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Events in Moscow - February 2019

Andrew McConnell photo exhibition (28.02.19 - 31.03.19)

An exhibition of work by World Press Photo two-time winner, Irish photographer Andrew McConnell, will open at the The Museum of Cosmonautics on 28 February. The show, entitled The Return, will be the first in Russia to exhibit McConnell’s photographs. The exhibited images will show the landing and meeting of International Space Station crews in Kazakhstan.
Andrew McConnell is well-known all over the world. He developed an interest in the problem of electronic waste dumping in Ghana, covered the Syrian refugee crisis and depicted the life of surfers in the Gaza Strip. The exhibition is open until 31 March.

Andrew McConnell photo exhibition (28.02.19 - 31.03.19)

Fireworks on Defender of the Fatherland Day (23.02.19)

On Defender of the Fatherland Day fireworks will be let off at 16 city venues. The map and list of ten- minute- long firework displays on 23 February at 9 pm is published on the open data portal. During the shows, 74 launchers will let off 10,000 salvos.

Fireworks display venues on 23 February.
  • 24 Luzhnetskaya Embankment, Bldg. 6, Luzhniki Olympic Complex, opposite the Big Sports Arena
  • VDNKh, between the northern gate and Selskokhozyaistvennaya Street
  • Lianozovo, 38 Novgorodskaya Street, near Altufyevsky Pond
  • Bauman Townlet (Izmailovsky Island), near Serebryano-Vinogradny Pond, near Bldg. 3
  • Kuzminki Park, 3a Zarechye Street, Bldg. 1
  • Obruchevsky District, 6 Miklukho-Maklaya Street, a sports ground near the People’s Friendship University
  • Yuzhnoye Butovo, 63 Admirala Lazareva Street, Bldg. 2, near Chernevsky Pond
  • Pobedy (Victory) Park on Poklonnaya Gora, near the Central Museum of the Great Patriotic War on Partizan Alley
  • Pobedy (Victory) Park on Poklonnaya Gora, on the hill near the main square
  • Novo-Peredelkino, 18 Fedosyino Street, near the pond
  • Mitino, 5 Roslovka Street, in the landscape park behind the Aquamarine fitness centre
  • Pokrovskoye-Streshnevo, 73 Volokolamskoye Motorway, Tushino aerodrome
  • Levoberezhny District, 2b Festivalnaya Street, Druzhby Park, near the Friendship of the Continents sculpture
  • Zelenograd, 8 Ozyornaya Alley, Pobedy Park near Bolshoi Pond
  • Troitsk, 11 Frunzenskaya Street, Troitsk facility of the Lebedev Institute of Physics (Russian Academy of Sciences)
  • Moskvorechye-Saburovo, 25 Borisovskiye Prudy Street, Block. 3, Moskva River embankment.

Fireworks on Defender of the Fatherland Day (23.02.19)

Emma Waltraud Howes of Canada to present a week-long art project in ZIL Cultural Centre (26.02 - 03.03.19)

Visitors can take part in the performance and join the discussion.
ZIL Cultural Centre will host the week-long project, titled Emma Waltraud Howes: Scores for Daily Living. Performances, a discussion with curators and much more, will be on offer between 26 February and 3 March. The work of Canadian artist Emma Waltraud Howes is based on a synthesis of choreography, performance, video, sculpture, sound and 2D-media.
The Scores for Daily Living performance was inspired by the floor plan of the Kunstverein am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz building in Berlin. For several days in a row, Howes will be exploring the space of ZIL Cultural Centre and she will invite the audience to participate in the performance.
The artist has drawn her own alternative choreographic plans on the floor in the form of scores, signs or instructions, implying a multitude of actions within the space.
The Scores for Daily Living performance will take place on 26, 27 and 28 February (7 pm). On 1 March, at 7.30 pm, there will be a discussion between Emma Waltraud Howes and curators Maria Veie Sandvik and Margarita Osepyan. On 3 March at 3.00 pm, visitors are invited to watch screening of video documentation from the artist’s archive.

Emma Waltraud Howes of Canada to present a week-long art project in ZIL Cultural Centre (26.02 - 03.03.19)

The First at the Moscow Planetarium (14.02 - 01.06.19)

The exhibition The First, dedicated to Yury Gagarin, has opened at the Moscow Planetarium’s Urania Museum. It presents archival documents and photos, collectors’ postcards and stamps as well as old magazines and newspapers featuring articles about the first manned spaceflight. Visitors will have a chance to learn some interesting facts from Gagarin’s biography.

The First at the Moscow Planetarium (14.02 - 01.06.19)

Africa: Zoom in /Zoom out in Manege (13.02 - 10.03.19)

Photographer and documentary film director Sergey Yastrzhembsky’s exhibition is being held in Manege as part of the 11th Moscow international biennale Fashion and Style in Photography 2019.
The show will present pictures taken on numerous trips across Africa. The photographer first visited the continent in the 1970s. Its nature and people astounded him. Images showing highlights from these African journeys will be on display at the Manege Central Exhibition Hall.

Africa: Zoom in /Zoom out in Manege (13.02 - 10.03.19)

Views of Moscow in Goncharovsky Park (18.02 - 15.04.19)

Views of Moscow is taking place at Goncharovsky Park.
The photo exhibition, Views of Moscow, includes a unique collection of drawings and water-colours dating back to the 18th century and early 20th century from the collection of the State History Museum. On display will be masterpieces by cityscape painters, including Fyodor Alexeyev, one of the genre’s founders, and artist Apollinary Vasnetsov, the brother of Viktor Vasnetsov.
Foreign artists who lived and worked in Russia also contributed to creating an improvised chronicle of Old Moscow’s life. Painters from St Petersburg, graduates of the Russian Academy of Arts, were commissioned by the Imperial Court to paint landscapes of Moscow and also helped expand this collection. Creations by the students of these schools are also on display and they convey the atmosphere of ancient city life, as well as the everyday life of its dwellers and their customs.

Views of Moscow in Goncharovsky Park (18.02 - 15.04.19)

Rehearsal of Spring in the Apothecary Garden (23.02 - 10.03.19)

The Apothecary Garden in the MSU Botanical Gardens will host Russia’s largest exhibit of tulips and other plants under the title, The Rehearsal of Spring.
The exhibit will display about 10,000 tulips, daffodils, crocuses, hyacinths, lilies, lilies of the valley, snowdrops and magnolias. They will blossom two months before their natural schedule.
Forcing treatment is used to make a flower blossom ahead of its time. Special conditions are created for bulbs that wake up in any preset time.
Several thousand varieties of bulbous plants will be on display. “In addition, there will be many blossoming bushes, lilacs, sakura, forsythia, fruit-bearing citrus cultures and, of course, surprises. Closer to the end of the exhibit we will probably hold an event to give away flowers,” said Director of the Apothecary Garden Alexander Reteyum.
The “Rehearsal of Spring” exhibit is a large winter holiday for new types of tulips with unusual tinges and aromas. They might smell like watermelons, caramel or apples. Some of them look like peonies, others like roses, lilies, water-lilies or even burning flame.
The music performance, Romantics in the Garden. From Schubert to Chopin, will take place at 7 pm on February 23 in honour of the opening of the exhibit. The Simple Music band will play pieces from the Romantic era.

Rehearsal of Spring in the Apothecary Garden (23.02 - 10.03.19)

Jaan Toomik’s exhibition (13.02 - 24.03.19)

An exhibition of works by Estonian artist Jaan Toomik is currently on at Moscow Museum of Modern Art.
Creations that the artist has developed over the last 20 years are on view and include sculptures, short films and video installations. The exhibits will be displayed in such a way that the viewers will be able to understand the connection between them. The event opened with The Seagulls. Toomik created this video installation back in 2004 in collaboration with musician Rainer Jansis. Many of the artist’s video installations show him in action: for instance, in his video, Dancing with Dad, Toomik breaks the social taboo by dancing on the grave of his late father to a song by Jimi Hendrix.
Traumas are another important motif in his art. The action in his short feature film Oleg takes place in the Soviet army. Having learnt about a fellow soldier’s decision to shoot himself, the lead character does nothing to stop him, but finds his grave 20 years later and camps next to it. Why? The audience will never truly know.
Toomik is often called Estonia’s brightest representative on the international art scene. He has had exhibitions at the Georges Pompidou Centre and Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume, as well as within the framework of various biennales.
The exhibition curator is modern art theorist Viktor Misiano.

Jaan Toomik’s exhibition (13.02 - 24.03.19)

Where There Is No Light (13.02 - 10.03.19)

The Manezh Central Exhibition Hall presents Where There Is No Light, a project by Argentinian photographer Gaby Herbstein, as part of the XI Moscow International Biennale Fashion and Style in Photography 2019. The project is dedicated to the national holiday La Diablada (Dance of the Demons), which is held annually in Jujuy province and lasts for eight days and nine nights.
The tradition of celebrating La Diablada arose from an interweaving of Indian and Spanish customs, combining elements of both a carnival and a religious mystery play. According to the belief of the Andean mountaineers, Nature, Man and Mother Earth came from a single source. Their unity is encroached upon by the devil, a composite character combining some noticeable features of the Christian devil, as well as the pagan demon Anchanchu and the sinister deity Tiw living in the underworld.
Gaby Herbstein has been taking photographs for 23 years. Throug her projects, she draws attention to the problems of the environment, identity and the preservation of the cultural heritage of endangered peoples.

Where There Is No Light (13.02 - 10.03.19)

People at Manege Central Exhibition Hall (13.02 - 19.03.19)

People at the Manege has works by Yury Rost on  display. The retrospective exhibition is being put on to mark the 80th birthday of the photographer, journalist, writer and traveller. It is a centerpiece of the 11th Moscow international biennale Fashion and Style in Photography 2019.
The project is devoted to strong spirited personalities. Yury Rost’s camera lens catches both noted cultural and science figures (Faina Ranevskaya, Bulat Okudzhava, Andrei Sakharov and Dmitry Likhachyov) as well as ordinary people such as country folk, fellow travellers on a train, children and elderly men and women.
The exposition includes not only photos but also stories too. The artist says he never considered himself a photographer but was illustrating texts to create a coherent story.

People at Manege Central Exhibition Hall (13.02 - 19.03.19)

Different colour foxes on display in Sokolniki (05-28.02.19)

The mini-zoo at Moscow’s Sokolniki Park, features an exhibition of recently rescued foxes from fur farms. Visitors will see 18 animals, including rare breeds and Arctic foxes. After the newcomers get used to their surroundings, it will be possible to be present during feeding time and there’ll also be classes about foxes. Fur farms breed foxes for their fur. In the Sokolniki mini-zoo, they will live in a spacious enclosure, and will be looked after by specialists.
Along with the red foxes, the exhibition will show rare snow and pearl foxes, silver foxes, Collicott and Arctic foxes. Visitors will be offered the opportunity to play with the animals under the supervision of experts. At the mini-zoo there are also other animals too, such as reindeer, ferrets, raccoons, mink, sheep and rams plus birds like pigeons and bullfinches.
Exhibition opening times: daily from 10 am to 8 pm

Different colour foxes on display in Sokolniki (05-28.02.19)

Magnum Live Lab/19 at Zaryadye (11.02 - 04.03.19)

The Dome Pavilion will host an exhibit of the work of renowned photographers.
The exhibit will include work by Thomas Dworzak (Germany), Alex Majoli (US) and Newsha Tavakolian (Iran). Moscow Magnum Live Lab/19 participants had two week to shoot at various Moscow locations. Zaryadye Park visitors can watch each stage of the creative process.
The photographers had to see the city as theatre. They focused on Moscow architecture as theatrical scenes.

Magnum Live Lab/19 at Zaryadye (11.02 - 04.03.19)

Rural Pushkin at exhibition halls on Arbat (08.02 - 03.03.19)

Paintings by Igor Shaimardanov devoted to Alexander Pushkin’s life in the countryside will be on display at the Pushkin State Museum’s exhibition halls.
The artist uses an unusual technique: he scratches the contour of a drawing on coated paper with a needle and rubs on oil paint.

Rural Pushkin at exhibition halls on Arbat (08.02 - 03.03.19)