Tag Archives: Vladimir Medinsky

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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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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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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Russian Minister of Culture fires commissioner Grigory Revzin just weeks before the Venice Architecture Biennale

In Russia this week brings a near-comical number of prizes – the St Petersburg-based Kurokhin Prize, the National Center for Contemporary Art’s Innovation Prize, the newly-formed Art Newspaper Russia Prize, the Moscow Museum of Multimedia Art’s Golden Camera…  Basically, just … Continue reading

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Moscow Museums on the Move: Some short updates

While the world calculates its Venice schedule, Moscow has taken this week to make a few major announcements regarding its museums, including the iconic Museum of Moscow. First, following the success of last week’s Night at the Museum program, Minister … Continue reading

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“The End of Fun” for the Russian Art World?: A Look Back at 2012

2012 will go down as the Year of the Balaclava for the Russian Art World, the year when all the world put on their Free Pussy Riot t-shirts and smiled for the cameras. (Which, admittedly, is still a big step … Continue reading

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BAM- and then it hits Brooklyn! – The Prokhorov Fund partners with BAM right as Russia’s Ministry of Culture seeks to cut off its museums

The Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) has permeated the NY consciousness with its ubiquitous advertising campaign “BAM – And then it hits you,” an often-unsettling array of scenarios in which city-dwellers at their most Gregory Crewdson-esque are caught in moments … Continue reading

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