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5 St. Petersburg Bands You Should Know
March 28, 2016

5 St. Petersburg Bands You Should Know

By Elena Bobrova

St. Petersburg (or Leningrad) has always occupied a special place in the world of Russian music. Famous for its rich classical traditions, especially at the Mariinsky Theater, in the second part of the twentieth century St. Petersburg became the epicenter of underground and experimental music.

Modigliani and Akhmatova in Paris
March 05, 2016

Modigliani and Akhmatova in Paris

By Tamara Eidelman

We know comparatively little about the relationship between Akhmatova and Modigliani, but sometimes a few pictures can speak volumes. In honor of Anna Akhmatova's birthday (June 11, old style; June 23 new style), we reprint this essay, originally published in Russian Life, Jan/Feb 2011.

5 Reasons Silver is Precious
December 17, 2015

5 Reasons Silver is Precious

By Alice E.M. Underwood

As a metal, Silver means second place; as a period of poetic production in Russia, the Silver Age is unparalleled. The years 1890-1925 (give or take) stand out for the explosion of poetic voices, forms, and innovations. With help from the recently published Russian Silver Age Poetry, we explore what sets that period apart.

Faberge Documentary is a Jewel
June 23, 2015

Faberge Documentary is a Jewel

By Paul E. Richardson

It is nice to come across a documentary about Russia that is not all Sturm and Drang, Stalin and Purges, mafia and Putin. The story of Peter Carl Fabergé and the jewelry empire he built is a truly remarkable story, and it is the focus of this new documentary from Arts Alliance.

Terror and Art
March 01, 2014

Terror and Art

By Joy Neumeyer

A witness to the turning point that was Patriarch Tikhon’s funeral, artist Pavel Korin devoted the rest of his life to putting it on canvas.

Exiled Cartoonist
May 01, 2013

Exiled Cartoonist

By Eric Niderost

From 1923 to 1941 Russian émigré Georgy Sapozhnikov was the most famous political cartoonist in Asia, applying his talent and perceptiveness to issues domestic and international.

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