. Moving Atmospheres
The tenth Garage Atrium Commission is an installation by Argentinian artist Tomás Saraceno, who is known for his works at the intersection of art, technology, and environmental advocacy. A product of Saraceno’s long-standing occupation with lighter than air movement and utopian modes of co-existing, the installation for Garage is the largest presentation of his practice in Russia to date. Moving Atmospheres, a partially mirrored sphere suspended in the air, propels us toward an Aerocene epoch. Saraceno’s call to this new era is championed by the multi-disciplinary community group Aerocene. For more than a decade he has been imagining a world free from the carbon, extractivism, capitalism, and patriarchy that fuels some forms of life, a new way of being with the atmosphere and emissions-free travel, free from solar panels, lithium, helium, hydrogen, and fossil fuels. This new era stands in stark contrast to the lingering eco-traumas of the Anthropocene, the current geological age in which some human capitalistic activity has been the dominant influence on climate and the environment.
Garage Museum of Contemporary Art  
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