1812 in Vereshchagin’s pictures
Vasily Vereshchagin, ‘painter, soldier, traveller’, is one of the few Russian artists of the 19th century who belonged to the democratic school of the visual arts. Consequently, he was not very popular at home, even though widely recognised abroad. The current exhibition at the State Historical Museum pays homage to this talented painter and presents a historical retrospective exhibition with the series dedicated to the 1812 War. Vereshchagin was born in the town of Cherepovets in the Novgorodskaya gubernaya into the family of a nobleman.
He received his education first at the Tsarskoe Selo, the Alexander cadet corps, and later at the naval school at St. Petersburg, making his first voyage in 1858 to Denmark, France and Egypt. After graduating, he abandoned military service in favour of painting, and in 1863 he won a medal from the St. Petersburg Academy of Fine Arts for his Ulysses. The next year Vereschagin became Jean-Léon Gérôme’s apprentice in Paris. His main ideal in arts was ‘truth and simplicity’, something that he expressed in his numerous sketches while travelling in Europe and Caucasus. But it was martial scenes that brought him fame. In 1887 he realised a grand-scale project dedicated to the War of 1812.
He was to complete twenty pictures chronicling the major events of the War from the battle of Borodino to the escape of French troops across the Berezina river. The first ten paintings were exhibited in the History Museum in 1895. The audience warmly greeted the exhibition whereas those in higher ranks who purchased the pictures for the museum were indifferent, and they forgot about the rest of the series that Vereschagin almost completed. The current exhibition presents the whole series for the first time.
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Garage Center for Contemporary Culture presents an exhibition that has been widely discussed from Facebook to Bloomberg since last autumn. Gagage’s projects last year included Antony Gormley’s sculptures, and a collection from French billionaire and Christie’s-owner Francois Pinault. Now Garage bring to the Russian public an anonymously owned collection of Mark Rothko’s canvases. This is Rothko’s first solo show in Moscow. Born in Latvia, fluent in four languages, Rothko made a career in USA where his father had fled before the Revolution in Russia. Being in the circle of avant-garde artists, Rothko soon became the leader of a group of postwar Abstract Expressionist painters. The current show presents twelve pictures which he worked on from 1949 to 1969. ‘Red and Yellow’, the late ‘grey series’ will be presented in interiors elaborated by architect Jamie Fobert. The Garage Center is a former bus depot recently transformed into a modern exposition centre, now also with proper climate conditions installed, to display the Rothko’s paintings in the way that they were displayed in their previous owner’s apartment in Park Avenue in New York.
Baikal the Azure
The ‘Pearl of Siberia’ or the ‘North Sea’ as known in historical Chinese texts, or “the rich lake” as the local tribes called the lake Baikal, has attracted wanderers, poets and artists since ancient times. Since exactly what ancient times we cannot say as this is also one of the oldest lakes in the world, being formed 25 million years ago. From chronicles to folk songs there are traces of this beautiful land: The Glorious Sea - Sacred Baikal, the Wanderer – these are the songs every Russian knows since childhood. But certainly more vivid are the visual images. Alyona Telpukhovskaya, a photographer from the Siberian town of Miass, fell under its spell many years ago. Inspired by oriental philosophy, she has presented her view of this mysterious place
as if in yin and yang, with the waters of the lake being in permanent interaction with the skies. This simultaneous duality and unity are strengthened with such a technical trick as double exposure, thus uniting discrete moments, places and emotions in one picture.
April 3 ‑ May 11
Von Lenkiewicz’s triumph
The Triumph gallery is one of the few trend-setting modern- art galleries in Moscow. And as today’s modern art is both an object of fashion and is fashion itself, an opening of a new artistic space is always a good sign. To mark the event, Triumph presents an exhibition of Wolfe von Lenkiewicz’s works which is his first exhibition in Russia and biggest solo show. It is entitled as ‘Victory Over The Sum’ and is spread in Triumph Gallery’s two locations: a 19th century merchant’s mansion and the gallery’s new space at the Metropol Hotel. The title of the exhibition refers to the Russian avant-garde opera ‘Victory over the Sun’ that was staged in Moscow in 1913. Von Lenkiewicz comes from an artistic family. His grandfather was court painter to the King of Bavaria; his father was a painter in England. An artist with a diploma in philosophy is a rare thing. Von Lenkiewicz uses Old Master techniques as well as from of modern artists from Picasso to Koons, making a fusion of most different characters, images and epochs. Philosophic, but comprehensible.
From April 3
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Easter Day – Victory Day
The earlier the Easter Day occurs, the sooner spring begins, something that has been observed for centuries in Russia. Another saying has emerged recently: the earlier Easter Day comes, the more classical music and performances there will be in the spring. Maestro Gergiev, general director and artistic director of the Mariinsky Theatre, principal conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra, and principal guest conductor of the Metropolitan Opera is starting, here in Moscow, a huge programme of classical music, choral recitals, bell-ringing, and charitable events for orphanages and people in retirement homes. The symphonic part of the programme will be performed in various cities from Kyiv and Yerevan. The Mariinsky choir will sing in the capital of Lithuania, Vilnius. Week-long concerts of bell-ringing are scheduled for numerous cathedrals inside and outside Moscow. This year’s
programme also highlights the 65th jubilee of the World War II Victory. Cities of glory ‑ Volgograd (former Stalingrad), Voronezh, Kursk, Saint-Petersburg (former Leningrad), Vladikavkaz (Gergiev’s home in Ossetia) and Moscow will host performances to mark incredible human losses, and cruelties of the war.
‘The Piaino’s Triumph’
The gilded clef of the Moscow House of Music appeared on the Kosmodamiaskaya embankment in 2002. Since its opening, much attention has been paid to its main ‘Svetlanovsky‘ hall and its modern pipe organ. There were fears that the organ would not stand up to competition with its counterpart in the Tchaikovsky hall of the Moscow Conservatoire. But despite everything that people said, the organ has proved itself and won favourable reports from both Russian and foreign musicians. Wonderful acoustics, the superb taste of its artistic director, Vladimir Spivakov, make the House of Music a must-visit for anyone with an evening of classical music this April.
The repertoire is divided into a series of concerts for both piano and organ.
The concerts given by pianist Alexander Gindin are a regular programme in this series. In April the ‘Piano’s Triumph’ programme presents an organist from France, Olivier Latry. This is the first concert that unites piano and organ. Latry, one of four titulaires des grands orgue of Notre-Dame and Gindin, laureate of the Tchaikovsky competition will present French composers’ scores.
Nightingale from the Internet
Nobody could fail to notice last year’s Eurovision Song Contest which was hosted in the Olimpiysky complex last May. Now the country is fitting out this year’s musical hero to go to Oslo. The competition to select Russian’s representative for 2010 was between twentyfive hopefuls. Music varied from electronics to folk songs, from Russian to Udmurtian and Italian. Finally the professional jury and TV-viewers selected Peter Nalitch’s band with his ‘Lost and Forgotten’ ballade.
Nalitch with his incredible internet fame is hardly a mainstream musician. But as the internet, the modern ‘vox populus’, promoted Nalitch’s band to the level of huge open air concerts in 2007 from one home-made video named Gitar, so did the TV audience award Nalitch a Eurovision
ticket to Oslo. An architect by background, Peter has always been fond of music. His huge success is partly due to his velvet tenor voice, tricky compositions and what is most important ‑ his love and desire for music. The concert at B1 Maximum is a kind of rehearsal, not for the band but for its existing fans and those who don’t know they are fans yet.