Monthly Archives: July 2013

Out of the Forest: ArchStoyanie 2013

Normally, all conversation of Russia’s art scene focuses on Moscow. Yes, there is the “Second Capital,” St Petersburg, but that pristine sister has always been more interested in its own affairs. Occasionally, something from the provinces – Perm, Kaliningrad or … Continue reading

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Miss Charm: Pussy Riot denied parole

This week, both sentenced members of Pussy Riot – Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokina – were up for, and denied, parole. Masha – who was forbidden from attending her own hearing – reportedly did not meet parole requirements because she had committed … Continue reading

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Kandinsky Prize releases it 2013 Shortlist

The Russian art world is changing, rapidly. So rapidly, we hardly recognize it from the world of five years ago. In fact, it’s safe to say, we barely recognize it: most of the names on the shortlist for the 2013 … Continue reading

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Poslednyi Geroi: Georgy Guryanov (1961-2013)

On July 20, 2013, artist, musician and all-around arbiter of style in St Petersburg, Georgy Guryanov passed away, after months (and, really, years) of health problems. Guryanov – who also went by “Gustav” – is best known, perhaps, as the drummer … Continue reading

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End of Discussion: More Changes in PERMM?

Less than a month after reporting the firing of the fabled Marat Guelman from his post after a censorship snafu, the Museum of Modern Art PERMM – the go-to institution for “Yes! There CAN be Art in the Provinces!” arguments – is set to make … Continue reading

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Radical Changes to come in Moscow, so why not ArtMoscow as well…?

Today, the Russian internet went wild as the federal government sentenced popular opposition leader and would-be Moscow mayoral candidate Alexey Navalny to five years in prison and a $15,000 fine after finding him guilty of trumped-up charges of embezzlement (all … Continue reading

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No “Museum of Modern Western Art” for Moscow

Just a week after Irina Antonova stepped down (/was removed? The jury is still out) from her post of Director of the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, (with the more than capable Marina Loshak stepping in to fill her shoes), … Continue reading

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Pushkin Museum gets a New Director

Today it was announced that the unflagging Irina Antonova – up until this moment the oldest large-museum director in the world and also now the Chief Curator for Moscow’s Museums under the Ministry of Culture – has stepped down from … Continue reading

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