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Art

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March 16, 2017
Meet Four Russian Centenarians
Meet Four Russian Centenarians

One hundred years ago, in 1917, Russia was wracked by revolution, famine, foreign war, and domestic unrest. And yet, throughout 1917, babies were born, lives were started. 

By Paul E. Richardson
Tags: history, women, 1917
March 10, 2017
Six Great Songs About St. Petersburg
Six Great Songs About St. Petersburg

Many Russian cities have songs about about them. Here are six of the best ones about Russia's Northern Capital – three by American artists, three by Russians.

By Elena Bobrova
Tags: music, St. Petersburg
March 6, 2017
Better Russia
Better Russia

Bob Blaisdell reviews Other Russias, an album of images and impressions of ordinary, unconnected Russian citizens who have unexpectedly found themselves activists. 

By Bob Blaisdell
Tags: art, illustration, dissent
February 17, 2017
Our Next Big Thing
Our Next Big Thing

We are excited to announce our next big project: Time Travel! And we'll document it with a book and a movie!

By Paul E. Richardson
Tags: books, history, 1917
January 25, 2017
Titan of the Russian Forest: An Ivan Shishkin Art Gallery
Titan of the Russian Forest: An Ivan Shishkin Art Gallery

Today marks the 185th birthday of the artist Ivan Shishkin, whose paintings evoke Russia's beauty and vastness. With a nickname like "Forest Tsar," his trees must be good.

By Alice E.M. Underwood
Tags: Russia, Shishkin, painting, art, Peredvizhniki, realism
January 24, 2017
Tchaikovsky
Tchaikovsky

Maria Plotnikova acquaints us with Tchaikovsky. No, not the composer, the town named for him in Siberia's Perm Krai.

By Maria Plotnikova
Tags: Tchaikovsky, Kama, Udmurtia
January 7, 2017
The Good, the Bad, and the Middling
The Good, the Bad, and the Middling

A tour of ten distinctive Moscow monuments that goes a long way to summarizing the state of the art in Russia today.

By Alexander Mozhaev
Tags: Moscow, art, monuments
December 13, 2016
Tyumen
Tyumen

Yulia Sulzhenko takes us to her hometown, Tyumen, Siberia's western capital, and the oil and gas capital of Russia.

By Yulia Sulzhenko
Tags: Siberia, oil, Lenin, rasputin
December 5, 2016
"We invented and changed the world": A Rodchenko Art Gallery
"We invented and changed the world": A Rodchenko Art Gallery

Photographer, painter, designer, and more, Alexander Rodchenko (born December 5, 1891) worked at the intersection of innovative art and radical politics. Here are 14 of his works. 

By Alice E.M. Underwood
Tags: Rodchenko, Russia, art, modernism, photography, Soviet Union
December 4, 2016
Abstraction Turns 150: A Vasily Kandinsky Art Gallery
Abstraction Turns 150: A Vasily Kandinsky Art Gallery

Vasily Kandinsky was a renowned abstract artist whose shapes and colors revolutionized twentieth-century modernist art. Here are 11 of his paintings in honor of his 150th.

By Alice E.M. Underwood
Tags: Kandinsky, Russia, art, modernism, abstract, abstraction
November 19, 2016
Famous People Who Studied Russian
Famous People Who Studied Russian

Studying Russian and finding it a bit challenging? You are not alone. Check out our list of famous people who have studied Russian, and find some fellow-sufferers...

By Letitia Rydjeski
Tags: immigration, Russians, us-russian relations
November 18, 2016
Famous Americans with Russian Roots
Famous Americans with Russian Roots

America is a land built by immigrants. We researched famous Americans with Russian roots and offer this compilation.

By Letitia Rydjeski
Tags: immigration, Russians, us-russian relations
September 25, 2016
Listen and Learn: Shostakovich Turns 110
Listen and Learn: Shostakovich Turns 110

Dmitry Shostakovich created classical music that spoke to modern times. Read up on his life story and listen along to some of finest works along the way. 

By Alice E.M. Underwood
Tags: russia, shostakovich, music, composer, soviet union, ussr, stalin, classical
July 25, 2016
Vasnetsov, Painter and Planet: An Art Gallery
Vasnetsov, Painter and Planet: An Art Gallery

July 25 is the 155th birthday of Apollinary Vasnetsov, who is both a renowned painter of medieval Russia and a fixture in the night sky.

By Alice E.M. Underwood
Tags: vasnetsov, painter, painting, art, artist, russia, history
June 28, 2016
Altai
Altai

Ekaterina Novikova shares her region, the Altai, with us through words and images.

By Ekaterina Novikova
Tags: Altai, Siberia, travel, Katun River
June 21, 2016
Sochi
Sochi

This week we travel to Russia's warmer climes. Lesya Polyakova gives us a quick tour of Sochi.

By Lesya Polyakova
Tags: sochi, black sea
June 16, 2016
Rudolf Nureyev's Great Leap to Freedom
Rudolf Nureyev's Great Leap to Freedom

Ballet great Rudolf Nureyev leapt out of Soviet jurisdiction and into the wider world of Western ballet on June 16, 1961. His leap was as much a political move as a dance move.

By Alice E.M. Underwood
Tags: nureyev, ballet, art, politics, russia, soviet union, defection
June 14, 2016
Kursk Region
Kursk Region

Anastasiya Tsayder takes us inside village living rooms and kitchens, showing a rarely scene slice of Russian rural life.

By Anastasiya Tsayder
May 17, 2016
Tver
Tver

Olga Titova takes us to Tver, a main city located between Moscow and St. Petersburg, a land of candles and goats, bridges and rivers.

By Olga Titova
Tags: goats, mongols, Catherine the Great
May 12, 2016
Questions of Life and Death
Questions of Life and Death

On Victory Day, Russian photographers Mikhail Mordasov and Ignat Kozlov captured images of World War II veterans and young Russians who are the same age as the veterans were when they went off to fight in the war. They asked each of their subjects two questions: "What should one live for?" and "What should one be willing to die for?"

By Mordasov and Kozlov
Tags: world war ii, photography, veterans