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Events in Moscow - April 2017

The Art of the Brick

1 Apr - 16 Apr

"The Art of the Brick" is a global touring exhibition rated by CNN as one of the world's "Must See Exhibitions" and is finally coming to Moscow's Expocenter on February 23rd! These are the first art exhibitions to focus exclusively on the use of LEGO® bricks as an art medium and artist Nathan Sawaya has taken it to new heights. This award-winning artist has multiple unique exhibitions created solely from standard LEGO bricks often with several new sculptures created specifically for each exhibition. Each show has countless colorful LEGO pieces which Sawaya has transformed into whimsical and awe-inspiring creations. Sawaya’s ability to transform this common toy into something meaningful, his devotion to spatial perfection and the way he conceptualizes action, enables him to elevate what almost every child has played with into the status of contemporary art.

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1 Apr - 30 Apr

The Moscow Museum of Modern Art (MMOMA) is holding two large exhibition projects called “NAIV...NO” ("Naive") and “Sotvorenie Mira” (“Creation of the World”). United by the theme of naive art, the exhibition puts the work of self-taught artists into the context of art processes of the 20th century and to find a point of contact between naive art and such radical art movements as avant-garde, conceptualism and primativism by demonstrating artworks of some of the contemporary naive artists from Russia and Europe. Art produced by so-called “non-professionals” was first flagged down by members of the still nascent avant-garde movement at the start of the 20th century. Works of self-taught artists were full of the power of spontaneous symbolism which became so in demand in the art world.

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The Masterpieces of Byzantine Art

1 Apr - 9 Apr

The Byzantine civilization is one of the most exciting and unique in world history. Byzantine art gave the impetus for the development of ancient Russian culture. In recent years, major foreign museums, such as the Metropolitan and the Louvre, hosted large-scale exhibitions of Byzantine art with great success. The “Masterpieces of Byzantine Art” exhibition at the Tretyakov Gallery will be the first to present the renowned masterpieces of Byzantine art to the Moscow public. Major Greek museums such as the Byzantine and Christian Museum in
Athens, the Benaki Museum, the Byzantine Museum in Thessaloniki, as well as church museums, lend their treasures to the State Tretyakov Gallery.


Best of Russia

1 Apr - 30 Apr

Best of Russia, the annual national photo contest, was founded by WINZAVOD in 2008 with the support of Russia’s Ministry of Culture. It aims to capture the country's everyday life in offbeat and rich photos taken by ordinary people. Any Russian citizen is free to submit their work and many of the participants include recognized artists as well as amateur photographers of different ages. This is your chance to see Russia as it really is with all its beauty, quirks and nuances.


Yasumasa Morimura. The history of self-portrait

1 Apr - 9 Apr

The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts is proud to present a solo exhibition of the contemporary Japanese artist - Yasumasa Morimura. The exhibition is dedicated to the history of self-portrait in the world art. The display will present over 80 pieces from the collections of various Japanese museums and artist’s own collection. In his art, the Japanese artist attempts to analyze modern trends in art and to re-evaluate the importance and the place of the traditional system of values in today’s world. Today, Yasumasa Morimura is considered the most well-known Japanese artist working with the appropriation genre.

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The Thaw

1 Apr - 30 Apr

“The Thaw” at the State Tretyakov Gallery is a large-scale culture history exhibition, dedicated to the period of Russian national history which is traditionally considered by scholars as the “Thaw.” The exhibition’s aim is to show not only the achievements of that period but also its challenges
and conflicts. The display includes works of painters, sculptors and movie directors who were witnesses and agents of decisive transformations in the most important spheres of the lives of the Soviet people. Their opinions are controversial, which makes the
exhibition all the more versatile. The exhibition area is designed around a few thematic sections, such as “Talking with Father,” “The Best City on Earth,” “International Relations,” “The New Ways of Life,” “Exploration,” “Atom — Space,” and “Towards the Communism!”.


Armenian Impressionism. From Moscow To Paris.

1 Apr - 30 Apr

Majestic mountains and the strict beauty of medieval churches, traditional food and cognac, the piercing canvases of Arshile Gorky and the cinematic frescas of Sergei Parajanov - that is what Armenia is known for. The Museum of Russian Impressionism presents this little
known country through the art of Armenian impressionist artists, who absorbed the best of Moscow and Paris and are no less impressive than the paintings of Monet, Degas or Renoir. “Armenian Impressionism. From Moscow to Paris” presents 54 works by 19 different artists from the National Gallery of Armenia, The Yerevan Museum of Russian Art and private collections.


Zinaida Serebryakova

4 Apr - 30 Apr

A retrospective of Zinaida Serebryannikova’s works as the State Treetyakov Gallery is the most complete presentation of the artists’ works over 30 years. The emphasis in the exhibition is made on the most fruitful period in her life — her Russian period. A prominent place is given to Serebryakova’ portraiture, her most preferred genre, and also to landscapes. In addition, the exhibit will feature sketches for the murals of the Kazansky Railway Station in Moscow and a series of paintings revealing the behind-the-curtain world of the Mariinsky Theater. Works of the Paris period will be contributed by French collections; those pieces will be displayed in Russia for the first time. Moreover, also for the first time, Moscow patrons will be able to see decorative panels of the Brouwer Villa that for a long time have been considered to have been lost during World War II. 


Tommy Emmanuel

4 Apr 

Is it a one-man show or a whole ensemble? It's hard to tell with Tony Emanuel, who has the sound range and mastery of a small orchestra. This Australian guitar virtuoso was nominated for the Grammy twice, and has been winning over crowds since he first started playing at the age of 4. See Emanuel make music magic on stage this spring! 

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Modern Art: 1960–2000. Restart

15 Apr -  30 Apr

One of the most important functions of a museum is to find and include into its collection the best and most important key works of modern art. The new version of the permanent exhibition of modern art at the Tretyakov Gallery demonstrates the diversity of artistic trends in the art of the second half of the XX century. The exhibition "Modern Art: 1960–2000. Restart" is designed to overcome the viewers’ misunderstandings and mistrust towards contemporary art, to get them acquainted them with the most interesting works and to create an adequate idea of the vast cultural period, forming the art space around us.


Akaky is our Superman

1 Apr -  30 Apr

"The Overcoat" by Nikolai Gogol, one of the most famous Russian writers of all time, narrates the life and death of titular councillor Akaky Akakievich Bashmachkin, an impoverished government clerk and copyist in the Russian capital of St. Petersburg. Akaky was born on March 23rd and as a sort of birthday celebration, the New Wing at the Gogol Museum is launching a special exhibition to celebrate the protagonist's 175th anniversary. Visitors go back in time and try on overcoats, find themselves in a comic book about Akaky's posthumous adventures, witness his transformation from the fly into superman, participate in Hollywood voting - the capital of the new world built by Akaky. The central part of the exhibition are 13 original graphic works by Elena Avinova, which reinterpret Gogol's classical text through a graphic story. 



Saint Louis and Relics of the Sainte-Chapelle

1 Apr -  30 Apr

The Moscow Kremlin Museums present an exhibition introducing the greatest achievements of medieval culture of France to the Russian audience. The exhibition in the Moscow Kremlin Museums will show true masterpieces of French Gothic art related to the epoch of one of the most famous French kings – Saint Louis IX (1214 – 1270). Most of them will be presented in Russia for the first time, including items from the largest collections of France – Louvre Museum, Museum of the Middle Ages (Cluny), a number of provincial French museums, as well as manuscripts and documents from the National Library and the National Archives of France. For more information,please, click here. Entrance fee is 500 rubles. The exhibition will open on March 3.





23 Apr 

With the way things are looking these days, we wouldn't blame you for thinking the apocalypse is coming. When and how that might happen - we don't know for sure, but here's one thing that's certain: APOCALYPTICA is definitely coming, and they're aiming Moscow with bows at the ready. Headed by three graduates of the Finnish music school Sibelius Academy, APOCALYPTICA shreds away heavy metal tunes...on cellos. At this concert, they'll be playing tributes to the infamous Metallica band, a throwback to the early days of their career. 

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