“What can be more tragic than to feel the boundlessness of the surrounding beauty and to be able to see in it its underlying mystery… and yet to be aware of your own inability to express these large feelings” ~ Isaak Levitan
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.
The collection of the State Hermitage includes more than three million works of art and artefacts of the world culture. Among them are paintings, graphic works, sculptures and works of applied art, archaeological finds and numismatic material.
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 of all beginnings.
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.
“Lullabies Of The World” project was created in 2005. About 20 animations produced so far. These are my favorites.
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.