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An August Update

August is upon us, and although we have shifted to our traditional summer schedule, we wanted to fill you in on the latest in Russian art and culture, and give you something to look forward to in September. Moscow’s Garage … Continue reading

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Soft Power: Russia and the Caucuses at the Venice Biennale

The Russian Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale, which opened to the public on May 9th, made history: for the first time since the founding of the pavilion in 1914, the country was represented by a female artist, Irina Nakhova. … Continue reading

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The Show Must Go On?

Apparently, we rushed to conclusions in our last post when we decided that the lynching of The Novosibirsk State Academy Opera and its contemporary take on Wagner’s Tannhäuser was over. After the opera’s director, Timofei Kulyabin, was found not guilty … Continue reading

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State of the Art

Exactly three years after Pussy Riot’s famous Punk Prayer performance in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, the Russian Orthodox Church has once again found itself offended by blasphemous art. This time around, the “culprit” is 30 year-old award-winning opera … Continue reading

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All For Nothing

Following its very public condemnation of anti – patriotic art (case in point – Leviathan, Andrey Zvyagintsev’s Oscar – nominated film), the Russian Ministry of Culture has decided to put its money where its mouth is. This week, it has … Continue reading

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Leviathan Triumphs in LA, Vishneva Takes the Stage in NY

2015 is off to a great start for Russian cinema (if not for Russia itself): Andrei Zvyagintsev took home a Golden Globe for “Leviathan” in the Best Foreign Language Film category the other night in Los Angeles. Zvyagintsev’s “Leviathan”, a tragic … Continue reading

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Holy Politics, Unholy Economics

With the ruble hitting record-breaking lows, it has been a challenging December in Moscow, but the mood is one of “we have seen this before and know how to live through it.” Holiday shopping has been extreme as Russians are … Continue reading

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