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Arts Calendar / May 6 / Exhibitions
Amateur Scholars of Russian History
The exhibition is dedicated to the famous 19th-century Russian collector Pavel Karabanov and his contemporaries – Muscovites, history enthusiasts and owners of unique private collections. The amateur scholars of history in the 18th and 19th centuries were defined as those whose concern for the fate of the country's historical heritage led them to search for, preserve and study relics of Russian antiquity. A particular interest in national antiquities began to develop in the enlightened circles of Russian society after the Patriotic War of 1812. Many priceless collections and unique rarities were lost in the fires. Lovers of national history turned their attention to search for the new artifacts and their introduction into the scientific sphere. As a result of this passion, private collections were actively forming, and in the 19th century, Russian history and art pieces became a significant part of them. The so-called Russian Museum of P.F. Karabanov became one of these collections. He began acquiring objects of Russian ancientry in the 1790s, long before the uprise of mass interest in this phenomenon. Pavel Fyodorovich was the heir of old Russian nobles, where family relics were carefully preserved. He had been creating his domestic museum for more than fifty years. By the mid-19th century, the collection was already quite extensive consisting of a museum section that included works of decorative and applied art, a library with valuable manuscripts, old printed books and autographs of famous Russians, there was also a print room and a numismatics gallery. Contemporaries called P.F. Karabanov’s Museum "the second Armoury Chamber".
Moscow Kremlin Museums 
Creation of the World
In all religions, the theme of God's creation of the world is one of the central tenets. This exhibition aims to show through artistic images the Christian understanding of the process of creation of the world and man, based on the biblical story. The exhibition will feature icons, sketches for temple paintings, engravings, books and decorative and applied art objects touching on this theme from museum and private collections. Among them are eight large-format sketches for the paintings of the vaults of the side aisles of St. Vladimir's Cathedral in Kiev, made by artists V.A. Kotarbinsky and P.A. Svedomsky in 1887-1895 with images of the Days of Creation. The participants of the exhibition are the Museum of Christian Art "Church-Archaeological Cabinet" of the Moscow Theological Academy, the Museum of Russian Icons named after Mikhail Abramov and private individuals. Mikhail Abramov and private collectors, among them K.V. Voronin, V.I. Nekrasov, M.S. Byvshev, V.V. Selivanov, K.P. Kalashnikov, the collection of the Avalov family, the collection of the Lipnitsky family and others. Curators: Head of the Department of Expertise and Artistic Conclusions, Ph. O.S. Nikolskaya.
Andrei Rublyov Museum 
Feast of the Annunciation
The Annunciation is one of the main feasts of the church calendar. It is dedicated to the story based on the Gospel of Luke - the appearance of the Archangel Gabriel to Mary with the good news of the birth of the Savior. The exhibition presents the icon of the Annunciation and chant manuscripts. The icon, created in the third quarter of the 16th century, combines dynamic iconography associated with the Novgorod artistic tradition with a soft manner of execution typical of Central Russian masters. Singing manuscripts with chants to the feast belong to different branches of Old Believers' literature - Guslitsy and Pomorie near Moscow. The second manuscript preserves some peculiarities of Old Russian singing culture - inserted syllables symbolizing the angelic language. The exhibition features the Magnificat "Archangel's Voice" and verses to the Annunciation performed by the Ex Libris ensemble under the direction of Daniil Sayapin. The recording was made especially for this exhibition project. The curator of the exhibition is L.V. Kondrashkova, senior researcher of the research department of the Andrei Rublev Museum, candidate of art history, musicologist.
Andrei Rublyov Museum 
Jewish Avant-Garde. Chagall, Altman, Shterenberg, and Others
The show will trace the emergence and development of Jewish modernism as a trailblazing phenomenon in 20th-century art. The exhibition explores one of the most dynamic periods in the culture of Russian Jews. The 1917 Revolution proclaimed the equality of all nations, which was followed by the abolition of residency restrictions for Jews that had been in force in the Russian Empire. As a result, dozens of talented Jewish artists and writers moved to Moscow and Petrograd, where they played a crucial role in shaping and advancing Soviet avant-garde. Thanks to newfound creative freedom, Jewish culture entered a period of unprecedented resurgence. Some of the finest Jewish artists such as Marc Chagall, Nathan Altman, Joseph Chaikov, Eliezer (El) Lissitzky, David Shterenberg, and other artists from various groups and movements made ingenious use of modernism’s innovations in their experiments as they sought to create «new Jewish art.»
Jewish Museum & Tolerance Center 
Kaleidoscope of Collections. Rarities of the Museum Collection
The Museum of Contemporary History of Russia collection (former the Museum of the Revolution of the USSR) was formed under the influence of the events taking place in the state. Initially, the museum was created as the museum of the revolutionary and democratic movement, and it saw its main tasks as showing the glorious revolutionary past, the chanting of the fighters against the autocracy, the story about the history of the CPSU (b). However, from the very first days, the museum began to receive not only documentary materials, but also the material relics. The museum actively complicated propaganda porcelain, art lacquers, metal and glass objects symbolizing the struggle of the working class for the fair world. When completing art collections, the plot has always been very important for the museum — the historical event reflected in the particular work, the disclosure of the surrounding life actual themes by artistic means. Thus, the collection of decorative and applied arts was gradually formed. The Museum of the Revolution storages were actively replenished with the gifts from the Soviet and foreign delegations to leaders of the state, prominent political and economic figures of the country, as well as with the products made in the single copy for the opening of various congresses and party conferences. Despite the fact that these items were created by the best masters of their time, not all of them could be exhibited in the permanent exhibition. In different years, the museum staff found many ways to show art relics to visitors: these were exhibitions of gifts, and visible storage of museum collections, and, finally, the exhibition that you see now — “Kaleidoscope of Collections. Rarities of the Museum Collection”.
Museum of Contemporary History of Russia 
Pavel Karabanov and Moscow Collectors of the 19th Century
The exhibition is dedicated to the famous 19th-century Russian collector Pavel Karabanov and his contemporaries – Muscovites, history enthusiasts and owners of unique private collections. The amateur scholars of history in the 18th and 19th centuries were defined as those whose concern for the fate of the country's historical heritage led them to search for, preserve and study relics of Russian antiquity. A particular interest in national antiquities began to develop in the enlightened circles of Russian society after the Patriotic War of 1812. Many priceless collections and unique rarities were lost in the fires. Lovers of national history turned their attention to search for the new artifacts and their introduction into the scientific sphere. As a result of this passion, private collections were actively forming, and in the 19th century, Russian history and art pieces became a significant part of them. The so-called Russian Museum of P.F. Karabanov became one of these collections. He began acquiring objects of Russian ancientry in the 1790s, long before the uprise of mass interest in this phenomenon. Pavel Fyodorovich was the heir of old Russian nobles, where family relics were carefully preserved. He had been creating his domestic museum for more than fifty years. By the mid-19th century, the collection was already quite extensive consisting of a museum section that included works of decorative and applied art, a library with valuable manuscripts, old printed books and autographs of famous Russians, there was also a print room and a numismatics gallery. Contemporaries called P.F. Karabanov’s Museum "the second Armoury Chamber".
Moscow Kremlin Museums 
The Imprint of the Epoch. Vladimir Lagrange
Lumiere Gallery presents the exhibition project “The Imprint of the Epoch. Vladimir Lagrange”, dedicated to the anniversary of the author. Vladimir Lagrange (1939-2022), who would have turned 85, went down in the history of Soviet photography primarily as an outstanding reporter of the “Thaw” era. The sharpness of perception and sensitivity to the heroes of his time became decisive in the work of the master. His lust for life and tireless creative searches have been embodied in a rich visual archive, with which the Lumiere Gallery has been working for more than twenty years. The project was based on little-known works by Lagrange, revealing one of the most productive periods of the author’s work: “Installation of power lines, 1971”, “Intermission in the Kremlin, 1960s”, “Hooray, holidays! 1984”. The presented plots with portraits of workers, images of thawed childhood and essays on the instructions of the publishing house offer a deeper study of the author’s work. The exhibition also featured iconic works beloved by collectors and photography enthusiasts, such as “Goalkeeper, 1961”, “To work. Moscow, 1967”, “In a hurry. The 1960s”, “Young ballerinas, 1962”.
Lumiere Gallery 
Van Gogh. Letters to Theo
The correspondence with his brother Theo covers the two large periods when the life and creations of Van Gogh falls apart – the Dutch and French periods. Letters to Theo is a breathtaking, unique document stretching over hundreds of pages. This is a dialogue not only with the addressee, but with himself, God, and the whole world as well. It looks like a cry of pain. Visitors of this multimedia exhibition will not only see more than 400 masterpieces of Van Gogh written in different periods of his life - in the Netherlands, in Paris, in Arles, in Auvers-sur-Oise, but also hear the story told in letters from the first- person. The new and unique technology Cinema360 will help you to totally immerse yourself into the artist's oeuvres - images are not projected only on the walls, but even on the floor and on the rear projection screens that visually change the geometry of the hall.
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