Tag Archives: Mikhail Piotrovsky

Swearbots, Pussy Riot, and a glimpse Out of Time

Admittedly, from the Western perspective, things have been a bit rocky in Russia lately. (In a piece for the New Republic, satirical bloggers Kermlin suggested giving up optimism and instead start placing bets on the worst possible outcomes, as either way you’re … Continue reading

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Innovation honors Monroe, FIAC in Petersburg, and Bugaev Strikes Again

So with so much going on, we’ve decided to start a kind of digest format. Let us know what you think? This year’s Innovation Prize will pay tribute Monroe This week, Innovation – the Russia National Center for Contemporary Art‘s … Continue reading

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A Call for Proposals to Reimagine Russia’s National Center for Contemporary Art

A few days ago, Sophia Kishkovsky published an article on The Art Newspaper titled “Moscow biennial curator and artists explain why we shouldn’t boycott Russia,” in which Biennale curator Catherine de Zegher compares provocative art to fast food (“It flares up, then it’s finished.”) What was … Continue reading

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Petitions, Propaganda and Manifesta 2014: A “Neutral Space for Discussion”?

So, speaking of petitions, we have had quite a few Manifesta-related versions sent to our inboxes recently. The most prominent was penned by Noel Kelly, on Change.Org. It states, very plainly that, in light of Russia’s recent, very controversial legislature … 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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Restitution in the News: The Met’s return of two Cambodian Sculptures may aid Antonova

Last week, we reported how newly-appointed Chief Curator of Russian Museums Irina Antonova did not waste time, promptly petitioning Putin (on national TV, no less) to consider re-establishing the Museum of Modern Western Art. Originally founded in 1919, and 1923, the … Continue reading

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Feeling Philanthropic (Sort of): Major Changes on the way for Russian Art Museums?

On April 11, Minister of Culture Vladimir Medinsky named Irina Antonova – director of the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts since 1961 – as Chief Curator of Russian Museums. While at 91 years old (far and away the world’s oldest director … Continue reading

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