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Arts Calendar / February 27 / 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 
Hieronymus Bosch. Professor of Nightmares
Strange, weird, frightening – the most frequent epithets mentioned to describe the works of Bosch. All the superstitions and fears that tortured the medieval man, are reported in his works. It is no coincidence that his world known painting "Garden of earthly delights", represents the human kind trapped in its own sins and absorbed all the atmosphere of the epoch, has become a symbol of the Middle Age. Bosch is considered as the author of around 30 works, but only seven of them are signed by the author. None of the paintings has a name given by Bosch himself. All of them were attributed later by researchers of his work. His life is known even less — he came from a family of hereditary artists, married profitably, had no children, was a member of a religious organization called the “Brotherhood of the virgin Mary”. Who is Hieronymus Bosch? Some consider him as a surrealist, calling him "Honorary Professor of nightmares." Others argue that in his work encrypted secrets of alchemists, astrologers and sorcerers of the time. Still others classify the artist as a heretic, calling an adept of forbidden sects, although it is known that Bosch was an extremely religious man. At the exhibition "BOSCH. Professor of nightmares" you will see a real carnival of terrible and at the same time attractive works of the painter. The Cinema360 technology will allow you to merge inside the famous triptych Bosch "Garden of earthly delights."
Artplay na Yauze 
Irina Petrakova. Manifested by Disappearance
The Moscow Museum of Modern Art is happy to announce a solo exhibition of Irina Petrakova exploring the changing relationship between the body and the environment. The exhibition is held in two rooms of the Moscow Museum of Modern Art on Petrovka. The viewer will find themself in a place that has been transformed through the corporeal practices of the author with images serving as a reminder of her presence. Instead of organic traces typical for humans, the viewer will see painting and graphics — the human is replaced by the artificial, drawing becomes experiencing. Irina Petrakova is an artist and a co-organizer at the Center Red (Moscow, 2015-2018). Her recent solo exhibitions include: Come and Hide (Iragui Gallery, Moscow, 2018), Explain it to the Dark (Center Red, Moscow, 2016). She is also actively engaged in artistic and educational practice with children and adolescents. Her works are part of the collections of the Ruarts Foundation, ZARIA Center, Iragui Gallery and private collections. The artist lives and works in Moscow.
Moscow Museum of Modern Art  
Peter Cornish: The Passage of Time
Peter Cornisch, 83, is one of the most important authors of contemporary Hungarian photography. The exhibition "The Passage of Time" will feature works that are significant for his work, which reflect the traditional peasant culture of the last 50 years. The exhibition presents a rich palette of photographs from different years: from the first pictures at a traditional dance evening in Transylvania in 1967 to a conceptual series of recent years, which is dedicated to Transylvanian women looking for work in Budapest. These works illustrate the irreversible processes of globalization that have influenced both the life of a single family and the culture of villagers in general. A retrospective of the Hungarian photographer, filled with the magical aura of the settlements of Transylvania and the Carpathian region, shows a world where time seems to have stood still: even when looking for work in modern Budapest, local women continue to wear traditional dresses. (Source: gallerix.org)
Classic Photography Gallery 
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  
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.
Artplay na Yauze 
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