“Let us admit, that many people live automatically, and act under their own steam. While they don’t know themselves and don’t understand others. Down with functioning in society! Down with functioning in private relationships. Down with being robots! It is better to stand still than to act unconsciously and not knowing why.
New Wave in Conceptual Art is coming to Venice Biennale this year from Russia. Venice Biennale, the Olympics of the art world, is hosting The Russian Pavilion with the installation “Empty Zones” by Andrei Monastyrsky and his art group Collective Actions, pioneers of Russian performance and installation art.
One of the largest and oldest museums in the world, Hermitage in St.Petersburg, is hosting an exhibition of one of the best-known American portrait photographers, Annie Leibovitz, this summer. “Annie Leibovitz: A Photographer’s Life 1990–2005” is on view through Sept. 21 at the State Hermitage Museum.
Sergei’s art is a strange combination of high aestheticism and folk “roots”, modernistic extravaganza and dadaistic fragility, symbolic bottomlessness and Russian past print metaphysics, artistic refinement and graphic roughness. But even all of those put together do not make his art unprofessional or eclectic. Rather, it transmits giant spiritual experience and marks the beginning of the sacred, mysterious, the beginning…
Google, and it means the whole world, is celebrating 450th anniversary of Saint Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow today. The world is remaining to be in flux, and the flux today seems to bring warm Russian-America winds. What all this mean for us, remains to be seen.
Russian animation project: “Lullabies Of The World” is a collection of animated films based on lullabies of different nations. Every lullaby is performed in its original language. The plot of the movie is based on the story told in the lullaby. Visual images reflect the lifestyle and traditions of each nation.
Russian cinema, or “kino”, is considered to be among the most influential in the world. Though it has been in decline for the past 20 years, it may finally see signs of revival as well as the beginning of a Russian-American cultural partnership.
In art, reality has its own ratings and fashion. An artist’s success is not in a place occupied, but in time. There in need style-made policy. Our mainstream is defined with a circle of our colleagues and friends. They are not very young, all our people are nice, but one wouldn’t call them super trendy, that’s why our mainstream is…
Fears of a dire crisis for the art market following the deadly terrorist attacks against the World Trade Center twin towers in New York and the Pentagon in Washington seemed to fade away between November 5th and 7th 2001 thanks to a series of record bids during the sales of the Hoener, Smooke and Gaffé collections.
Russian fine art of the end of the 20th century dropped out of art critics view due to Perestroika. Sots art of Perestroika period was at the center of attention, because there was quite a recognized political context, and the interest towards Russia, concerning politics was equal to zero.
Two small Ivan Aivasovskys paintings on sale at Sotheby’s New York this year.
The Lomonosov Imperial manufacture of porcelains will remain Russian, a Saint Petersburg court decided on October 8th 1999. Some American investors had bought shares of the manufacture but Russian authorities did not want to see such cultural institution fall into foreign hands.