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A Night in the musuems

3 November 2009 No Comment

Museums in Moscow are one of the best things that happened to humanity. The variety is great so you can spend entire days looking at artwork. From early Egiptians to contemporary art, from the traditional and orthodox forms of art to the most bizarre and experimental. This is a city of a vast culture where you can breathe history. The choices are ample and to discover Russian art is a revelation, especially to enjoy the Futurists (Mikhail Larionov, Natalia Goncharova, and Kazimir Malevich inspired by poets like Mayakovski), and the XX century artists, some of them influenced by French schools of art, others by the totalitarian system and the cult of personality of Lenin and then Stalin. It would be boring to list all the museums and artists you should look for, because unless you come to Moscow there is no point really, but nevertheless I will recommend some artists though that you can probably check out on line. I can tell you briefly to visit the Tretyakov gallery on Krymsky Val which holds the Russian artists from the XX century including the Russian futurists , the non-conformists, the agitprop among others. IMG_0665The People waited for over an hour to get inhis is the extension part of the Tretyakov project which holds Russian art from previous centuries. The Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, another jewel is the largest museum of European art in Moscow, you will need a couple of days. Check out the photographs of Alexandr Rodchenko who was also an avant gard painter, productivist and constructivist. Another one that you canĀ“t miss is Alexander Alexandrovich Deyneka a hard core atheist, painter, graphic artist and sculptor. He is one of the most important Russian modernist figurative painters of the 1st half of the 20th century.

Once a year the city organizes a Night at the museums where the museums are free and open until late hours of the night or early hours of the morning whichever you prefer. So flocks of Russians invade the dozens of museums of the Russian capital on Saturday May 15. On this night all the museums are free and a lot of them feature concerts and performances. Some sell food and beverages (beer and wine). The line ups to the popular ones are unbelievable. I wish Canadians (specially in Vancouver) were so keen to see art or had enough culture to get away from hockey and see some of the artistic expressions. I wish Vancouver could have at least half of the museums that Moscow has. Compared to this city Vancouver is very illiterate. Mexico city can also boast being one of the cities where you can spend days and days appreciating art in these institutions. We went to the museum of Oriental cultures and saw a Hindu dance spectacle, Indian and drumming were happening in the courtyard and the line up to enter was so huge that it went around the corners. We visited a couple of more museums featuring photographs of the second World War and one exhibition dedicated to the Russian writer Nikolai Gogol (just finished reading the Overcoat). At the end, we went to an ecological photograph exhibition. Concerts, modern art, costumes, beer, crowds, etc. A night to remember.IMG_0666

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